I’m coming back at you with another hair loss post. This one is aimed to try to help those who have maybe recently discovered that you might be shedding a little more than usual, you might have a little more hair in your shower drain that’s making you a little uneasy, or you’re just flat out losing tons of hair, and you’re freaking out, and you don’t know what to do. In this post, I’m not going to tell you the things that you should do, because there’s tons of information out there for things that you should do. Instead, I’m going to tell you the things that you shouldn’t do, because these are some of the things that I did, and I messed up. These are some of the things that you should NOT do:
I know that’s the first thing that you’re going to be prone to do. You’re going to be prone to go, “Oh, my God. Oh, my God. My hair’s falling out. What do I do? Oh, my God.” The thing is the more you panic, the worst it’s going to be. I know that’s the last thing that you want to hear, but it’s true. The more stress that you put on yourself, the more hair loss you’re going to have. You have to be really careful to just take a deep breath, and say, “All right, this could be a problem. What do I do from here?”
That’s where you need to start thinking rationally, call and make an appointment with your doctor to have blood work done to see what’s causing this problem. Maybe make an appointment with the dermatologist, and have a skin biopsy done that way you can figure out what kind of hair loss you have, and come up with a plan from there. But don’t panic.
Don’t make drastic changes
You don’t want to make any drastic changes. You don’t want to change shampoos and conditioners. Don’t do that. I promise you don’t want to do that, unless your dermatologist or your doctor tells you to change to a specific shampoo or conditioner, listen to them. Give that a try. But if you have been using the same shampoo for months, years, and you’re just now seeing hair loss issues, don’t go and freak out, and go, “Oh, I need to try something new. I need to try a new shampoo.” Don’t do that, because it could shock your system. It could shock your follicles. It could weaken your already weak follicles and hair. You don’t want to make any drastic changes. Don’t go out and change shampoos just yet.
Don’t waste money on hair regrowth systems
The next thing you don’t want to do is you don’t want to go out, and spend a lot of money on hair regrowth systems. Not until you have talked to a doctor or a dermatologist, because you could be wasting your money. You could be wasting your time and money, and you could actually make things worse on yourself. Don’t go and spend a lot of money on hair regrowth systems. Don’t spend a lot of money on supplements, and vitamins, and whatever else you’re being marketed to. Just don’t spend a whole lot of money until you’ve talked to a doctor or a dermatologist, and they’ve recommended something just for you.
The truth is, as soon as you start Googling hair loss for women, as soon as you start Googling what to do about thinning hair, you are going to have advertisements flying in your face like crazy. Anytime you log into Facebook, anytime you’re on Instagram, you’re going to have ads everywhere, and you’re going to be looking at those ads going, “Huh? Oh, that sounds interesting. I might give that a try.” Don’t do it. Just wait, wait until you talk to your doctor, and come up with a game plan, because it’s more than likely a vitamin or nutritional deficiency that you’re dealing with, or it could be something else, and I’m not going to diagnose you, and you don’t need the internet to diagnose you.
Take bloggers advice with a grain of salt
That brings me to my next point, and I’m calling myself out on this too, don’t get swept away in reading blogs and advise, like what I’m giving you right now. Take everything that you see on the internet, dealing with hair loss and hair thinning with a grain of salt. When you are looking… Say you Google hair shampoo for hair thinning, I guarantee you, because I’ve done this, the first results that are going to come up are going to be from very trendy beauty blogs. It’s probably going to be a top 10 list of shampoos recommended. But here’s the deal with those lists. Those people who have published those lists have not tested those products personally. They have just gone and found shampoos that have the buzzwords, have been recommended by hairstylist, but they have not tested these products. When you see one of those top 10 shampoos for hair thinning, you need to take those lists with a grain of salt, and you need to take advice from beauty bloggers with a grain of salt. Because unless you are speaking with a person like a dermatologist, or like a doctor, who is giving advice from a medical background, you’re not really going to be getting good advice.
This includes what I’m telling you. Take what I’m telling you with a grain of salt. I don’t know how many times I’ve mentioned it in this blog post. Just talk to a doctor or a dermatologist, but go do that. Really, I’m serious about this. Go talk to a dermatologist or a doctor. Get help. Seriously, you don’t want to go at this alone. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments. But again, take any advice that you get in the comments with a grain of salt, because when you go through hair loss, and you start posing questions out there to the internet you’re going to get advice. Some of it’s going to be good, and some of it’s going to be bad, and you have to weigh out the pros and cons, and really do what you think is best for you. But seriously, seek medical advice on this, and come up with a game plan on how to reverse the damage.
Do be patient
Now, the one thing I will tell you to do if you’re experiencing hair loss is, well, go to the doctor, but also you need to be patient. Be patient with yourself, and be patient with the process. Because the truth is when you start losing your hair it can come out really fast, but it takes a long time to regrow. You just have to be patient with the process, and be patient with yourself. Don’t be too hard on yourself, and just know that as long as you are taking the steps that have been laid out for you with your doctor or dermatologist, you will get through it, and you will grow your hair back. That’ll just take time, so be patient with your self, and take care of yourself.