OK, add a few decades, shorten the bangs area and put in some highlights and you'd have what I look like now...yeah! In my dreams!
My last visit to get my hair done was truly a shocker. First, it had been nine months since my last hair appointment. Can you imagine? I mean, I could have had a baby in that period if I weren't so old! My stylist/colorist works wonders on volumizing my hair, but this last time was the most difficult time ever. My five bald spots are growing in for the most part, but let's admit it: my receding hair line is the pits. When my colorist started putting in those "foils," she exclaimed, "what in the world happened?" A couple of years ago, I lost about 1/3 of my hair. It was finally growing in nicely thanks to Rogaine and my Phyto vitamins for hair. My stylist wanted to know what in the world had happened to me now, horrified. She was literally shocked by what I had - or in my case what I didn't have - on my head. Instead of my six strands of pathetic hair on my head, I now had three! (OK, slight exaggeration, though not by much!)
But this time, I had at least half my hair volume missing. When I looked at the little, pathetic bits of cut hair on the floor, it literally floored me (pun, anyone?). My stylist cut the hair little by little so that the bald spots would be covered but not having my hair too long because of the problems of maintaining hair for a chronically ill person. The result is always some variation of the "pixie," easy, peasy.
According to the Mayo Clinic's web site:
"Thyroid problems. The thyroid gland helps regulate hormone levels in your body. If the gland isn't working properly, hair loss may result..."And:
"Sudden loosening of hair. A physical or emotional shock can cause hair to loosen. Handfuls of hair may come out when combing or washing or even after gentle tugging. This type of hair loss usually causes overall hair thinning and not bald spots."
Shedding? Oh my heavens, yes. Not only was my hair brush full of hair each day, but the bathtub full of hair after a bath was frightening. It got to the point that the shedding was so bad that hair was even getting into my mouth. Yum! And yes, I have the characteristic of the last third of my brows not there any longer, not that they were ever too prominent to begin with. PLUS, my bald spots were caused by bad falls, not hormone-related.
So, what are the reasons/factors which put me into this state? If I were a betting woman, I'd say:
- My hypothyroidism (see link for symptoms)
- My lowered HGH level
- My lowered DHEA level
- The stress of my gall bladder surgery
- The physical stress of undiagnosed pneumonia - for a few MONTHS!
- The emotional stress about seemingly everything: worries about my kids being the biggest factor, perhaps. (I can always find something to worry about, but I'm working on refraining from worry.)
- Flying halfway around the world to Malaysia (though I wouldn't change anything about the trip!)
I could come up with a few other factors if I really thought about it. The compartment surgery of a year and a half ago when I almost died didn't help - obviously?
It's been three weeks since the hair appointment. At least I now look like I can go out in public without scaring little children and unsuspecting men.
I'm back (as of yesterday) to using Rogaine on my barely-there eyebrows and the receding hairline. I'm also using SmartLash on my eyelashes. Yep. Those, too, are rather skimpy. And I actually had a discussion with hubs about "brown soap," Octagon. But that's for another post!
BTW: Anyone have opinions on Octagon soap used as shampoo? I'm off to do my research!
As always, hoping everyone's feeling their best, only better! Ciao and paka!
(NOTE: I must emphasize that you check with your doctor before using Rogaine. Menoxidil was originally used to lower blood pressure, for example. Since so many of us have low BP's, that needs to be factored in.)