My struggles with hair loss…….

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Lets talk hair… For me, my hair has always been my comfort blanket and the part of me I get complimented on the most. No matter what size or shape i’ve been, I have always always had compliments on my naturally blonde, long thick hair. This is why I wanted to share my struggles with hair loss with you, because I have become the master at hiding my problem. The reason? When you look at my waist length hair you would be forgiven for thinking I was over reacting, this was also the reason I delayed going to my GP for fear of being told I was being silly…..long hair

Apart from a brief moment about 9 years ago, I have always had incredibly long hair (above), having never coloured it my whole life (aside from a pink wash in at Christmas) my hair was long, strong, thick and healthy. I used to go to the hairdressers and see them take a breath when they realised how long it would take to wash cut and blow-dry my hair, usually at least two hours.

When I moved to a new area 20 months ago it was the most stressful thing I have ever done, we were moving somewhere new and starting again, I was leaving behind the first home I had  bought 22 years prior that was full of memories, bringing home my babies, christenings and parties and my mum and dad, my sister, sister in law, nieces, nephews and friends. We were off to start a new adventure, for a better school for my youngest. Little did I know that within 3 months I would be struggling with hair shedding.

Hair Shedding

In what felt like overnight, my hair started to fall out loads in the shower and every time I brushed it. I had gone from being able to put a scrunchie in and not have to twist it to now having to twist a scrunchie around about three times and it would still slide out of my hair. My hair was thinning and thinning and whenever I saw my friends or family they were shocked at the difference, my confidence was on the floor and considering what I do for a living, I was struggling. I plucked up the courage to see the doctor in February 2019, worried that the moment they saw my long hair they would laugh me out of the surgery.

Hair Balding

Luckily the GP looked through my hair and at photos of me previously and could see it was thinning so sent me for blood tests. Three weeks later I phoned the surgery to be told my iron was “a little low” and to take an over the counter remedy. For a whole year I carried on and my hair was getting thinner and thinner, I was trying to style it to hide the gaps in the front of my hairline that were receding , using more heat, curling it more, using more styling products to bulk it out and the constant flicking of my hair was becoming more of a problem the more conscious I got. I would literally cry at the handfuls of hair coming out every-time I washed and brushed it. I was obsessed with my hair.

Hair loss comb over

Comb Over to hide hair loss

It was at this point that I contacted the Philip Kingsley Clinic (not the PR or any of the team I knew personally, but anonymously – the clinic direct) for advice as I had been using Elasticizer for a while and was about to start trying their supplements ( which I paid for myself). However, at this point I still had no idea what was causing my hair loss and thinning. I reached out to them for advice on the supplements and to get an idea of the cost of a consultation.

Philip Kingsley Suppliments

Seven  months after I had been to the Doctors, my husband had an accident which meant he couldn’t work (still can’t) and had to have 3 operations, I had to stop working for a few weeks and my stress levels raised. There was no way I could justify the cost of a consultation. Four weeks after that my dad suddenly became incredibly ill and died 3 weeks later. I was stressed, grieving, not eating or sleeping properly and my hair was becoming weaker and weaker and thinner and thinner, the more thin it became the less confident I was and so began this vicious stress cycle. My struggle with hair loss was affecting me badly. I was googling hair loss remedies, and realised that a Tricologist would be my only option.

 

hair loss at front

Receeding Hair Line

thinning hair

Very fine, thinning hair

In March of this year, 2020 I was invited to the Philip Kingsley Trichology Clinic for a consultation, now I had met up with Lisa Caddy (Consultant Trichologist, Brand Ambassador & Education Manager)  in February as I feature lots of Philip Kinglsey products on my blog and she kindly offered me a treatment. I came out of there and broke down in tears at the thought that I had been kindly offered this life line, because, at this point Lisa still did not know that I was struggling with my hair because A) I didn’t want it to sound like I was taking advantage of the situation B) I was styling my hair In such a way you didn’t really notice and C) I just never mentioned it because we were talking about my role as a beauty blogger and about featuring the brand on my blog……..

To read all about my experience at the Philip Kingsley Tricology centre go HERE

I would love to open up this conversation in the comments,
Please let me know if you have struggled with hair loss and the treatments you have tried, i know it is a sensitive issue but something we should talk about.

