Women and Hair Loss

Today brings a more serious post about a topic that I have found importance in very recently. If you’re the blog reader that reads for great photos and images, you should probably leave now because I have no photos today. This topic is too important to import photos from Google or Pinterest. #sorryi’mnotsorry

I want to start out with saying that in no way or form am I bald or even close to being bald. Yes, I’m still losing hair but no one except me can tell that I am shedding more than normal. Except for maybe Kyle because he sees my hair all over the shower ;) My hair does look thinner but it isn’t noticeable to random people I meet.

I also want to let everyone know that I am not a doctor and everything I’m posting here is all based on personal research (that I believe to be valid) and personal experience. So don’t get any crazy ideas and start calling me Dr. Becky… that would be bad for my ego ;)

Okay, now that we have all of that out of the way, we can talk about hair loss and it’s impact on women. I originally was not going to post about this but the more I talked with friends and friends of friends, the more common female hair loss became to me. I would mention the fact that I was losing hair very quickly and my girlfriends would jump in and mention a time that they or one of their friends had experienced something similar. I think it is a topic that all women need to become familiar with because all of us – at one time or another – are likely to experience this devastating symptom.

Yes, devastating – I am not being overly dramatic here. Before my hair started falling out, I always hated my hair. It’s never never been a great physical quality of mine. It’s kinda curly, kinda straight in that annoying, I don’t know what to do with you kinda way. Let’s just say that I’ve never had great hair. Nowadays, I couldn’t care less if my hair was green and sticking straight out of my head, I just want hair. Hair can be styled and colored and finagled but only IF you have hair.

Ya get my point?

Society values hair. It is a big part of what we consider to be beautiful when it comes to women and femininity. And yes, blah blah blah… there are things that are more beautiful when it comes to a woman than her hair or her physical attributes but what does our society notice first? Yep, you got it – the physical things. The face, the breasts, the stomach, THE HAIR, the legs, etc.

If you don’t have hair, everyone is going to start judging you and assuming negative things before they have a chance to even speak with you. It’s not normal for a woman to not have hair. You can have a chubby stomach or your breasts can be larger or smaller than average – heck, you can even have tree trunk legs (like myself) and that won’t impact someone coming up to talk to you at a bar or a social event… but no hair? That, my friends, THAT – the situation of having no hair – will have a major impact on your life and how others view you.

Before I started losing my hair due to stress, I was very misinformed about the causes of hair loss for women and sadly (and regrettably) oftentimes judged women when I saw that they had thinning hair. I had the idea that it was because they were unhealthy and didn’t take care of their bodies by eating healthy foods and exercising regularly.

Was I ever wrong! SO many different factors can cause hair loss and I want to share those with you today. I want you to be informed the next time a girlfriend or a family member is suffering from hair loss. I don’t want you to be one of “those girls” that stares sadly and pitifully at the “bald” girl at your office. I want you to go up and make friends with this beautiful woman who is most likely looking for a friend! Yes, she might have cancer or a thyroid disease or heck, she might just be stressed out of her mind but she’s a woman – just like you – who is longing for a friend and for someone who won’t judge her for her looks.

The next time you meet a woman who has thinning hair, consider the following causes of hair loss in women and try to step into her shoes for a brief moment…

