My Hair Fell Out & I Survived| My Clean Cutting Board
Hair is really important to a woman. And when it all falls out, it’s like a huge part of her leaves with it.
Side note: These pictures were taken on an old camera phone. I never intended to show them to anyone so I didn’t pay much attention to the quality. I never thought I would be where I am today.
I recently posted a picture on Facebook showing off my gorgeous, long locks. I say that as humbly as I could possibly say it. You see, I never really liked my hair. It was not curly, not straight, kinda nappy. It was whatever. I relaxed it most of my life just to be able to actually manage it. In 2011 when I found myself in what I thought was my death-bed, the new stress my body took on really did a number on my hair. My hair began to fall out; fast. I didn’t know if it was the stress or all the new medications I was put on. I was afraid I’d lose it all. I might as well have. Whatever, I didn’t care for it that much anyway. But now it really looked horrible.It was stringy, thin, and frail-looking. The texture was like a sponge. It was so weird.
It was just one more thing taken from me at a very vulnerable time. I had lost my independence when I was put on oxygen and was unable to walk. I was put on Veletri and was unable to get wet. With all the medications, pregnancy was out of the question. And now this!? I was going through a very emotional valley. I cried myself to sleep every night. I remember my husband singing worship songs as I laid in his arms at bedtime. It was the only thing that could calm me. I felt defeated and ugly. I am so thankful to have a hairstylist for a mother. She really made the impossible happen. She cut off the weak strands and maintained a decent style as I grew out my hair.
I couldn’t do much to it, so I wore hats most of the time. I remember asking my pastor if I could wear a hat as I sang on the altar at church during worship. He told me that hats are cool and it would add flair to the worship team. I was so embarrassed about showing my hair. I looked much healthier when I covered it up anyway. And I was desperately trying to just be healthy again.
Once I was stable on the medications and I no longer felt sorry for myself, my hair began to grow back. I was able to style it better. My sister introduced me to Miss Jessie’s products and that really helped get my curls looking fierce. Some people said I looked cuter with short hair anyway. I began to show it off with cute headbands and a smile. Always a smile.
I realized that this was the life I’d been given and I better make the best of it or else. I forgot about the struggles. I trusted that God had a plan and it would be a cool destination. I just had to pass through these giant hurdles. Losing my hair wasn’t all that bad compared to the other stuff I had to deal with. I began to let it grow as naturally as I could. My mom would put special treatments in it once in a while. But I trust her so it was all good. Little by little my body changed, my hair changed, and I changed. I began to seek out a more natural approach and focused on the foods I ate. As my health improved, so did my hair. I began to get regular compliments from people who had seen me at my lowest. I knew what I was doing was working. The food I ate and my positive attitude kept me going towards reaching my goals. These posts are interesting to some people but to me, they are a reminder of where I’ve been and where I never want to go again. To be healthy you have to think healthy. The nutrients in whole foods are incredibly powerful. What you put in your body definitely shows on the outside. Apparently all the spinach and kale has really added life to my hair. The supplements I take are also very important. People ask me all the time what they should take for their hair to grow out. There really is no magic pill. You must eat healthy and take the right vitamins, and your hair and nails will grow.
My life has been pretty cool in the last 4 years since I began losing my hair. I can’t complain. I’ve exercised. I’ve gone zip-lining and swimming, I’ve traveled. I’ve met and motivated many great people. I’ve had 3 amazing kids through foster care. I’ve become more sensitive to others. And I have learned how to be healthy. My hair-loss was just a tiny road-block now that I look at it. But I’m so glad to have it back and better than ever.
***Update: I got several texts as soon as I published this post asking what I use for my hair now.***
Shampoo & Conditioner: Magik Beauty Hair Systems (or any sulfate-free shampoo)
Deep conditioner: Eden Deep Conditioner
Stylist: Luchy Salon Hollywood, FL
Vitamins: Folic Acid 1 mg. Foods with high folic acid content include leafy vegetables such as spinach and turnips, legumes, egg yolks, liver and kidney.