This past fall my body decided to give me a fun little birthday present in the form of hair loss. (As if turning 30 wasn't terrifying enough.) I'm talking huge clumps of hair falling out every time I shampooed or brushed my hair. It was fucking alarming. Naturally I panicked and researched every possible reason why this could be happening and what I could do about it. At first I figured it was stress, and thought that attempting to control my anxiety would help keep my hair in it's place, to no avail. I needed the big guns.
Your hair can start shedding at different stages of your life for many different reasons, hormonal changes, vitamin deficiency, postpartum hair loss, and stress are common culprits. It is really fucking irritating and can be scary because for so many of us, our hair is almost like our calling card, a true representation of who we are and how we present ourselves to the world. I've prided myself on my thick hair my entire life, so the first time I lost some hair, about four years ago, I completely panicked. I was going through some weird skin issues at the time as well, so I'm fairly certain it was hormonal. I went to my fave Lush store and got this solid shampoo, and it did the trick. The New! solid shampoo really strengthened and helped promote regrowth, and I didn't need much else. Cinnamon has often been used for hair growth and strength, and it really did the trick for me! I also love that solid shampoo doesn't require packaging, so there's no waste!
This last time around, however, was much more severe; I was losing more hair than ever before, and my hair went from thick to straight up limp and thin, which it has never been in my entire life. I took to the internet and decided to use a multi-pronged attack.
First, I made sure to remember to take a multivitamin every day, because sometimes I am not so great about that. Then I added a daily Biotin pill and a turmeric pill because I read that is why women in India have such luscious hair. (Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, don't take my word for this shit, okay? I'm just telling you what worked for me. Don't sue me if you do this and you grow a penis out of your forehead or something.)
Then I decided to invest in Aveda's Invati system. I had read raves online and decided it was worth the investment since I was truly concerned about how much hair I was losing. It includes a shampoo, conditioner, and a spray that you massage into your scalp twice a day. Now I will warn you, this stuff is EXPENSIVE. I have never in my life spent so much money on hair products as I did on this system, but you guys, it fucking WORKED. Within just a few weeks my hair was feeling stronger and thicker, and I could see baby hairs growing along my hairline. I would recommend this to anyone dealing with hair loss.
Here's the problem with regrowth though, you look ridiculous. Like a baby duckling with fuzz growing all around your head. I never actually got any bald patches, mainly just thinning in the back of my head, so the weight of the hair really kept those little fuzzies down, and my baby bangs masked the regrowth around my face. But especially for women with postpartum hair loss, there can be an insane amount of regrowth that is silly looking at best, and truly unsightly at worst.
If you are having a lot of regrowth around your face, or have some bald spots that need concealing, you may want to go with bangs as the solution. You can go with baby bangs, or if you actually don't like having bangs, try some longer ones, a la Bridget Bardot so you have the effect of covering the regrowth, but they aren't as high maintenance.
If you have all-over thinning, you may just want to give your hair a good chop. But be careful here, so as to avoid the dreaded 90s mom hair. You can get a healthy trim and keep your hair relatively long and stylish, or you can get a bob. Don't feel like you are losing your sense of self just because you're cutting your hair short, especially if you just had a baby, make a change that still feels like YOU. If you had really long hair before, go for shoulder length, so you can still put it up and technically have long hair, while giving it some much-needed thickness. If you have a face that can pull off a bob, go for it! There is literally nothing cuter than a baby bob with some bangs. It's low maintenance and you'll look adorable. And if you're brave, go really blonde!
Have you ever tried any of these methods? Did they work? I know some people say Biotin give them acne, but I've never had that problem. Hair loss can be really distressing, make sure you take the time to make yourself feel good when you're dealing with it, lay off heating tools when you can, and treat yourself to a good haircut so you feel confident again.