Mon, Jan. 9th, 2017

scarlettina: (Hope - Fingers Crossed)
Previously on "My Hair": I've been diagnosed with telogen effluvium, apparently the result of my illness last August and, possibly, a separate emotional shock. For those who don't wish to read the article, the money shot is: "[telogen effluvium is the result of] an environmental insult that 'shocks' the growing hair follicles so much that they decide to go into a resting state for a while....This form of TE usually lasts less than six months and the affected individual has a normal scalp hair density again within a year." Basically, I've been losing my hair at an alarming, upsetting rate. Morning showers are usually followed by bouts of crying as I remove thick, alarming nests of hair from the shower drain and pull handfuls of it out of my hair brush. It's been awful.

Update: This morning, I washed my hair and discovered that there was no hair in the shower drain. None. After months of cleaning drifts from the floor and nests from the drain, there was none in the shower this morning, and nearly a normal amount in my brush. The last two showers, the hair loss evidenced in the shower has been lessening. If this persists, the condition may finally be reversing itself. I don't want to count my chickens here, but I may finally be seeing the end of the tunnel. My hair is still ridiculously diffuse and thin for me, and the texture is unfamiliar. I still hate how it looks. We'll see how things go. Fingers crossed.

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