The Thick & Thin Of It

A, backwards, hedge, through dragged. Rearrange these words into a well-known phrase and that is very often what I look like. Despite my very best efforts to tease, stick or blast my hair into shape and a style that is supposed to look ‘messy’, 

Hair defines us, colour, style, shape, curls

 


Hair Loss

 

A, backwards, hedge, through dragged. Rearrange these words into a well-known phrase and that is very often what I look like. Despite my very best efforts to tease, stick or blast my hair into shape and a style that is supposed to look ‘messy’, my crowning glory is oftentimes reminiscent of that cartoon character having placed his finger in an electric socket.

I do so admire those people who seem to wake up with a stylish coiffured head of hair and go through the whole day with seemingly no hair out of place.

I notice that as I get older, hair grows in places you really could not imagine – not telling – and disappears from where I really want it, on my head. Even men these days are running for the waxing salon, although hopefully not yet indulging themselves of a Brazilian. That is hopefully, just a courageous girl thing.

Hair defines us, colour, style, shape, curls, waves, you name it, hair is really important to the way we feel about ourselves. Too much on our bodies, or some in the wrong place and we feel we don’t fit in. What about when it’s missing completely.

Genetics play the biggest part in how we will shine in the crowning glory stakes and also the extent to which we produce in the ‘unwanted’ hair department. There is one additional factor that affects our glory, stress. If you are sick or stressed, it will show in your hair, either by lack of condition, or more scientifically and assuming you still have some, by taking a sample and analysing from root to tip. Hair falling out can be a symptom of a few medical conditions such as thyroid imbalance, uncontrolled diabetes and not to mention arsenic poisoning which is, thankfully in the western world, very rare these days. (If you think you could be a victim of malicious arsenic poisoning – do not eat or drink anything that has been opened by someone else and seek medical, police and legal advice immediately).

Alopecia is the most commonly known hair loss condition, although there are others such as Trichotillomania where the sufferer pulls or twists their hair to the point that it breaks off. Hypnotherapy is often successful in these cases.

It is also possible to ‘nuke’ unwanted hair, although cost could possibly make this prohibitive as an alternative to a monthly trip to the beauty salon.

If the thinning of hair or loss is genetic, not much we can do there, but if stress is a factor, it is possible to redress the balance in your favour.

Now if I can just get my finger out of the electric socket……

 

 

 

 

 

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