Reader SOS: Help! My Hair Hangs in Clumps!


Q: Hi Jessica!

My name is Liz and I recently stumbled upon your blog and love it. Thank you so much for all of the wonderful product reviews. I thought you may be able to provide some insight on fine hair.  I have fine, blonde hair that is shoulder length. I highlight my hair as well but just stick to partial highlights. My hair has always been fine, shiny, and very pretty- even though I’ve always wished for thick hair! However in the past year my hair has gone through a radical change that I cannot pinpoint on anything(no new medications,etc). It does not lay nicely after blow drying as it used to and has lost all of its beautiful shine. It hangs in “clumps” now and the texture feels like I have dipped my hair into chlorine.  I have gone to my dermatologist, multiple hairdressers, and spent a lot of money on various fancy hair products hoping for a change. I recently read you review on Yarok Feed Your Volume and Rahua. Do you have any suggestions on products to try?

A: Hi Liz!

First of all, I must say, you are so pretty and your hair looks gorgeous in your profile photo!  (Maybe it’s an old pic…)  As far as products go, I highly recommend both Yarok’s and Rahua’s Volumizing shampoo and conditioner.  They are equally fabulous and I switch back and forth between the two brands (I have fine hair, too).  I also love Intelligent Nutrients Volumizing spray and leave-in conditioner.  I use these on a daily basis as well.  Honest to God, once I started using all these products, the quality of my hair improved dramatically.  It doesn’t matter how much you spend on “fancy” hair products if they contain nasty toxic chemicals, which most of them do, sadly.

Secondly, I am thinking that this could be a health issue.  Possible culprits could be your water, your diet, stress, etc.  For example, when I bought a whole-house water filter (Aquasana, expensive, but the best) the quality of my hair immediately improved.  There is so much chlorine and other nasty stuff in city water these days!

I also consulted Dr. Sherri Jacobs, my naturopath, who has helped me with multiple mystifying health issues over the years.  This is what she had to say:
“The first two things I think of when hair changes like this:
  1. Hormonal changes— any change in cycle length, PMS symptoms, pregnancy, menopause, etc?
  2. Digestion- if she is eating a well balanced, whole foods type diet– is she absorbing all of her nutrients? Nutrient deficiencies always show up first in the hair and nails. B-vitamins, iron, essential fatty acids are all crucial for hair health–not just getting them in, but actually absorbing them well.
It is actually a fairly complex topic because it really depends on what is going on with her specifically. If she hasn’t, I would suggest basic screening labs (blood work) from her primary provider— this will give her a starting point to figuring it all out.   I am happy to chat with her via phone- 15 minute consult to discuss in more detail– she can schedule online, call office or email me directly.”
I hope that helps, Liz!  Good luck and let me know how you are doing!