How many of you ladies have jumped at the sight of an awkwardly shocking glob of murky soapy hair that’s blocking your shower drain while you happily finish your daily showering business? Probably all of us at some point in our lives!
I have been there way too many times to even remember now. My scalp usually goes through a period of shedding hair every year…and it’s definitely not a happy time!
Every year I’m miserable around summer. (That’s when the most shedding happens). Every summer I spend most of my days indoors so I don’t have to wash my hair and see loads of hair staring at me in the drain making me feel like I’m suffering from some life threatening disease that I’m yet to discover!
Saying all this I have come to accept that this is a process that happens to some more frequently than others and it’s quite a natural one and there’s nothing to be scared about it.
Yes yes, I know it all sounds nice and normal but no one prepares you for the emotional effect it has on you while you’re body is doing its whacky thing.
For women all over the world, hair is one of the most celebrated features of beauty. To have thick, healthy hair is like being born with a lucky star. So when you see yourself losing something that’s revered everywhere in all cultures and communities, it’s literally quite heartbreaking!
So let’s face it, the longer your hair, the more hair you’ll see, and the worse you will feel when you lose it. I have pretty long hair (almost upto my elbows) so you can imagine how crazy I was going! It would take absolute ages for my hair to grow that length so when I was seeing all this hair saying goodbye to their home I was bound to feel pretty worried.
To put my mind at ease and half heartedly expecting to hear that I’m gonna die soon I went to see a dermatologist for my excessive hair loss. I was taken to a room where photos that were digitally magnified probably a thousand times were taken and I was asked questions about whether I understood my hair and really knew the difference between broken and ‘falling’ hair. (Rolling eyes). I have pretty healthy hair otherwise, meaning they aren’t chemically treated or dry so there wasn’t much breakage. It was all coming out from the source. Read roots.
I was told that it is very common to undergo severe hair loss after a traumatic experience, accident or an illness. I had gone through tremendous stress a few months prior to my hair fall dilemma so it made complete sense to the doctor as to why I was facing this condition. Basically in a nutshell your hair will leave you after you stress a lot. Not right away but it will leave you. It will get all angry at you because you stressed so much that it had to eventually leave you.
Most pregnant women will also face hair loss during or after their pregnancy. Usually the surge in hormones helps facilitate hair growth and once the baby is delivered the hormones balance out and one of the repercussion of that is that you lose hair. Sadly.
One big lesson I have learnt. DONT STRESS. For the sake of vanity and your hair, do not stress. Our scalp really despises it. Secondly, give it nourishment. Oil massages and hot oil treatments are imperative for strong healthy hair. Massages promote blood circulation which is key for rapid new hair growth. But the most important thing; eat your proteins and happy hair foods like eggs, fish, bananas, nuts, legumes etc consistently.
Another thing the doctor told me was that do not wait for your scalp or hair to get dirty before you wash it. Regular washing keeps your scalp clean which is important for new hair growth. Wash your hair with tepid water.
Ladies, I hope this will help you and make you feel less anxious about what you are going through. Trust me, I know the feeling very well and I know how heart wrenching it can be. But the good thing is that it does stop and it does get better!
Remember the hair that you are losing now was suppose to leave your scalp at some point. Unfortunately when and how much hair we lose is something we cannot always control. But there is hope and it does stop and it does get back to normal 😊
Hair care tips that worked for me:
1. I started taking Biotin supplements regularly to encourage new ‘stronger’ hair growth.
2. I also incorporated MSM (Methyl-Sulfonyl-Methane) an organic sulphur compound which is usually found in meat, dairy and some vegetables in powder form by taking a teaspoon everyday in a glass of water or mixing it with my shampoo. Hair is made up of a protein called keratin which is high in sulphur content. As we age the ‘anagen’ phase of the hair reduces. Anagen phase is when the hair is at its strongest and healthiest. With ageing our hair becomes thin and brittle. That is due to lack of collagen and sulphur in our bodies. Supplementing sulphur will ensure thick strong hair growth like before.
3. I switched to natural organic shampoo and skipped on the conditioning during this period.
4. I did scalp acupressure which is pressing on certain points on your scalp to release tension and increase blood circulation.