Here is a source of hair loss I’m willing to bet you have not heard about before. Fumes from memory foam products causing hair loss. This is all true and nothing exaggerated. I was bedridden for months from chronic pain and I started noticing my hair was falling out in large amounts. Just running my hands through my hair would end up with large amounts of hair. No bald spots or patches but terribly thin where you could see the scalp. Just running the brush through my hair would fill it with a huge wad of hair. I also had problems the skin on my arms and face peeling as well. More like rolling off. I never had problems with my skin before. I found this to be quite disturbing.
After some investigation, I realized it was the memory foam pad on my bed. The fumes were causing my hair to fall out and affecting my skin. I hated to do so, but I threw out this pad which had cost several hundred dollars. I got rid of every foam product. This stopped the hair loss and my skin cleared up, but now I had a problem as to how to restore the thinning hair. Three months later, the skin had cleared but my hair wasn’t growing back in.
I discovered that Biotin was a vitamin supplement which improves your hair, skin and nails. I began taking 3000mg biotin tablets per day. This is three times the recommended dose of just one tablet daily. Within 30 days, my hair began growing in quite densely. All of these brand new hairs were growing. My nails became thicker and stronger than I have ever had. Over the months and years, my hair which has always been thin as is common with blond hair, became really thick and curly. It actually forms ringlets. My hair has always been straight as a string. All of my doctors and dentists were so shocked by the way my hair was growing in so thick that several started taking extra biotin. I’ve never heard anything about the foam products or biotin before.
Then it occurred to me whether foam products might be the reason we see so many young males and now a higher number of females who are having hair loss at a young age. I know my hair stopped falling out and my skin cleared up as soon as I got rid of the foam products. It affected me quite severely because I was in prolonged close proximity with it when I was bedridden for months. The more time you spend on the foam products, the more severe the affects. So it would affect some people more than others based on how much time they are close to the foam, how much foam is present and where it is located… bed pad, mattress, pillows, furniture, etc.
I remember when I bought the memory foam pad to put on top of my Select Comfort air bed, the instructions were to air out the memory foam pad outside for 5 days before bringing it into the house. So right from the factory, they are warning us about the fumes. Since I am seeing an increase in hair loss among younger people than we saw 2 or 3 decades ago before foam was so popular, this rang a warning bell. As I mentioned, being an engineer & research scientist, I notice patterns.
I could be wrong. You don’t have to throw out your foam, but try placing your foam products and foam pillows into plastic bags and removing them for a few months. Then try taking Biotin every day and see if your hair doesn’t grow in thicker after a month. Hair grows at a rate of about 1/2 inch per month, so you will only see new hairs beginning to grow after a month.
However, the biotin will not work as long as you continue to be exposed to the fumes from the foam products.
I would be interested to see if this might reverse some of the hair loss, especially in the younger generations. But it might also help the older ones as well. This fixed the problem for me and my hair is now thick and long and curls and looks like Charlene Tilton’s hair when she was young. I never had thick hair or curly hair like that. It was straight and fine more like Jennifer Aniston’s hair.
I can only say it worked for me. I don’t know if it will work for others. There isn’t much to lose by trying this. Remove the foam from your bed and pillows where you sleep. I only sleep on down pillows. Air out your room every day for a half hour. Check with your doctor to make sure it is ok for you to take more than the recommended dose of Biotin each day. It will be at least a month or more before you see the new hair and longer before you realize if it is thicker and healthier like mine.
But I would be interested to know if this helps restore hair loss for anyone else.