By KAREY GANZO
I first started losing my hair when I was in my early twenties. I was young, in love, and completing a demanding year to qualify for my Professional Year in Accounting.
The loss was dramatic and noticeable.
My hair, which had always been thin but full, was significantly reduced. I was horrified and I was in denial. I kept my hair as long as possible and became scared to touch it, even to brush it.
After the stress reduced some of it grew back, but it was never the same.
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Then, I started having kids.
It was after the birth of my second child that my hair thinned again, dramatically. I read that after childbirth it is normal to lose some hair but not like this. There were piles of it clogging up our drains. I left hair everywhere I went. I would notice it falling out as I washed it and dried it. There was hair on my hands and on the floor after I’d dried it.
I felt devastated. I started to panic. I began checking my scalp constantly for bald spots. I was constantly running my fingers through my hair and was always left with more strands that had fallen out.
I told my husband, my mum, my sisters and they all said it was just stress. They reminded me of the first time it happened. But this was different.
Then I stopped losing my hair, but my hair has never regrown. It is so thin and fragile now. I think about it every second of every day.
I stopped wearing my hair out. It looked fuller if I wore it up. And then I started trying everything I could to make it grow back. I tried special hair shampoo but it didn’t work. I visited my doctor to see if it was a hormonal problem but they said my hair loss was normal. I knew they were wrong. I knew it wasn’t normal.
They said it could be related to age, stress, hereditary. They were very vague and I quickly realised they’d be of no help at all.
I knew my hair was gone and I felt helpless.
I thought about getting hair extensions to make my hair look fuller but because the small amount of hair that was left was so brittle and fragile I was scared the extensions would break it.
I made the difficult decision to cut it recently. My friend who is a hair dresser convinced me that removing some of the weight from the length would help the small amount I have left look and feel fuller. She was right but it was a difficult decision. I felt like I was letting go of all hope that it might someday grow back.