  1. Illness and/or medication – So many illnesses can contribute to hair loss including thyroid illnesses, stress (yes, this is an illness), anorexia or extreme weight loss, autoimmune diseases and PCOS. If you notice that you are losing hair at a faster rate than normal, your first step should be to head to your doctor to confirm that your iron and thyroid levels are normal as both of these are common factors in women’s hair loss. (I had mine checked and both were normal.) Hair is an external factor of the conditions inside your body. If something is awry inside, your hair, skin and nails will be less than ideal on the outside. Medications that can cause hair loss include chemotherapy and birth control. Now, if I have you all worried that your pill is going to cause you to go bald, first stop worrying and then go here to check to see which types tend to cause hair loss. Mine has the lowest chance of all of the pills so I’m not worried about it!
  2. Childbirth – Yes, in addition to bringing home a screaming, poopy infant that you do not know how to care for, that probably also gave you stretch marks and hemorrhoids, that is only allowing you to get maybe 30 minutes of sleep per day, you are also likely to lose your hair after giving birth. Sounds like a party that I don’t want to join… And y’all wonder why I haven’t had children yet! ;)
  3. Stress – Anywhere from 6 weeks to 4 months following a stressful situation, women have an increased chance of losing their hair. This is where my issue falls. To be honest, I never felt super stressed but I think my body was freakin’ out on the inside and I was just trying to ignore it. Having your husband and child (yes, Mitchell is my baby but he didn’t get me any stretch marks ;) ) move to a new city for 5 weeks without you, selling your home, leaving your first job without a new job lined up and moving to a brand new city is a lot of stress to handle in a short (less than a month) time frame! Unfortunately, when stress-driven hair loss occurs, the damage is already done by the time you notice your hair falling out. Basically, I can’t do anything about the hairs that are already leaving my head but I can stop stressing to prevent more hairs from resting (entering the telogen phase).

So what I am doing about my hair right now?

  1. I’m not worrying about it. The damage has already been done and there is nothing I can really do about it. Worrying is only going to cause more of my hair to enter the telogen phase. Yes, more hairs are going to fall out and it will probably get worse before it gets better but at this point, I’m just hoping the shower drain doesn’t clog and overflow to the floors beneath us ;)
  2. I’m getting excited about all of the baby hairs growing in! I can see a bunch of short (an inch-ish) baby hairs coming in near the front of my hairline. I am hoping that this means they are growing in all over my head! Obviously hair grows super slow so they’re going to be short for awhile but hairs coming back means that my hair loss is not permanent. Although, I think I could pull off the 2007 Britney look fairly well ;)
  3. I’m staying positive and looking on the bright side of things. My hair used to be super curly. Like ringlet curly and I think after years of styling, I kind of killed the curl. I’m hoping that it will grow back nice and curly again! I’m also thankful that my hair loss is only due to stress. I could be going through chemotherapy and suffering from cancer while losing my hair but I’m not. I’m healthy and happy and even if I’m bald, that is what is most important!
  4. I’m not styling my hair. About this… I look like a mangy lion half of the time but I’d rather have bad looking hair than no hair at all. Blow drying and straightening my hair only makes it fall out quicker so I’m going all natural. It’s actually nice to not have to worry about taking the time to do my hair and I can usually pull off a cute pony! If you see me over the next few months, please don’t judge my lack of hair style ;)
  5. I’m using biotin shampoo and conditioner. I wanted something more gentle to use on my hair and scalp, especially when it is sensitive at this time. Kelly recommended biotin shampoo and I found Mill Creek Botanicals shampoo at GNC. It uses mostly natural products and the peppermint smell is so refreshing! I’m not sure it is actually working but I’m willing to try anything at this point. Plus it is cheaper than the stuff I was using before – I’ll take it!
  6. I’m taking a boatload of supplements. Like woah y’all. I always took a daily multivitamin and Phyto Phytophanere Hair and Nails supplements but now I’ve switched up my multi for a pre-natal vitamin (they supposedly aide in hair growth) and I’ve also added ResVitale Keratin supplements. My body is stuffed full of biotin and other hair growing vitamins which I am contributing my baby hair growth to. Even if it only has the placebo effect, I don’t care. I think it is working which is what matters! Speaking of supplements, I also considered going off of the pill based on the knowledge I shared above. Then I rethought the situation. No birth control + my body being filled with healthy vitamins and foods could only result in a disaster. And by disaster, I mean a baby ;) (And no, a baby wouldn’t be a total disaster – I know many of you out there are struggling to get pregnant and I am not trying to push that aside! I will be very happy and grateful when the time comes… – but obviously my body needs to recover from all of this stress and I need to learn my new city and Kyle and I need to be ready for a baby before it happens. But if one does come, we’ll adjust to be ready although we’d rather wait a bit longer…)
  7. I’m adding a lot of healthy fats and proteins into my diet. I’m eating avocados and walnuts and eggs and salmon and chicken and beef (I never eat beef but I’ve actually been craving it…) and peanut butter and honey and flax seed and Greek yogurt. I’m most likely eating too much right now (thankfully my clothes still fit…) but I’m okay with it. My body needs to heal from all of the stress and if I gain a pound or two during the process because of healthy foods, I’m sure it’ll easily come off when my body is back up to 100%.
  8. I’m still showering and washing my hair as usual. Yes, showering makes your hair fall out quicker than normal but guess what… I work out almost daily and I sweat like a pig. Like y’all, I got the sweat gene. After a fitness class I look like I just jumped into a pool with all of my workout clothes on… sexy. And I’m not willing to give up my fitness for a little bit o’ hair. It’s going to fall out eventually and if it falls out faster because I decide to get my yoga on or get my boot-ay kicked in a kickboxing class then so be it. Again, I’d rather be bald and fit and happy than have a full head of hair and be unhappy :)

