Well, it happened! For some reason I thought I would be immune to the hair loss that sometimes comes with weighloss surgery. I have been hyper aware of its possibility and diligent in taking my vitamins. About two weeks ago I noticed I was losing a few more stands than normal and now the hair-loss is basically non stop, my partner constantly picking hairs off my back. I’m not at the point where I am pulling it out in chunks but hairwashing and drying days are particularly upsetting for someone who always took the extra time to style colour and perfect her mop. So why do weightloss surgery patients lose their hair? There are two schools of thought, The first and most likely iis that the trama from a major surgery and anesthesia causes the body to go into a kind of shock, the second is malnutrition. The hair follicle has its growth stage called anagen and its resting stage called telogen. Due to either cause more hair follicles can enter into the resting phase. This is important because the hair in the resting phase at the time of surgery is most likely the hair you will shed. This is why your hair sheds between 1 to 6 months after surgery (usually about 3 to 4 months). When the hair starts to grow again the old hair follicle is released and you lose hair. Sometimes the hair comes out before new hair grows, yikes! I’m trying to remind myself that the hair will grow back and so far you can’t see the hair loss anywhere but in the drain. So what can you do about it?
First things first, try and relax. Then take your vitamins, wash and brush your hair as little as possible and style it in a way that puts as little stress or breakage on it so you don’t lose any hair for other reasons. I cut mine into a bob about a month ago. I would imagine longer hair would be more upsetting as it would seem like you are losing more with the longer strands. You can also take biotin to encourage growth and use thickening type products like Nioxin.
Now to mourn the loss of my hair, let’s take a look back into the many lovely colours it has been over the years. Grow baby grow!!