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Can anyone recommend a shampoo & conditioner for thinning/oily/fine hair?
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I'm a 26 year old Caucasian transgender woman with multiple hair issues. My hair has always been oily at my scalp with dandruff/flaking but now I also have issues with hair loss/thinning (which is not typical for genetic women at my age). My hair is also pretty straight for the most part, fine and color-treated (naturally dark brunette dyed red) - I typically will not put any product in my hair after I shower and VERY rarely style it with a heating tool (blow dryer, curling or flat iron). I've used (and still use on occasion) Wen cleansing conditioner which is very gentle on my thinning hair (I don't notice much hair falling out when I cleanse with it) but I don't feel like I can go more than a day without having to cleanse my hair again due to oil build-up. I've tried multiple Carol's Daughter products because they are formulated with natural ingredients and exclude many of the harmful properties that Wen also leaves out of their products (Sulfates, Parabens, Phthalates, etc.) and am now using the Monoi Repairing Shampoo & Rosemary Mint Clarifying Conditioner. This shampoo/conditioner combo leaves my hair feeling very clean (free of oil build-up), soft and shiny but I have the problem of having about 50-75 strands of hair falling out (not breakage) each time I wash my hair every second day, aside from when my hair just naturally falls out on a day-to-day basis (maybe 20-30 stands that I notice). Does anyone with similar hair issues have a shampoo/conditioner combo that works well for them that they would recommend trying? Price isn't an issue as long as I find something that's effective. Thanks!


After reading some helpful responses to my issue/question, I thought I should add this to my post:  


I mentioned my being transgender as an indicator as to why I'm dealing with hair loss (as a genetic male). It's definitely just a natural testosterone interaction problem for me. Part of my hormone replacement therapy (prescribed by an Endocrinologist) includes antiandrogen drugs to combat my hair loss issues. However, I have noticed using different products such as Wen vs. Carol's Daughter Monoi Repairing Shampoo, for example, I have more fallout with one than I do with the other.  So, I was hoping to find a shampoo/conditioner that wouldn't give me as much fallout as I'm getting now.  


I included pictures so anyone reading would have a better idea of what my hair looks like.  The photo was taken last week so it's very up-to-date as far as its [my hair's] current state.

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Hi Th3gard3n,


Your hair looks great and healthy in your picture. I love the color too. It sounds like you're on the right track, cutting back on blow drying and heat styling really helps the health of hair. I don't use a blow drier as much and noticed less fall out and dryness. I recommend that you continue to use sulfate free shampoos and conditioners because, it wont strip the hair as much.


Try using the Alterna Caviar Clinical Daily Detoxifying Shampoo, this shampoo helps clear follicle clogging dirt and oil and leaves your hair feeling really clean. (but not in a dry way)!




Remove excess water and apply the Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Moisture Conditioner to the ends only.


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Also, the Ouidad Biotin Lightweight Reparative Hair Serum is an amazing treatment to prevent breakage. It helps nourish the scalp and prevent fall out.




I too have an oily scalp and in between washing I like to use the Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo. The small size is perfect to just throw in your bag!


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I think you are doing good for your hair by using a gentle shampoo, but sometimes thinning/hair loss isn't caused by anything that shampoo can fix, it's a medical thing. Under or over- active thyroid can really make your hair thin out, so have you doctor check to make sure that isn't your problem. It's a simple blood test that's relatively inexpensive as testing goes and the medication is also very reasonably priced. There is also a testosterone hormone interaction that can cause hair thinning, so be sure to have your hormone levels checked while you are there.

Good luck, I hope you can solve your problem, your hair looks very pretty.


Loving the lipstick!  If it's not medical, I do recommend Ouidad's Bay Leaf Scalp Treatment, I have straight, fine hair and I  used to lose a lot of it, I've noticed a reduction of hair loss when I use it twice a week as conditioner as well as some notable thickening (even my BF has noticed) Smiley Happy It does take a few uses to start noticing benefits though Smiley Tongue Hope this helps!  

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Oh I have the same problem, altho the cause is more due to stress/sleep (oh man, you've got solid make up skills. I love the cat eye red lips look). 


Medical/thyroid is often one of the causes cited for hair loss, so  whatever prettyinpa said. Also, it might have something to do with vitamins and nutrition, I had friends who saw wonderful results with Vitamin B/Biotin pills. Lastly, not often heard in US but almost all doctors in China that we met when I went back to visit told me the same thing---sleep. Basically you've heard how an hour of sleep you get before midnight count more than an hour of sleep you get after midnight right? and how your body repairs itself at night? Apparently the crucial time is 11pm-3am, so if you make sure to get majority of your sleep around that time every day, your hair should improve.


So those are more long term fix. As for build ups, I really like Ouidad scalp exfoliator, which also helps to detangle my hair and since I use a harsh shampoo, hydrate/balances my hair a bit. Another poster mentioned you can add grounded up couscous to it if you want more exfoliating power.


I'm also trying Phyto scalp treatment but not sure about the effect yet. If your hair always/only falls out in whole strand at roots, try looking into a shampoo that focuses on scalps (I brought a L'occitane one that I'm intending to try). So, that's all I know about thinning oily hair, still in the experimenting stage, too. Good luck!

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