So, are y’all with me?

I hope you – at least – learned something via this post. Again, I obviously don’t know it all but I hope I enlightened you to one new scientific fact today!

And can I just rant for a minute??! Yes? Great…

When us female folk stress, why can’t we lose hair from our armpits or from our bikini line??! Why must if be from our head? #thatisall

So talk to me about hair. What do you think about hair? Is it overrated? Should we all just shave our heads? Why do some women have better hair than others? Why is it okay for men to shave their heads or be bald and it is not okay for women? Also, why are women expected to groom their… er… uhh… lady parts and men, well, it can be as wild as can be and still be sexy??! 

So. Many. Questions!

Comments

  1. Hey—this was very interesting to read…………..I agree, the priority that is put on appearance in general…..really is tough to deal with when something out of our control happens! I say better that we know ourselves and do what we need to regarding the situation…….easier said than done—I know! Thanks Becky for sharing all of this info:)

  2. My cousin was diagnosed with cancer this summer. She jut finished her first and very intense Round of chemo for burkitt’s lymphoma. Before her treatment she cut her hair. Short. It’s been very difficult for her to deal with because she has always had long fun hair. Thank you for this post Becky. It’s a reminder that things like this are only temporary. She will get her beautiful long dark hair back and she will beat her cancer. However it has been traumatic for her like it would be for any girl. This post really hit home. Thank you for being so honest and open!

    • I’m so sorry to hear about your cousin, Jackie. Let her know that there are lots of women out there who can relate! She’ll become a stronger woman because of this.

  3. Very interesting post! I can totally relate to it because a few years ago, I started experiencing hair loss myself. It totally freaked me out and I really thought I was going to go bald…luckily that didn’t happen, but it was still no fun. My cause of hair loss was definitely stress related. Basically, I bought more natural hair products and stopped straightening and blow drying my hair everyday, and also took my vitamins. My hair definitely thinned out overtime, but I feel like the hair loss has slowed down. Thank goodness!
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    • You look like you have such thick hair!! Isn’t it crazy how we think we look a certain way but others see us via a completely different lense? I’m sorry you had to experience hair loss – it is honestly the most terrifying thing because it doesn’t really have a cure and can truly impact our lives.

  4. I think society puts way too much emphasis on hair! I used to dye and straighten my hair all the time because I got so caught up with what people thought. I’ve basically fried my hair now and would do anything to get back to my brunette ringlets. Instead of dwelling on it I am focusing on how I can get my hair healthy again and then I will wear it naturally loud and proud!
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    • Good for you for allowing your hair to get healthy again! I’ve realized that I kind of like my wild, undone look. No, it might not be what’s “hot” but it’s easy and quick and it’s what is best for my hair.

  5. So interesting! I try really hard not to do too much with my hair. This often means I’m blowdrying the sweat from my morning workout (no one has to know!) so I don’t wash as often. I have really fine hair, so it can get destroyed if I’m not careful!
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    • My hair is super fine too and I’ve totally tried blowdrying sweat before but it doesn’t seem to work on me. I just look like a super greasy person, haha!