Thanks for reading, take care love Sharon xx

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11 Comments

  1. Terry Leverton
    June 16, 2020 / 6:01 pm

    A lot of people don’t understand the hair thing. Oh they get having nice hair and nice styles etc, but unless you have had long thick hair most of your life, which most people haven’t, it can’t be explained.
    I’m old now, 62, but I still have hip length thick hair which is hardly grey at all, surprisingly, and it is the only thing I have left which gives me some pride. It’s the only thing that gives me pleasure as my face and body are falling apart. I guess, it defines me to some degree.
    My heart goes out to you Sharon and I hope you have success with the help and products from Philip Kingsley.
    I understand very much how this would affect you
    Take care and much love
    Xxx

    • backtoyoubeauty
      Author
      June 16, 2020 / 8:44 pm

      Hello Terry, thank you kindly for your lovely response and may I just say 62 is not old!! you are in your prime of life love!! Your hair sounds absolutely glorious, so I know you understand what im feeling, I really recommend anyone with these issues to seek help sooner rather than later as so many hair/scalp issues can be sorted. Thank you so much for replying, take care xx

  2. Vicky
    June 16, 2020 / 6:17 pm

    Read your article and can relate to the hair loss. my hair was one of the few features I love about myself so when I noticed my hair was getting thinner I was getting paranoid and upset. Even more so when my mum approached me cos she was unsure what she was seeing and then she stood back and said “you are losing you hair”. Thus confirmed everything I was getting paranoid about. this was over 5 years ago now. I always malted quite alot but it never affected how thick and luscious my hair was. I am sure this may be related to me getting dandruff as well which I had never suffered from. I went to see the Drs and she noticed my hair was thinner up top then at the bottom of my scalp. I had blood tests and they said all levels were normal. Even though I had lost weight (this was purposely) I fell within the normal healthy measurements for my height and age. They referred me to a specialist and prescribed me a steroid shampoo. This steroid shampoo could only be used temporary for reasons I cannot remember now but it did not make a difference. I saw the specialist with my dad and I was not happy what was being said. It made me more upset and I had an underlined gut feeling that what he said could not be true nor the reason. He said it was a hereditry thing which could have skipped generations. No one I know of had thin hair looking at various pictures of generations. The consultant then went through alternatives through hair transplant to having this powder thing to disguise the thinness.
    I am now at a standstill where I feel I have no where I can turn to. I do feel stressed (nothing like you went through), my mum constantly talks about my hair loss (though it is not malicious it still upsets me alot and adds to my stress levels). I keep googling is dandruff related to hair loss as I am sure the 2 are related.
    Anyway I just want to say thank you for sharing your journey and I am happy you found what may be a solution. If there is any advise you can give me I would be forever grateful though Covid may hinder me moving forward.

    • backtoyoubeauty
      Author
      June 16, 2020 / 8:43 pm

      Hi Vicky, I just want to say a massive thank you to you for sharing your story. Believe me i know how incredibly hard it is to talk about, and the vicious worry of hair loss, leads to more stress and more hair loss. I would suggest asking your gp for more blood tests and get them to thoroughly check the results. A year a go my GP did not read my results correctly and would have saved me a lot of stress and ill health if they had. Did you see a trichologist? They really are the top of their field when it comes to diagnosing hair and scalp conditions. I don’t know if you have read my follow on post from this but I went to Philip Kingsley clinic and highly recommend their services. They are currently doing phone/video consultations. I’m not a specialist in this condition and everyone’s hair and scalp issues are different but make sure you are washing your head enough as in your scalp, keeping it clean and eating a varied diet with lots of iron. Please don’t give up hope, go back to your gp and explain how you really feel. Lots of hair shedding and thinning can be reversed. Lots of love xx

  3. June 16, 2020 / 8:47 pm

    I had to take a high dose of steroids in 2017 for Giant Cell Arteritis and it caused my hair to fall out. I didn’t just have thinning hair, I had big balds spots as well. I had the same long, strong, thick hair beforehand and it was coming out in clumps, I could just run my fingers through my hair and pull out massive clumps. I did do a blog post on it which I think you did read if I remember right as you were looking for some way to treat your hair loss. My saviour was Biotin and Folic Acid. I still take them now. I did have to shave my head though in Dec 2017 and the beginning of this month it was thicker and longer than ever. I fucked it up though colouring it and then stripping the colour and of course, it damaged the end of my hair really bad, so spur of the moment decision, I shaved it again the other day lol This time because it was my decision and not forced on me, it has felt really liberating and I actually love it at the moment. My idea was shave it all off and let it grow back and embrace my natural colour which is very salt and peppery with a few white streaks.

