For many years, my hair has always been one of my most favourite features. I’ve had long hair, short hair and more recently shoulder length hair whilst adapting my hairstyle and colour to suit a particular phase in my life. I remember fondly back in college, I had my hair cut rather short (remember when Victoria Beckham had her short hair, that short!) much to my Mom’s distaste but I loved it. It was the one thing I could control and I felt comfortable with it.
In my late twenties, I noticed my hair was beginning to thin. I put it down to a number of things; overuse of the hair straighteners, colouring my hair with bleach on many occasions and not using the right products for my hair type. Little did I know that I was actually losing my hair as a symptom of polycystic ovaries syndrome (PCOS) and unfortunately there’s no magic pill to help with these symptoms.
Throughout pregnancy to my delight, my hormones helped thicken my hair but once my baby had arrived, I really suffered with hair loss. I would lose handfuls down the plughole, brushing my hair would result in a clogged up hair brush and there seemed to be tell tales signs of hair loss on my bedroom floor where I styled my hair. If I wear my fringe up on occasion, you’ll notice I have thin whispy hair where I’m having some regrowth which is taking forever to come back.
How I’m dealing with hair loss
Over the last few years, I’ve had to adapt my hairstyle to combat my thinning hair. Here’s how I’m dealing with it;
- I’ve changed my parting on more than three occasions so the thin side isn’t so noticeable
- I’ve left my hair to grow longer in between hair cuts
- I’ve reduced the number of times I get my hair bleached and coloured
- I’ve started using volumising and thickening hair care products (as recommended by Harley Street Hair Clinic)
- I’ve reduced the number of products I use on my hair
- I try and let my hair dry naturally at least once a week to reduce the damage I do to it when I’m using the hair dryer and the hair straighteners.
I’m trying everything I can to protect the hair I have. I know sooner or later I’ll have to have it cut shorter to make my hair appear thicker but I’m not ready for the chop just yet. I’m hoping using a thickening hair shampoo and conditioner will help but I’ve not yet being able to see the results.
I shall report back soon with how I’m getting on with the products sent from Harley Street Hair Clinic. Who knows, if they can help Wayne Rooney there may be hope for me yet!
Disclosure: I was sent the products mentioned in the post. All images and opinions are my own.