As much as I’d rather not show this picture to pretty much anyone, I guess it’s a necessity on a female hair loss blog, huh? Quick, shield your eyes…a female losing hair is incoming:
This is me in mid-November, 2012. I was really bummed because this was taken right after I left the hairstylist’s chair. Normally, immediately following a color appointment my hair looks better since the dye plumps up the hair shaft and helps to conceal the fact that I’m a female losing hair (in fact, in July 2012 I traveled and forgot to pack my favorite concealing product because it was over the 2 oz. limit or whatever the standard is when you fly. However, I had just gotten my hair colored so that combined with a little teasing and a bunch of hair spray made the concealers not necessary!). This time, not so much.
About four months prior, I started taking Spiro. More on that later, but basically it’s an anti-androgen medicine that some women get put on when they have PCOS. More on that later, too. But, it can cause what many women in the “hair thinning spectrum” refer to as “the dread shed.” It *absolutely* did that to me. I lost a ton of hair (and I didn’t have any to spare, mind you!) about a month after I started on it. Even though I was prepared for it, I was devastated. It’s bad enough to be a female losing hair in general, but to lose copious amounts of it in a short period of time is even more heartbreaking.
Now, to be fair, this photo is taken after a basic blowdry–there are absolutely none of my favorite volumizing products in it. I would never, NEVER go out without volumizing products (and hair concealers/hair fibers, too, of course). But, my hair does look slightly better when it’s properly blow-dried with decent products. I’ll post a pic of that, soon.
So, there you have it folks. Me and my scalp. Not the idea I had in my head of what I’d look like at 31 years old!
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”