  6. I suffered from hair loss when I was younger from about 15-18. The doctors did all types of thyroid tests but couldn’t figure out the reason. When I finally got diagonsed with Celiac’s and followed a gf diet, my hair stopped falling out. It’s so strange how something like that can affect your hair. At least you don’t get grey hair like I do haha and I’m only 23! I hope everything works out for you!!!
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  7. Love I’m so sorry this is something you have to worry about!! Hair is completely overrated, most days mine is thrown up in to a topknot! I have thick hair and a LOT of it, however I have always hated my hair. It is curly and not the good kind, it is a freakin frizzball, even when I try to tame it. The flatiron is the best thing ever invented but even still I hate using it all the time and my hair doesn’t get perfectly straight from it either! There could be worse things but what I’m trying to say is I feel like 95%of women wish they had someone else’s hair and we gotta stop this madness!
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  8. I’m not going to lie, I guess I did judge a woman a little when I saw she had thin hair, I thought either A. they naturally had thin hair, or B. they just didn’t eat right. But nothing else. I’ve been stressing lately, will now defiantly stop, I don’t want to lose any hairs. I do think it is pretty awesome when I see a woman with a shaved head. It immediately makes me think “Wow, she has a lot of confidence”. In a way it makes me respect them so much, for having the guts to do what many will not, which then in my opinion, makes them sexy. I feel that you just have own what you got :)
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  9. Aww sweetie this sucks that you’re having to deal with this. I am glad that you brought it up, though, because I think it’s an important topic that gets swept under the rug a lot. A few years ago one of my best friends lost a mutual friend to a motorcycle accident (she was her best friend) and my friend was so stressed out that she basically lost all of her hair on side on the entire left side of her head. My mom is a hairstylist and was able to help her style it and show her how to wear it so you couldn’t see the bald spot. The good news is that after 6ish months later it all came back and you would never know that it happened to her. So please don’t stress out too much…it WILL come back! Hugs!!
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    • Oh my gosh, that would be so scary for your friend, especially if it was only in one area of her head! I am just so annoyed (or maybe just surprised) that this isn’t a topic that is discussed in relation to stress. I think if doctors told women they’d have a chance of losing their hair because of stress, there might be a lot less stress and a lot more meditation out there!

  10. So happy that you wrote this post. You’re amazing, and I can’t tell you how many women will probably find this, read this, and feel better about their own situation as a result.
    Just so you know, I’d still think you were a hottie with a body even without hair.
    Love you, xoxo!
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  11. It’s not often people discuss this, so thanks for posting. My cousin went through a period where she was losing all of her hair and no one could explain why. She immediately thought the worse and the hair just kept coming off because her stress levels were so high. I’m glad you went through the different reasons in which someone could lose their hair, but I am sure there are many more. Again, thanks for sharing – interesting topic!
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  12. I’m glad your hair is starting to grow back, even if it is a slow process. When my mom went through chemo and lost all her hair she was so uncomfortable with how people looked at her when she wore her bandana. Since then I have had a whole new understanding and feel for those with hair loss.
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    • My friend went through a similar situation and it is so sad to see the way people treat women when they are bald, regardless of the cause. I’m so glad your mom (and you as a supporter!) was strong enough to make it through :)

  13. Oh girl, I feel ya – nothing feels worse than having a bad hair day. I mean, obviously there ARE worse things, but that ranks pretty high up there. My hair has taken a lot of hits over the years. In addition to not handling external stress well, the added stress that I put on my body from years of restriction did quite a number on my hair count. Luckily it’s gotten healthier since I started taking care of myself, but it’s taking foreverrrrr. Its always good to see those little babies sprouting in though :)
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    • Thanks Amanda! I feel like my hair is normally bad but now I’d rather have bad hair than no hair at all ;)

  14. I love that you wrote this post! I know you’ll be helping a lot of people, both women who suffer from hair lose and those who are misinformed about it. I know I dealt with hair loss/hair thinning when I was in my ED – it was a little scary to feel like you’re pulling out massive chunks every time you brush your hair. It has definitely gotten healthier over the last couple of years, but it’s not as thick as it once was.
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    • I’m so sorry to hear about your hair, Sam! It is such a personal issue and one that you never think of until it actually impacts you.

