The Struggle IS REAL: My Hair Loss

Saturday, November 15, 2014

I'm currently suffering from some quite severe hair loss, I noticed a very small thin patch of hair while I was pregnant with Freya, I didn't think to much of it because of pregnancy hormones. After having Freya my hair began to shed drastically all over making the hair loss at my crown more noticeable. I went to the doctors then and was told that shedding is normal and to wait until Freya is a year old if it continues then you may have a problem. My hair started to grow back and thicken up though the middle remained on the thinner side. 
Fast forward a year Freya is now over two years old and I have noticed a considerable amount of thinning around my crown. I returned to the doctors yesterday and saw a new GP as I wasn't happy with the male doctor I saw previously. She great very understanding and let me explain myself and didn't make me feel silly about my concerns.

I explained to the doctor my current hair regimen:
no relaxer for 6 years + 
no weave ever
no braids for 2 years +
no twists or other extensions since January 2014 (wore chunky twists and clip in extensions for a few months summer 2013)
heat Styling on a low setting not regularly 
no harsh chemicals for 6+ years  
using only natural oils and clays for last 12 weeks explained Max hydration Method

I told her that I often try out new product due to my blog, a have a healthy diet though I have lost a lot of weight without really trying to hard. I also mentioned that I get quite tired and have recently had the flu. I mentioned that my tingles sometimes but doesn't puss or dry out and flake.

Doctors Initial Diagnosis:
She said that my hair loss has nothing to do with Freya and that shedding should not be concentrated in one area. she also said that the hair practices seem perfectly fine but so we can eliminate all culprits to stop using ANY products on my hair bar the medicated shampoo she prescribed to. She understood (due to her being of African decent) that my hair would dry out from the Topical Shampoo so she said I can use a leave in conditioner on my ends or a butter just avoid my scalp. She said it was fine to wear a wig provided I wear a wig cap as she said the pattern of the hair loss looked like it may be a fungal infection. She subscribed Nizarol as a first step and she said she will look at it again in 4 weeks. She also arranged for me to have my blood looked at, because of the tiredness, combined with hair loss and weight loss could all be related so I will be having this done on Tuesday.

A few positive thing. she mentioned was that the rest of my hair looked amazingly healthy. she said that the thinning area wasn't smooth so it is likely that the follicles are still alive and hair will grow back once we find the cause. I mentioned taking vitamins like biotin and she said that it wouldn't hurt my cause but not to put to much stock into just vitamins until we find the underlying cause of the hair loss.
I've been doing a lot of my own research comparing images and experiences online. so far I have a few theories but of cause that are just that.

Over-active Thyroid

Hyperthyroidism happens when the thyroid becomes over-activeand produces too much of its hormones. Hyperthyroidism affects women 10 times more often than men, and is most common in people aged 20-40. People with hyperthyroidism have problems that reflect oover-activity of the organs of the body, resulting in symptoms such as sweating, feeling hot, rapid heartbeats, hair loss, weight loss and sometimes eye problems.

'Hot Comb' Alopecia  or Follicular Degeneration Syndrome

Thought to be caused by frequent use of oil pomades and hot combs, used to straighten natural Black hair. product can be liquefied and dribbled along hair fibres, into the hair follicles. As a result, the skin around the follicle became inflamed, which led to patchy, diffuse hair loss
The condition usually presents itself as a well-defined patch of hair loss. Whilst it may start off small, this patch can slowly expand over time. Affected hair follicles become inflamed and tenderness is not uncommon; there may even be noticeable redness and pustules in the scarred area, depending on the sensitivity of the skin. Hot Comb Alopecia occurs most commonly in women in their 20s, and left untreated, can progress over a period of 20 to 30 years, causing further hair loss. can be permanent due to scarring and cause infections.

I've also checked out the more common Anaemia which can cause hair loss.

I've been given lots of advice and suggestions for natural remedies which I will look into after the 4 weeks using the prescribed Nizarol shampoo, I don't have much faith in it but I want to at least try the options that have been prescribed by my doctor, she is open to me trying other things once the 4 weeks are up. It very upsetting not knowing why my hair is falling out, thank you for all your positive messages Via Instagram. I'm aware that worse things can happen and I'm thankful for my otherwise good health


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