Two weeks ago, I started experiencing the frustrating, inevitable massive hair loss that comes from bearing children.
I tried not to give it too much thought, but when your hair is suddenly becoming your new bathroom mat, well…scary, gross, sad just doesn’t fully express everything you are feeling.
Tired of hearing my mom say, “it’s normal….you just had a baby,” I dropped my oldest son at day care and with baby in arms, came home determined to resolve this issue before facing yet another day of checking the hairbrush and staring at it idly in disbelief -jaw on the floor and tears in my eyes- wondering how much longer until it’s all gone?
Now, I know I am not my hair BUT when your hair is one of the few things you still have a bit of a handle over -specially when you are still not feeling like yourself after having a baby- well…crap, I just wasn’t going to stand around and continue to watch it go down the drain.
Mixing 3/4 c of olive oil and 5 tbsp of ground cinnamon, I armed myself with a toothbrush and faced the mirror as I took to my scalp. After a few minutes I threw the toothbrush in the trash and just started dousing my head with the mixture giddy with excitement.
Mind you, I have done crazy things to my hair in the past and both laughing and shaking my head at this moment, I made sure I massaged my entire scalp with this ‘liquid mixture of gold’ which was now my lifeline to luscious hair.
Despite the MESS I had just spent 30 minutes cleaning up, I went on about my work day (dressed in an old t-shirt, no makeup and brown goo streaming down my neck: one of the awesome advantages of working from home 🙂
Only when the neckline of my t-shirt was visibly brown did I decide to go shower, but leaving this on for 30-45 minutes, should work perfectly fine.
Rinsing thoroughly with warm water, 3-4 shampoos later and a quick cold water rinse to close the hair shafts, I was back in front of my mirror, armed with my hairdryer and paddle brush. I had never been so terrified of looking at a hairbrush in my life!
Getting a grip, I blew out my hair and when I was done, I chuckled at the pleasant surprise that only 4 strands of hair had made it onto my brush.
I winked at the chica in the mirror and asked, “Same time next week?” ABSOLUTELY!
All joking aside, this ‘mix’ is not a magic cure. Cinnamon and olive oil have been proven to be very beneficial for hair care but this specific mix is the result of my own experimentation.
KNOWN FACTORS AND REASONS YOU MIGHT BE EXPERIENCING THINNING HAIR
A common family predisposition involves natural, age-related hormonal changes that can trigger hair loss. This is caused by the conversion of testosterone into the toxin Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and can be inherited from either your mother or your father.
STRESS AND TRAUMA
Stress can produce increased levels of testosterone, which converts to DHT and interrupts the hair’s growth cycle. Stress also constricts blood supply through the capillaries, restricting oxygen and nutrient uptake and vitamins to the hair follicle.
NUTRITION AND DIET
What you eat can play a significant role in hair thinning. A high consumption of animal fats, rapid weight loss and liquid protein diets can result in a lack of amino acids, biotin, iron, protein and zinc — all of which are essential for healthy-looking hair.
Several underlying health issues can cause hair thinning, including a malfunctioning of the hormone-producing thyroid gland and the natural hormonal changes women experience after pregnancy and during the menopause.
Air and water pollutants, chlorine, metals and minerals may be left on the scalp and hair as we wash with water every day, contributing to thinning. Pollutants such as pseudo-estrogens and toxins from within our bodies are also a factor.
The hair follicle is incredibly sensitive to changes in the body. Any hormone therapy (including birth control) can contribute to hair thinning, as can steroids, specific chemotherapies, and medication for blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and acne.
CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU THINK YOU ARE SUFFERING FROM A SERIOUS HAIR LOSS CONDITION