Well over a year ago, my sister got married. It was a happy and wonderful time, but I think my body was experiencing more stress than I realized, because a terrible thing happened. I lost a chunk of my hair. One day, I was running my fingers through my hair (I feel like I need to cue some type of cheesy commercial music here) when all of a sudden my fingers hit a smooth, slippery patch of SCALP! I was completely bald in one spot and it wasn’t a small spot either (or to me it wasn’t), it was over the size of a twoonie!
Thankfully, I do have long hair and it was covered up quite nicely, but in that moment and for a while thereafter, I felt a sense of panic. I thought I might be very ill. Obviously, I went to the doctor and he ran some tests that all turned out fine, thank goodness! He said that the condition is called alopecia and is something that you are born with, but can quite possibly never occur. Over the next few months, my hair grew back and all was well. I learned that hair loss in women is much more common than I realized, as is issues with thinning hair as we get older!
Fast forward to this January when I had my hair up in a high pony tail and my daughter approached me one morning in this sweet, soft and empathetic sounding voice. She said, “Mommy, I don’t want to alarm you, so please stay calm, but I think you might want to take a look at your head in the mirror because you have that bald spot back again”. Sure enough, the same spot came back in the same location.
Neither time did I notice a chunk of hair come out so I’m not sure if it happened gradually or over night. Ever since having babies, my hair has never been the same and I regularly pull out strands of hair more than I ever used to before having children.
In fact, Nioxin Products has a wonderful video that explains the changes that a woman’s hair goes through during and after pregnancy that is worth watching:
Did you know that 75 per cent of new moms notice more hair shedding than normal after childbirth?
Learn a bit more about women, hair loss and how it affects women psychologically here:
Stay tuned next week for my personal experience with Nioxin! I want women to be able to talk about their issues without being embarassed so let’s talk about hair loss in women together!
Do you have any personal experience with this or do you know a woman who is suffering from hair loss?
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