GENETIC HAIR LOSS OR BAD HAIRCUT?

Will I start to have hair loss? This is a question I ask myself frequently. My mom dealt with hair loss. In fact my entire extended family has hair loss. My uncles are thinning if not bald and I don’t remember my grandparents having much hair either. Genetic hair loss is a concern of mine and I want to share it with you today. I’ve partnered with Rogaine to open up and talk about the subject. So many people deal with hair loss in silence. As women we tend to hold value on our hair more than we realize.

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WAKE UP CALL

My first experience that gave me an idea of what my mom might have gone through was in college.  Working part time at a salon, I had one of the stylist place extensions in my hair for a few months. After removing the extensions, I went home to wash my hair. This is where I ended up on the floor of my shower crying as handfuls of my hair were coming out. I never cared much about my hair. Of course I wanted a good cut and color, but hair to me always grew back. I had a full thick head of it and it grew fast. Chopping it off, I was never scared. But this, this moment in the shower with my hair falling out I panicked.

This was self inflicted. Not doing my research and trusting someone’s word. Never again. For weeks my hair continued to break off and fall out. Going from naturally full, thick hair to short thin hair was a wake up call. Did my mom feel this way when she noticided her hair thinning? I knew she was self conscious about it, always trying to find hair pieces, new hairstyles, and hats to conceal the hair loss, but she never really allowed herself to share the feeling of less than with us.

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my mom and me after her stroke

Women loose hair too. It’s not just something men deal with. Watching my beautiful confident mom become self conscious about her hair weighed on me. While men suffer too from hair loss, it is widely accepted to see a bald man or a shaved head on a man.

It is also important to note that we see things on ourselves 100 times worse than how others perceive it. Therefore it’s usually not as bad as you think, but if it bothers you do something about it. When it comes to hair loss, taking action at the earliest signs is important. You know your body the best, if you feel like your hair is thinning, take action.

LET’S TALK GENETIC HAIR LOSS

Because of my genetics, I have a concern for hair loss. Looking back at photos sometimes I wonder if it’s hair loss or just a bad haircut. I’ve had many bad haircuts. As I’ve entered my thirties, I do know for a fact my hair is not as full as it use to be. My scalp has also changed as I’ve aged. Now I get flakes! How embarrassing?! Never in my life have I had to deal with a flaky scalp. So now I get to worry about flakes and hair loss, lucky me. Both my older siblings have a full head of hair, so I do have high hopes. There are also treatments now available for women, like women’s Rogaine, so I know there are options.

My main goal is to be as open and honest about my feelings and experiences with you and to allow a safe space to share your experiences. I think it is so important to talk about subjects that can be uncomfortable. Having a platform allows me to broach these topics and hopefully offer support. If you are worried about hair loss or are experiencing it, know that you are not alone. Without thinking too hard, I personally am connected to 5 people experiencing hair loss.

WHAT CAN WE DO?

Understanding that age will affect the fullness of your hair is one thing, but if you are experiencing hair loss, talk to your stylist about it. Start treatment immediately and get a good haircut. Looking through my photos, I’ve had some pretty bad haircuts. Not that the style was bad, but just not right for my face shape and hair texture. Having my hair styled by someone who understands what I’m worried about and is familiar with the texture is crucial. While my hair is thinner than it was in my 20’s I now invest in a good haircut.

Watch my video with celebrity stylist Jill Crosby HERE. We discuss female hair loss and tips on how to style your hair for a fuller effect. She literally transforms my horrible haircut and color in 10 minutes. See what capable hands can do? Invest in your stylist.

Also check out my recent video Top 5 Beauty Tips To Boost Confidence. I share with you my best tips to feel better about yourself when you’re down to help you get ahead in life. These beauty tips come in handy for when I’m having a hard time and really keep me going and motivate me to get ahead. Working for myself, I constantly have to be my own cheerleader and pick myself up.

I truly hope today’s post inspires you and help those experiencing hair loss know you are not alone. Share your experience in the comment section

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Serein

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7 Comments

  1. Joselyn T
    September 13, 2017 / 6:24 am

    Thanks for this post Serein! I don’t suffer from hair loss yet, but I do have super fine hair. If I don’t have the right haircut, it can be embarrassing how flat and lifeless my hair is. Thanks for the info!

    • September 12, 2017 / 11:35 pm

      Thank you for reading!

  2. Gail Sato
    September 12, 2017 / 3:00 pm

    Thank you for this post Serena! I’ve begun to notice thinning in the last year. It started with thyroid issues compounded with menopause – double whammy!

    I started using Nioxin to try to stop the hair loss and it has helped. I don’t believe it helps with regrowth though. Have you or anyone close to you tried Rogaine? If so, what were the results?

    I think hair loss impacts women 100 times worse than men. As you stated, baldness is more accepted with men. It really has affected me psychologically. It’s one of the first things you see every morning when you look in the mirror.

    Thank you again for your insight.

    • September 12, 2017 / 11:39 pm

      Hi Gail-

      I’m so sorry to hear about your thyroid issues, it’s not easy and so many deal with thyroid imbalance. Good for you for starting Nioxin immediately. Kerry swears by it. I personally have not gotten to a point where I would need Rogaine, but I have heard that it does work and the sooner you start the better. When I spoke with Jill last year about Rogaine she recommended it to her clients dealing with genetic hair loss. If you do try Rogaine, please let me know how it works for you. My dad used it for years and he felt like it made a difference.

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