|I include this for my nerd science friends|
Even after I was FINALLY diagnosed correctly, even AFTER I had all the mommy parts removed, I still am struggling with the symptoms. I paid a great deal of money to have my face lasered free of hair (OMG - why did I not do that years before?). I understood that weight loss for me would never be as easy as it was for my friends and that I could balloon up forty pounds in a couple weeks if I ever let it go. But at least the enemy had acquired a name.
The thing that bugs me most these days is the hair loss. I used to have thick glossy chestnut brown hair. It grows fast and is straight as can be. A little less straight as more of it turns grey - underneath the Miss Clairol, I know it's grey. Used to, I could barely get a standard pony tail holder around it. Now I can get it in easily and have to wrap the band numerous times around the thinning and sad hank of hair. Every morning when I comb through it, more of it ends up in my hands. I'm not talking about the few hairs you lose every day. I'm talking about a chemo patient worthy amount of hair.
But I am a scientist dammit and I never give up! I started with Nioxan, a shampoo designed to stimulate blood flow to the scalp. It was tingly which I liked as a wake up in the morning, but it did nothing to stop the cascade of hair onto the bathroom floor.
About 2 years ago I read about the effects of SDS or SLS on the hair follicle and switched immediately to a sulfate free shampoo. FYI - SDS is a chemical used to degrease machinery. Your hair may be naturally oliy, but good gawd no one needs THAT! I noticed immediately that my hair needed shampoing less often which is just damn ironic that removing the DEGREASING component made my hair less greasy. I could shampoo every 2-3 days with the SLS-free stuff v every day with the standard shampoo. Bonus. And the hair loss slowed a bit, but hardly stopped.
Last week I bit the bullet and ordered WEN to try it out. This is the weirdest shit. Sulfate free - check. (I will NEVER put that shit in my hair again). Suds free. That takes some getting used to. You lather it on and it feels more like conditioner than any shampoo I know of (and I will fess I am a shampoo hooker and have tried them all!). In my head as I massage it around, I'm thinking no way is this going to clean my hair. I will end up shampoing it out with my SLS-free stuff and a significant amount of money will be wasted. But my hair seems to love it. Shinier and softer than it has been in a while. And it is clean without machine degreaser, without a single bubble. Weird huh?
I am still able to go 2-3 days between shampoos without it looking a hot mess. So that's good. No better than my SLS-free stuff but also no worse. I am most curious to see how the hair responds and if this one will slow the hair loss. I would love someone forever if they invented something that did that.