I have been deciding whether or not to write this post for a few weeks. But, if it helps one woman out there then I guess it’s worth writing.
I began losing my hair when my first son was born 3.5 years ago. The hair I lost never really regrew and on photoshoots the make up artists would colour my scalp in with eye shadow or brow pencil. I naturally have very very thin hair anyway and was really worried about what would happen after the birth of my second child last year. I began losing lots of hair when Brody was just a few weeks old, but as most mums know an extent on hair loss is normal post partum. For me however, full clumps of hair were coming out daily, my shower would be filled with hair, as would my bed every morning, my brows were falling out as were my eyelashes. My GP has told me this hair loss is the combination of hormonal changes as well as stress. It hasn’t been an easy 5 months with Brody being poorly and I think I am more stressed than normal. Hair loss is considered manageable in a woman with average or thick hair, but when you have a head of hair like mine, every strand is precious.
Eventually I had more or less lost all the hair back to my ears and I had to colour my scalp in daily if I wanted my hair tied up. I spoke to a specialist who told me that is very unlikely that I will regain the hair I have lost and my options were basically to accept the loss or have a hair transplant.
Hair loss for any woman is an awful situation to find yourself but when you have a job like mine and your looks are your livelihood, I just couldn’t face not having hair. I began looking into what is involved in a hair transplant; I really struggled to find any resources for women, as it’s largely a surgery undertaken by men. So hopefully my youtube video will be helpful to any other women interested in the procedure.
Through my fantastic hairdresser I was recommended a company called Transhair based in Holland and so I began my journey. There are two methods of hair transplant, individual follicles one by one (FUE) or where a strip of skin is removed and hairs taken from that (FUT) There are benefits to both methods, with FUE the donor hair is taken from all over your head meaning no big scar and no noticeable loss from one place. Whereas FUT all the donor hair comes fro one section, you are left with a scar but it’s considerably more affordable.
After being told I would need a minimum of 1500 grafts and seeing the prices I decided to go with the strip method. As for the actual surgery itself, you are awake for the entire time although sedated. It’s pretty grim to go through but I have to say I had the most fantastic nurses who were ‘replanting’ the hair into the front of my head. I will post a youtube video describing the procedure in further detail, but basically I flew to Holland 4 weeks ago today for my procedure, it was done in a day and I flew home the following day. I was unlucky enough to suffer quite a bad reaction when I got home (as you can see in my photos) but I have been told this hasn’t affected my final result, and hopefully in 12 months I will have hair again.
The healing process is a bit unfortunate with hair transplantation – you leave the clinic with hair and sadly that hair falls out. There is a 3 month resting phase then the new hair begins to grow – so hopefully by the end of summer I will have some hair and noticeable hair by this time next year.
My reason for this post is just to let other women know Hair Loss isn’t just something to be brushed off by your GPs as mine was, and there is a solution. I will keep you all updated on my progress and look out for my video explaining my personal journey.
This first pic shows where I have been losing hair from
This is immediately after surgery
The following day
One week later