PCOS SUCKS! How To Fight Like A Girl And Survive Like A Woman. Chapter 6: Thinning Hair Or Hair Loss
What woman doesn’t love a hot shower or bath? This girl does! My favorite part of getting my hair styled is shampooing. I interned at a salon and learned how stylists give awesome scalp massages while shampooing your hair. I attempt to mimic that when washing my own. It’s nice until I notice the clumps of hair falling out! Luckily, I have a lot of thick hair. Losing a bit isn’t an enormous deal. But some women already have fine hair, so every strand lost is noticeable.
Thinning hair or hair loss is one of the lesser-known PCOS symptoms. I didn’t know it was until my experience. That sent me into research mode on how to keep my hair from continuing to fall out.
Full density shampoo has had a significant impact on my hair loss. I imagine there are many brands that offer a similar line, but I prefer Biolage. It’s marketed towards thinning hair, but I figured it might work against hair loss. It also helped that it was a buy one get one half off deal. I love a good sale! I gave it a few months to work. Strands still fall out, but the larger clumps have lessened. Be on the lookout for sales at Ulta Beauty. They run multiple discounts throughout the year. You can also sign up for free rewards and get additional money off.
Another suggestion I found was for women to wear their hair down. My previous salon coworkers always said wearing your hair in a ponytail can cause hair breakage, especially if it’s tight. I despise wearing my hair down, but I tried it. There is no concrete evidence that this has helped with my hair loss. I’d like to think that this slight change has helped, along with the specialty shampoo. Depending on your career, I know this isn’t an option for every woman. In that case, make sure your ponytail is as loose as possible.
Treat your hair like you would your skin. There aren’t many people who would use harsh chemicals on their skin or rub lotion on so hard that it turns you red. I’ve developed that same mindset with my hair. As a result, I’m more conscious about what I’m putting on my hair. Also, there is no need to take out your frustrations when you towel dry your hair. You’re bound to have breakage and hair clumps if you do that.
There are many other options for hair thinning or hair loss, but above is what I’ve tried. Honestly, I wanted to try the cheaper route first. Serums and repair kits can cost hundreds of dollars. My husband works for a dermatologist and says laser treatments can cost thousands.
Ultimately, being kind to your hair is key. If you have any other suggestions, please leave a comment. And as always, stay strong, “Cysters”!
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