  15. Becky, you are so amazing and so strong to post about this. I bet this post is going to help so many women (perhaps someday me…although dear lord I hope not. My hair is thin enough!) . It sounds like you’re doing all the right things and I know you’ll be fine <3
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    • Thanks Kayle! You’re so sweet :) I heard when you’re preggo, your hair actually gets thicker – not that you need any incentive to want to have babies, hehe ;)

  16. This is SO interesting Becky. Personally, I think hair is overrated. I’m the girl that has SO much hair, so I actually wouldn’t mind thinning hair, you know? Baldness for women is usually associated with cancer, but when Natalie Portman shaved her head for V is for Vendetta I thought she looked gorgeous! Also, Karen Gillan (She’s on Doctor Who if you’ve ever watched that) shaved her head and looks stunning! I think bald women is just something that is totally natural and nothing to worry about. When I’m 87 I would rather have no hair and tons of fun memories of doing so much stuff and working out then a whole head of hair because I never did anything!
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    • You have a great perspective, Katherine! I’ve always wanted to shave my head but thought that it might be lumpy, hehe ;)

  17. Thanks so much for sharing all this info in your post and being so truthful about everything you are doing to try to make it better. It’s a much more common problem that I think people think and it helps to spread the word about it!
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    • Thanks Katie! Let me know if there is such a thing as getting too much Biotin – hopefully it’s water soluble or I’m probably killing my liver slowly ;)

  18. I’ve been struggling with hair loss off and on since I was 15. I take levothyroxine for an underactive thyroid, and if I miss a pill or my thyroid shifts and I’m not getting enough hormone, my hair falls out and I get my period until it’s better adjusted (seriously had a 2 month period — the worst). Glad your having some baby hairs grow in! Keep your stress down and hopefully you’ll never have to go through this again!
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    • Oh my goodness – TWO months??! You poor thing and your poor body! I’d be super anemic if that happened to me… My friend suffers from underactive thyroid too but hasn’t ever experienced hair loss. If it counts for anything, your hair looks great in your photos – so whatever you’re doing right now must be working at the moment :)

  19. I’m sorry you’re going through this, lady! Remain positive though, and like you said, it’s best to just go on with your day and not worry about it! I think as a society we always want what we can’t have. I have always had mega thick, straight hair…until the day puberty came for me. Then it was frizz & unruly central. Specifically , right in the back part of my head. That’s where the most thick and uncontrollable frizz remained. It was a bitch and still is, but I’ve learned to love my hair. I used to ALWAYS {wine} ;) about how I hated my hair, wish I could shave it off and start fresh , and would kill for thinner and poker straight hair. It’s just amazing how we think and then learn what we learn and appreciate the things we do have as we get older.

    So, currently, now that I’m pregnant, I do notice a fairly big difference in my hair. It’s still frizzy and I barely use the flat iron anymore; partially because I’m simply lazy about it and ‘doing my hair’ is the last thing on my mind. I shed a lot more as well. I used to shed before, but there’s bigger clumps now. it’s nuts! My husband calls it ” Dana Hairs” ; “Look at this! I found another Dana hair”! Awesome, hon! I’m not sure about after childbirth that most women actually ‘lose most of their hair’ but I have not researched it at all like you have, so I guess we will see what happens with mine. ;) I’m also hating that I have found a few grey hairs {oh yes, it’s real and it’s happening}, and that I can’t really color my hair. I always get a semi-permanent hair color, which is safer than permanent hair color, but I’d prefer to wait until the kid is born to do my hair. It’s a very ugly, mousy color brown with highlights of silver right now. So attractive.

    Great post!
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    • Grays! Ack! I have started to notice a few too and used to pull them out but not anymore – they can stay as loooongggg as they want ;) From the photos it looks like you have super thick, amazing hair! Again, I think it is all perspective like you said. We always want what we don’t have!

