It wasn't something that happened suddenly, but rather over time.
I was 25-years-old when I noticed my hair looked a little lacklustre.
Not to mention towards the end of last year, my already thin hair became brittle and was falling out more than it ever had.
I was cleaning out my shower plug every day with huge clumps.
To be honest, at the time I put it down to not having a cut for 8 months.
Aaaand maintaining the warm blonde colour in my hair every 6 weeks.
But once I headed back to the hairdressers for a fresh cut and colour, I realised:
Something was up.
Even after a wash with super expensive shampoo and conditioner...
Plus that overpriced $40 treatment they talk you into...
My hairdresser told me my hair was in terrible shape.
He couldn't tell me why.
I usually walk out of my hairdressers with a beautiful blowout and luscious locks.
This time my hair was still frizzy and dry.
Split ends stuck out everywhere.
And I had very clear breakage at my roots.
I consider myself a healthy person.
I have been gluten intolerant for two years but stick to an alright diet, I try to keep fit, don't smoke and I'm not a really big drinker.
There was nothing in my diet that would contribute to hair loss.
Nor was I under any stress at the time.
It gets worse:
My hair falling out wasn't the only thing I noticed changing about my body.
I was tired (like I used to be when eating gluten).
I was having insane nightmares.
I put on weight.
I had terrible brain fog and would jump ten feet in the air at simple noises.
I did some research and headed to specialists.
After an insane amount of tests, both invasive and non-invasive, turns out I've got the Autoimmune disease Hypothyroidism or Hashimoto's disease.
You might be thinking:
“What the hell is that?!”
In simple terms, it's when your thyroid - a very very important gland in your body - isn't producing a particular hormone.
It can really screw with your organs, mood and brain function.
Although my symptoms were extremely obvious, sometimes it can take a really long time to diagnose.
Frankly, without my family's autoimmune disease history I probably would have paid less attention to my symptoms.
Both my father and sister have Thyroid issues which made it more obvious to me.
With a diagnosis under my belt, I decided to get my beautiful locks back.
Most Autoimmune diseases cause hair loss such as:
- And the most well known, Alopecia.
If you've got an autoimmune disease that is wreaking havoc on your locks, I've got you covered with these five steps to kickstart your fine, thin hair re-growing into healthy strong hair.
1. Fake it until you make it.
There is no quick fix to regrowing or bringing your thin hair back from the dead, and if you see any advertisements stating otherwise:
I wanted more length since I had to cut so much dead hair off.
But most importantly, I wanted my volume back!
I decided while I was treating my hair to get a Halo from Sitting Pretty.
The whole team was so amazing from colour matching to cutting and styling.
I now own two Sitting Pretty Halos:
- The MEDIUM Halo for length
- The FINE Halo for everyday use
And I do mean every day.
It's so easy to use and makes my crappy thin hair look AMAZING while it heals!
If you're looking for hair extensions to disguise your thin hair, go for a Halo.
Halo hair extensions are the least damaging type of extensions.
Stear clear of tape in and clip in extensions that bond to your hair.
They're going to weight down your already weak hair - not what we want!
2. Avoid Cheap Supermarket Products.
It's time to chuck out all those cheap nasty products you purchased from Coles.
Yes, even those shampoo and conditioners that claim they are "salon grade" products.
Sure, they work for some people.
BUT if your hair is falling out...
They are making things worse, believe me.
I recently decided to really dosh out and bought the entire Kérastase Résistance range.
My hair quality has never been healthier or stronger.
To be candid, I know Kérastase is an extremely expensive brand, but there are other professional brands that are in the cheaper range.
Such as Eleven, Kevin Murphy, Redken or System Professional.
I would suggest sticking to natural shampoos once you have a good hair base.
Stay away from parabens and sulfates – basically anything that foams.
3. No More Heat.
Try your best to stop using hair dryers and styling tools.
Heat damaged hair is brittle and can cause a lot of breakage;
Something I'm desperately trying to avoid while my hair repairs itself.
I know this is easier said than done.
But your hair will naturally repair faster without heat damage drying out your roots and ends.
A good alternative:
If you're running late, only use the cold air function on your hairdryer.
Or you can even use heatless styling techniques, like twisting your hair with a scarf or headband and sleeping with it overnight for natural waves.
4. Vitamins are a must.
Let's be honest.
I've never been one to take supplements or vitamins.
Even as a kid I thought they were pointless and a waste of money.
It took a lot of reconditioning on my behalf to make them a part of my everyday routine.
And I've noticed a huge difference.
More often than not, a lot of Autoimmune diseases that result in hair loss comes down to deficiencies in:
- vitamins B-7 (biotin)
- B complex
- Vitamin D, C, E, and A
A multivitamin may help boost hair growth and prevent hair loss.
Do not overdo it though!
Incorrect dosage can lead to more hair loss.
So be sure to discuss with your pharmacist beforehand.
5. Your hair is what you eat.
Being gluten intolerant meant I already had a good start to eating healthy.
However, my version of what is healthy...
And what my specialist from the Lucy Rose Clinic thinks is healthy...
Are two entirely different things.
After my tests, one thing was for sure:
ANY saturated fats, carbs, sugar, caffeine and alcohol was causing an inflammatory response.
Which significantly increased my hair loss.
So, I've cut back.
Where I used to have bacon or fries, I now try substitute in veggies or foods high in fatty acids.
Caffeine is something I haven't been able to give up yet.
And I'm not sure if I will.
But I've tried to cut back as much as possible.
Unsure of how you should be eating?
Do some research or get a specialised nutritionist who works with your type of Autoimmune disease.
They will have a better idea on treatment than a regular nutritionist.
Unfortunately, the reality is it may take many, many months to notice hair growth results.
Even when you're doing everything you can!
While this may be frustrating...
There are ways to have instant results;
Sitting Pretty was definitely the first step to help me feel more confident with how my hair looked.
People even asked me how I got such amazing hair;
So ironic considering my situation!
My hair will sort itself out for me in due course.
And I can't wait to wear my Halo when my tresses are back to normal, for even more volume and length.
If you've had significant hair loss in the last few months, I would head to your doctor or specialist.
You'll know when your hair is actually falling out rather than your normal everyday breakage.
And you can do something about it!
Shop Sitting Pretty Halo Hair extensions for thin hair here