I'm not sure what caused this, but the only thing beyond stress that I could think of is...Brazilian Blowout. I consistent got these prior to finding out about how BAD they are for you. I ignored the signs, the articles, because I love how it made my hair feel. And I worry that it could have onset this. I have no clue what caused this. But I do want to warn those considering getting the blowout, please do not. That's it for now. Keep you posted, send prayers for hair growth and health :)
My battle with Alopecia Areata
It all began about 2 months ago. I decided to take a leap. I needed a fun change. Highlights!! I have not highlighted my hair in YEARS. Since high school. As I sit here and type these, the emotions of having to write this is upsetting and challenging for me. It makes this real. I've taken a few photos, but am not ready to share them yet. As I my stylist was coloring my hair, she was surprised and said "I didn't know you have alopecia?!" I've gone to her consistently for the last 7 months now, I told her " UM I don't have alopecia!!!!!" She then exposed the front right side of my scalp, and my hair was not there, MIA, gone. It was completely bald. I didn't tear up, mostly because I think I was in shock. Then the health concern set in. I had been tired more than normal lately, my memory has been off, and I've gotten sick 3 times the last 3 months. Within the next few weeks, I tried not to get too upset and went to my physician immediately. After multiple visits and rounds of blood work. We found that my thyroid, cell/blood count, was completely normal. My Vitamin D was extremely low, below normal levels. WAY below normal. But can that cause hair loss? I've been on a strict vitamin D regimen (10,000 International Units per day). But it hasn't quite helped. I decided to go see Missy, my dermatologist. We found out last week from my biopsy that my hair has potential to grow back, it isn't scarred, and there is no cancer, or nothing there that shouldn't be. PHEW. She deducted I have alopecia areata. Onset by stress. I am happy for my health, but its scary, I notice now that my hair is thinner in other spots and fear that more could be coming. I am taking more yoga, finding way to let my stress out, am taking monthly steroids shots, and blood pressure medication (somehow this has been found to help), and am praying that my hair grows back.
Posted by Chelsea