Friday, January 9, 2009

Hair today, gone tmmw

I know my last post was the "farewell" but I have something else to share. The past couple of months, I've noticed my hair falling out A LOT more than normal. It didn't really bother me at first, but it hasn't stopped. I went to my hairdresser last night (who I haven't seen in three months) and he noticed a big change. He mentioned this and I've read it on several websites that patients might experience a dramatic change in hair loss 3-6 months after a major surgery. WHAT?! So, I'm not bald, but it is a lot thinner than I'm used to. He did say that he could see new growth, so it wasn't anything permanent. He suggested doing two 60 day cycles of Nioxin and to schedule an appointment with a dermotologist just to make sure it isn't anything like a thyroid problem or anemia. Just when I thought all this surgery stuff was over! I've also stopped using shampoos with sodium laurel sulfate (which is in most shampoos) since it is really harsh on hair. I also had him color my hair back to my natural color for the first time since I was in seventh grade! No more blonde for now. I think a rest from hi-lights will do some good too. Just thought some of you might have had this happen to you.


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Gillian - Brandon said...

Hey Rachel,

I noticed this exact same thing! And my surgery was just over a year ago.

While the thinning seems to be slowing now, the "re-thickening" isn't happening as fast as I'd like.

I've just looked up Nioxin after reading your post and may give their "System 6" a try.

When he recommended "two 60-day cycles," what does that mean exactly?

Like, use it for 4 months straight, or take a certain amount of time off between the two 2-month cycles?

Thanks, and you look great! Congrats on a successful surgery!

Katherine (Kate) said...

Oh my goodness, that is something I can honestly say I've not come across in all the info about this surgery! Very good news that it's already starting to come back, but who'd a thunk? I stopped using products with SLS a couple of years ago (for a different reason), so at least can be proactive on that front...
Thank you for bringing this up, though of course sorry that you've had to experience it firsthand.

Do let us know how you make out ....and of course we want to see a pic "au naturale" :)

Michelle said...

Wow, what an unpleasant surprise! I hope the treatment works. Please keep us posted on how this goes. I've got my fingers crossed for you!


Kam said...

How strange! I haven't heard of that.

I have not experienced a loss in hair... yet. (I've actually been letting it grow out due to my in-ability to bend my head back far enough to get it cut), but I will keep an eye on hair brush! Thanks for the tip! And I hope your hair goes back to normal soon!

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