  20. GREAT post, Becky!!! I love that you wrote this and I’m positive other women do too.

    That side, I’ve experienced this due to stress, as have other friends, and it’s terrifying. I would also love to know why it doesn’t fall our other places. Strange. I’m glad you are taking care of yourself and your hair.

    As far as men vs women in their “grooming”, wtf right?! I have always found this to be the weirdest thing ever. WHY! haha
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    • Hahahahha – so true about the different grooming habits. If women have to go through the pain of bikini waxes, so should men!

  21. It’s amazing the effects that stress has on our bodies, isn’t it? Thank you for taking the time to post this! Lots of interesting info here and something that I think a lot of women will be able to relate and respond to – especially being a tougher subject that most would shy away from. Happy to hear that you’re seeing positive results and hopeful that your stress levels have decreased significantly now that things have settled down a bit and you’re reunited with your little family!
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    • Thank you Sarah! I feel like sometimes I think it is getting better so I’m uber positive but then the next day, I’ll pull out 100 hairs in the shower and call Kyle in a tearful panic – hah! I can laugh about it now but I need to just chill and realize that my hair is falling out because new baby hairs are coming in and pushing it out!

  22. I’ve always been insecure about my hair. For years, I got it chemically relaxed every six weeks because that was the only way I thought it looked good. Recently, I grew out all of my chemically treated hair, and I cut it all off. Now, I only have the natural hair that grows out of my head. Some days I feel insecure because it’s still really short, but I’m happy to have what I was given and I am glad that I made the decision.

    Hair is a really, really personal thing, and I love that you were brave enough to talk about hair, hair loss, and how you’re dealing with it all!
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    • I love your hair in your photos – it looks great! And you’re right, it is such a personal issue. For some reason we let hair make or break our days which is just silly. I want to start a shave your head club – it would make for super fast mornings ;)

  23. Wow.. you are incredible. First of all, the positivity you have with this subject is unreal and amazing. I had no idea stress could make you lose your hair, but I’m not surprised. Stress can do a lot of ugly things to the body. I am so glad you are in Chicago, and things are settling down! Having new hair on your head is so exciting! Many more to come :) Enjoy your weekend!
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    • Thank you, Heather! I try to stay positive most of the time but it’s difficult – amazing blends like you definitely make it easier :)

  24. This is def uber interesting!

    I lost most of my hair during anorexia (and I don’t have thick hair), so it was fine, brittle, and not shiny at all. Once I started eating well again, I got my hair back & now that I am healthy (and pregnant), I have a lot of hair. It’s crazy b/c I’ve been on both ends!

    • I cannot wait for that side effect of pregnancy! I’d love to be rocking thick, luscious locks if even only for a few months ;)

  25. I’ve never experienced hair loss but I have experienced bad stress before which is never a good thing. I’m glad you decided to post on this though as it sounds like it is a lot more common than what I and others ever thought it was.

  26. Sorry about your hair. As a retired hair stylist I know how traumatic hair issues can be. You’re doing all the right things though it sounds like! Birth control made and still makes my hair grow super fast, not sure if that’s an option or already in use. My hair like stopped growing and was falling out for a few years but it grows super fast I promise!!

    • I am on the pill so hopefully that’s helping ;) My friend had an issue when she used the ring for a short period of time… her hair fell out and never came back – so scary to not know all of the side effects of drugs!

  27. Wow, so proud that you shared this post.
    I actually struggled with hair loss myself when I was at my worst point of anorexia…actually when I first started recovering it got a lot worse, but it was so painful and it was truly an upsetting thing for me to go through. Thankfully, with lots of patience and experimenting (and awesomely enough – a hairdresser as a Sister) my hair has never looked better.
    I think there’s so many people out there that can relate to this post, and it’s going to help a lot of other people out there struggling with the same thing.
    It does get better, I swear that! There’s just some things we need to be careful of during this time of “hair recovery”. I’m happy to hear you’re seeing some progress – and I promise you’ll keep seeing it!

