Due to me being a student and not having great substantial amounts of money to spend solely on beautifying myself, I've thought about it and decided that I'm going to update this blog regularly, but not everyday - more like once/twice a week. That way I shouldn't lose track of what products I've already reviewed or recently bought whilst giving me time to thoroughly test them out before reviewing. Sound good?
So on to today!
One thing that has been bothering me over the past couple of months is the amount of hair that is literally falling off my head.
I noticed that I was losing a bit more hair than normal in the shower just before I applied the first batch of henna, so I'm ruling out henna being the cause of my hair loss. Having said that, it's been gradually getting worse. I've even counted how many hairs I've collected from the bathtub after showering and at most I've found 40. 40 hairs is A LOT to look at and have fall out in one sitting. What scares me more is how many hairs I lose straight after having a shower when I style it.
I thought that it might be the fact I've used heat on my hair everyday since I was about 16. So I've cut back on using my straighteners and rarely use the hairdryer now, preferring to get up earlier and let it air dry. I've also started using the Botanics Heat Protectant (which I reviewed a couple of weeks back) to make sure I'm not damaging it THAT much through straightening. And although I do straighten my hair a lot, I don't need to do it as much as I used to due to the henna moisturising my hair so much it pulls it straight down anyway. I just tidy up the ends a bit.
Another thing I use regularly now is a hair mask - something I also reviewed a few weeks back - and I find my hair has responded positively towards this by losing less hairs in the shower than I normally do when I use it. However, on the days I use alternative conditioners I'm still losing about 15 - 30 hairs.
Another thing I thought it might be is that I haven't had my hair cut properly in about 2 years.
This is how my hair was with regular cutting. 'scuse my bum showing :) (Aged 16/17)
This is me after my hairdresser took it upon herself to cut my hair how she wanted it. (Aged 17/18) Very short.
Then I didn't have it cut for about 9 months because I was so horrified she'd cut my hair off again. But obviously because it was blonde it started to grow out and look a bit grubby so I went back had it 'trimmed' and dyed brown. (Aged 18)
As you can see she cut it pretty short again.
Anyways, this is a photo of me taken yesterday. (Aged 20)
So, after my little cutting here and there my hair has grown half way down my back and is quite glossy. I quite like my hair :)
Since studying and counting the hairs that have fallen out, either in the shower or when I'm styling it, I've noticed that a fair few of them have been extremely weak, thin or had split ends that reach up to 2/3 the way along the hair. Something that also scared me.
Since I took it upon myself to cut my own hair I've used kitchen scissors. Scissors we use for everything and anything and are quite blunt now. I've noticed that even when I've tried to cut off the white split ends, I've failed and created more.
So on Monday, after the massive hairball incident I went to Boots and bought myself some Tweezerman hair scissors.
These cost me £20 which I thought was cheap compared to what 2 years worth of hair cutting would have cost me.
In the past three days I have spent several half hour sessions trying to clip off the dead ends and find the hairs that have split further up the length of the hair. In these three days, I think the quality of my hair has improved greatly.
Today in the shower, although it was a hair mask day, I lost about 5 hairs, which I don't think is too bad. Not compared to the 40 I was losing before. The other thing I'm happy about is that when I run my hand through my hair I don't have bits/whole hairs on my hand. Something that sounds horrible, but actually was literally happening to me.
I haven't trimmed my whole head, I've been just picking up small sections around my head and scanning the ends to see what state they're in. it might sound a bit laborious and time consuming, but I was/am quite desperate to get my hair back into a decent condition.
I will update you all on if my hair gets any better or is my whole head of hair drops off, but I would definately recommend using scissors that are made for cutting hair or are extremely sharp. I'm not sure if it is just using the scissors that's improved my hair so far or the combination of using all the products I've mentioned, but still, I'm incredibly happy so far :)
Have any of you suffered from random hairloss or have you had a specific cause? How did you solve the problem?