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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…..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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