    • Thank you, Lisa!! The hardest part is knowing that it is going to get worse before it gets better because the new hairs growing in are pushing the old, “dead” hairs out. I’m so glad that you’re hair is better and fully recovered. It always looks gorgeous in your photos so I’d love any tips you have!

  28. I worry about my hair all the time because it is thin, though (knock on wood) not much of it falls out. I do try to eat healthy, take supplements, I only style it 1-2 times a week, and I try not to stress, but I am soooo not good at that. I also have tons of new growth so that is comforting. I’ve been to the doctor and he says nothing is wrong, but that doesn’t stop me from worrying about it. I go in phases where I worry about my hair and then I worry about my knee and so on and so on.

    One suggestion: you said you’re eating a lot of salmon. I eat salmon 1-2 times a week at least, but I only eat wild salmon. Farmed salmon or fish of any kind is full of not so healthy things, and I would steer clear of it in case it is bothering your body. Try to only eat wild fish. Halibut is also full of healthy fats, and so is black cod, though it is not one of my faves. And in Chicago, you should be able to find plenty of amazing fresh fish.

    I’m thinking about you, Becky, and hoping the best for you :)
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    • Thank you so much for your kind comment, Laura!! You have such long, beautiful hair – I wouldn’t worry a bit about it :) As for salmon, I alllwwaaayyyys but it wild – it is one of the most genetically modified fishes so I am careful with it! Thanks for the tips on other fishes. There are 2 big fish markets a few blocks from the new condo (mainly for restaurants but the public can purchase fish there too) and I am going there tomorrow to pick up some halibut and sea bass. I also bought some wild smoked salmon this weekend for breakfast during the week!

  29. THanks for sharing your story, Becky. It’s amazing how many ways stress creeps into our lives in such sneaky ways. At least you are aware of the problem and sound like you’re Inge way to hair growth. Also, research products without sulfur. Best wishes.

    • Thank you for the comment! I am going to definitely research products without sulfur – I know my new shampoo doesn’t have any :)

  30. Meant “on your way” to hair growth. Oops…typo.
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  31. What an incredibly honest account of female hair loss. Many of my clients start exactly where you are, but sadly their hair usually does not bounce back the way yours has. I would recommend at least looking into Laser Hair Therapy. It really helps a lot of people, mainly women, to restore their hair to it’s previous state. Please feel free to contact me if you have any interest and we could talk about how Laser Hair Therapy can help your hair!
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  32. Hi, Becky! It was so comforting to come across this post. First off, I hope you’re seeing some improvements in your hair since you wrote this.
    I’m in a similar situation and I’m starting to get scared. I used to have the thickest hair in the world when I was younger, but then I went through a bout of high stress and disordered eating when I was 19 and I lost probably half of it. It started to slowly grow back, but now at 24, I’m experiencing hair loss again. My diet is MUCH healthier than it was before but I don’t eat many animal products. Lately I’ve been incorporating more fish and eggs into my diet (as much protein as possible!) in hopes that it helps. My head spins with all of the possibilities that could be causing this- stress, lack of vitamins, genetics, etc. etc. It’s frustrating.
    I’ve also been on the lookout for a better shampoo/conditioner. What do you think of the Mill Creek Botanicals?
    Thanks so much for sharing your story!
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    • I really like Mill Creek Botanicals! It leaves my hair feeling clean like a “clarifying” shampoo but I know it isn’t stripping it of the needed oils. The smell is also super relaxing :) Have you had your blood tested by a dermatologist? That’s the first step I’d recommend! Feel free to email me – I’d love to chat about this!

  33. showering makes your hair fall out quicker than normal but guess what… I work out almost daily and I sweat like a pig. Like y’all, I got the sweat gene. After a fitness class I look like I just jumped into a pool with all of my workout clothes on… sexy. And I’m not willing to give up my fitness for a little bit o’ hair. It’s going to fall out eventually and if it falls out faster because I decide to get my yoga on or get my boot-ay kicked in a kickboxing class then so be it.

    • Agreed! I try to do a “less sweaty” class a few days a week so I don’t have to wash my hair but if I get super sweaty, I WILL most definitely wash it because I am not going to walk around with nappy hair!

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