    Our hair is so much of who we are though I think and it’s a big part of our femininity. Losing that was harder for me than being in constant pain. I was really upset about it. So I can totally understand how you feel.

    • backtoyoubeauty
      Author
      June 17, 2020 / 10:55 am

      Hi Sarah, Thank you so much for posting a comment! Wow I had no idea you had shaved your hair! Go you, I bet that feels incredible! Yes I do remember reading it, I also take biotin and folic acid supplements along with a whole host of others, it is very sad when we loose out hair through various different way, but im remaining upbeat and it is slowly getting better. Take Care xx Sending you lots of love on your hair care journey x

  4. Pam Merrifield
    June 17, 2020 / 3:41 pm

    I can understand where you are coming from. I too am suffering with thinning hair and finding so much of it down the plug hole and in my hair brush. I am currently taking Biotin tablets – only been on them for a week so noticed no difference yet. I am also now taking a multivitamin with minerals which is supposed to help and a friend suggested upping my protein intake and adding more oily fish to my diet. I need to get a good cut after lockdown which also might help You have fantastic hair and I hope that the PK consultation and products help you to overcome all this. X

    • backtoyoubeauty
      Author
      June 20, 2020 / 10:39 am

      Hi Pam, Thank you for commenting, its so hard isn’t it when you struggle with hair loss. I am taking high dose iron, vitamin D and using the correct products for my hair as shown to me by PK, also incorporating a lot more fish and leafy greens. If I hadn’t of been to see them I would not have got to the bottom of my problem or had a plan for future issues that will arise. I will continue to share my hair journey on here. Lots of love xx

  5. Lauren
    June 20, 2020 / 8:17 am

    🙋🏻‍♀️
    I hear you!
    My hair is thinning on top. I’ve put it down to age/menopause/life but in truth the reason is now secondary to the effect. I use lotions and potions to bulk it but the evidence is in the brush (and on the floor) and in the fact that the gaping is more pronounced even when you learn tricks of brushing and attempted disguise.

    It’s a woman’s crowning glory and a real confidence sapping experience when it starts to shed. I don’t think people really understand unless they experience it. Society accepts it on men, but for women it’s a real no no

    I have considered thickening it up with extensions and have even started opening up the wig adverts, but then just wonder if I am being over sensitive or even vain!

    Recently started taking Vit D as my levels were very low so wondering if that will help. Will look into biotin, but annoyingly so many of the vitamins are the size of horse pills!!

    Not easy dealing with this sort of thing – the joys of being a woman at times!!

    • backtoyoubeauty
      Author
      June 20, 2020 / 10:40 am

      HI Lauren, thank you for taking the time to comment. I don’t think its being vain if it make you feel good! I would get tapes, extensions or use a wig as and when I need to. I am just so glad I was able to have a consultation and really get to the bottom of my issue. sending you love and hugs on this journey x

  6. Lucy
    June 30, 2020 / 5:58 pm

    I admire your honesty in this article. Our hair is intrinsic to how we all look and feel about ourselves on a daily basis. 25 yrs ago I moved and had an incredibly stressful time at work, a d in a new town I went to a new hairdresser. He blurted out the question ‘had I been having some sort of chemo’ as I had bald patches at the back of my head. He was blunt but I had no idea. It was purely stress related. I was fortunate to be able to walk away from that job and my hair returned to more normal. There were no beauty blogs or online advice for me back then.
    It is very fine and I feel it losing volume as I approach the dreaded menopause though…. I have always had total hair envy over your luscious locks so you definitely hid it well.
    Can I just say your photos are just so gorgeous in this blog
    xxx Lucy xxx

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