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Improving Hair Growth After Illness Related Hair Loss
About three years ago now I started having pretty serious issues with my hair. I have always had very fine hair, but it had always been healthy and there was a lot of it. All of a sudden, I was losing my hair in clumps and what was left was dry and brittle. As it turned out, I had some thyroid issues that needed to be addressed. It was the loss of my hair and the horrible fatigue and ‘foggy’ head that ultimately got me to go to the doctor. Our bodies are always trying to tell us something!
Once I was able to sort out the medical side of things, I was still left with very thin, breakable hair and no clue how to get it back. I tried everything but ultimately realized there wasn’t going to be a quick fix. I wasn’t going to wake up with my hair having regrown with beautiful flowing locks. Not gonna happen. It’s been a looooooooong road, but I’m finally getting there! People just meeting me wouldn’t even know that I’d been struggling with my hair. It looks… normal. Yay! So I thought I’d share the steps I’ve taken to get to this point.
1. Healthy hair starts on the inside
Sometimes your hair, skin and nails are the first external signs of what is going on internally. I never realized that losing my hair could be a symptom of a greater problem. So first things first, deal with any underlying issue and get that resolved. From there, be mindful of what you’re putting into your body. Eat your fruits and veggies and take your vitamins (turns out we all should have been listening to our mothers after all). For vitamins, I take Vitamin E, Evening Primrose Oil, Hair Skin and Nails, Vitamin D, and Super Collagen +C.
2. Embrace dirty hair
3. Lather, rinse, and REPEAT
4. If it’s wet, let it set
5. Avoid hot, hot heat
6. Scissors only – no razor
Finally, if you are trying to grow your hair or you have very fine hair, do not let your stylist use a razor on your hair. This will only make your hair break and split faster than a regular cut. Opt for scissors and go with a blunt cut.
I’m still working to get my hair back to 100% but I can tell you, these steps have really helped. I’m hoping to find some ‘before and after’ pictures, but hair is tough to photograph. I’ll keep you posted.
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