Things I Wish I Knew About Hair Loss (Before It Fell Out)

We’ve had some rough times, my hair and I. When my hair started to thin dramatically, I did a huge amount of things wrong. So these are the things I wish I knew about hair loss, before it all fell out…

Dramatic weight loss can be a factor 
It took me a long time to make the connection between dramatic weightloss and undereating with why my hair was thinning. Dramatic weightloss can be a “shock” to the body and cause physical trauma that may cause your hair to thin. Not only did I lose about two stone, but I had quite an unhealthy relationship with food and was undereating. Of course this might not be the case for everyone, but if you are looking to lose weight, eating enough to nourish your body and doing it slowly is always the best way.

Smothering your hair in products is not the answer
So your hair is falling out, what do you do? If you’re anything like me, when desperation strikes, online shopping calls. I spent a ridiculous amount of money on deep conditioners and moisturising products which weighed my hair down. I always thought that the more expensive or more products I used, the better my hair would be. WRONG. Before even blow drying, I would go through a detangler, hair oil, smoothing cream, a volumising product, heat spray and sometimes even a leave in conditioner, then once dry there would be even oils! If this sounds like you, then stop now. The best thing you can do for thin, lack-lustre hair is to use as little products as possible. A few months ago I discovered WEN which has absolutely changed my life and which I will be reviewing more in depth very soon. It’s a cleansing shampoo which doesn’t lather and has stripped my hair of all the built up residue, leaving it feeling and looking more like my old hair. Besides a heat protector and some moroccan oil I use nothing on my hair and it’s the best condition it’s been in a long time.

You’re going to have to find a way to make it work, without heat
Hair loss is extremely upsetting, but you have to find a way to make it work.  Daily heat is never the answer and there are plenty of hair styles you can try so that you don’t have to style it. Whilst investing in a good set of hair extensions helped my confidence, I wore them everyday which of course did my hair no good. My answer was a beanie all winter and wearing my hair in a messy bun and trying to only style my hair when either totally necessary or if I was going out. It’ll take a few months but your hair will thank you for it.

Being unhappy won’t make it grow back faster – in fact, it’ll do the opposite
How our hair looks has a huge impact on our self confidence. I allowed it to completely consume my life, damage my self-esteem and limit my happiness. Focusing on your mental and physical health is extremely important if you’re losing your hair. You can’t always minimise stress, but you can find ways to manage it. I was so unhappy that I found it hard to get into a routine or stay on top of daily life, which of course, makes you more stressed and more unhappy.  Don’t allow your hair loss to take over your life or be another stress factor that may contribute to it falling out in the first place. The best thing I did was buy an agenda, get organised, and start going to the gym. Focus your energy on doing the things that make you happy and know that it will grow back with some time and patience.

Have you ever lost your hair?

Lydia Rose,

xoxo

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16 Comments

  1. August 20, 2015 / 6:19 pm

    Some great tips here. I have really fine hair, and I've cut down my hair routine to be super minimal now, and that goes for both products and heat. I love the Lush shampoo bars as they are really gentle but give a nice amount of volume and still leave your hair feeling silky smooth. I'm also a bit of an overuser of the CoLab dry shampoo. I cut down washing my hair to every 3 days. I hope your hair sorts its self out, it's tricky!

    Kirstie | Kimamely Beauty

  2. August 20, 2015 / 6:27 pm

    OMG when my hair fell out I did ALL of these things and still do so wonder it hasn't got too much better, heat is my biggest battle and the love of smothering things on it hahah xxx

  3. August 20, 2015 / 6:39 pm

    I never use heat on my hair I am always scared in case it snaps with my ends being bleached!

    Katie | Katies World of Beauty

  4. August 20, 2015 / 7:02 pm

    I had to have a whole lot of hair chopped recently due to heat damage 🙁 My hair is incredibly thin as it is, and I found a combination of stress and heat really contributed to my hair loss and thinning, but since I had the chop and stopped worrying I've found my hair to be much healthier. x

    Lissy ♥ lissyslife.com

  5. August 20, 2015 / 7:21 pm

    I lost quite a lot of hair especially around my hair line when I had bad eczema flare ups about five years ago mix that with a lot of stress and my hair thinned out a lot. It finally settled down and started to grow back a year on and even now four years later the parts growing back still aren't the same length as the rest of my hair. If I wear my hair up it just looks like a halo of frizz which I really don't like, I can't wait for it to grow out even more.

    I hardly ever use heat on my hair and have reduced the amount of products that I use which has made a difference. Also just generally being a lot happier has helped as well 🙂 xx

  6. August 21, 2015 / 12:43 am

    I have never really had any issues with my hair so this is really interesting to read about. That being said my mum was sick a few years ago and lost a LOT of weight really quickly and her hair started to fall out, and just seeing the struggle she went through made it clear to me that it is such a hard thing to deal with x

    poundingyounghearts.blogspot.com

  7. August 21, 2015 / 9:28 am

    I lost a lot of weight and I did notice my hair falling out more than usual. This was eye opening!

    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  8. August 21, 2015 / 9:52 am

    I think you may have just solved my problem, I have been losing quite a bit of weight recently and have noticed my hair falls out a lot more easily in the shower!

    Hannah | Granite City Girl

  9. August 21, 2015 / 11:04 am

    I feel like my hairs a lot thinner than it ever used to be. I've cut down the amount of heat I use on it which is slowly making a difference but massively think you just have to be patient and wait!

    Katya | The Beauty Harbour

  10. August 21, 2015 / 4:28 pm

    My hairs been falling out a lot lately, everyday my floor is covered in at and when I take my top off I notice it's all stuck to the back of it ! My hairs quite thick and it's not noticeable at the moment but i'm going to remember some of this advice. I hope your hair recovers !

    Distant Dreamer

  11. August 22, 2015 / 12:32 am

    My hair is considerably thinner than it used to be, but I think that comes down to bleaching. Always looking to try to improve the condition of it though. I don't use heat either, and I try to leave longer between washes so as not to fill it with products and let it do its own natural thing.

    ♡ Emily from Trendpill x

  12. August 22, 2015 / 1:33 am

    I recently bleached my hair (and then a few days later dyed it back dark as I hated it) and I can tell my hair isn't too happy about it! I'm trying to use less heat on it and wear it up when possible. I find that coconut oil really helps too. I used raw coconut oil on my hair, over night, when it's due to be washed and it really helps, especially with scalp condition. I think limiting hair washing to a couple of times a week helps too!

    Kelsey xx

    The Petit Shepherd

  13. August 23, 2015 / 9:45 pm

    Last year I had a huge clump of hair fall out of one side of my head due to stress, which left one side obviously thinner and shorter than the other. It's almost grown out now with regular trimming and using less heat but it made me SO paranoid & conscious. I really think it's down to patience & using as little as possible! Thanks for this post Lydia, I felt really alone when it happened to me & I was so embarrassed to talk about it, but this made me realised it isn't just me <3

    Megan xo
    Thumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty & Fashion Blog

  14. September 3, 2015 / 9:10 pm

    All of these are true. In fact, they are very on point. It can really help if we do not stress our hair too much, either by using too much shampoo or using too much product on it. The key word here is 'adjustment'. We should take a measured stance with regards to dealing with hair loss. Good luck!

    Collene Puterbaugh @ Baja Hair Center

  15. February 18, 2016 / 6:41 am

    One thing that I wish I knew back then was certain foods were causing me to lose my hair prematurely. I recently discovered that by cutting out these foods that is actually slowed down the receding and I have been able to get treatments to start growing hair back in those areas before it was too late. Learn as much as you can early on.

    Victor Peterson @ Dr. Farole

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