As I went through the dreaded deletion of photos on my phone this week (gosh, I really should have bought more storage!!), I came across some snaps of my hair that I took in the summer of last year. I photographed most of these myself so that I could get a better look at the back of my head rather than to document my progress, but as I look back I’m in awe of how far I’ve come and just how quickly the body can repair itself. Many of you ask me what to expect and what ‘normal’ hair growth looks like so I figured I should share these photos with you and answer a few of those FAQs!
Among the many questions I receive with regard to Alopecia Areata is the popular “what shampoo do you use?” It’s a fair question; we have been trained by the medical and beauty industries to treat dermatological problems with topical creams, lotions and potions. It’s a fairly new (yet ancient) concept that we can treat such conditions from the inside out. Most of you have heard me tell the story time and time again that quite simply, I changed my diet. But I’m not writing this post to tell you more about the Autoimmune Protocol – you already know, and if you don’t, then I urge you to read my earlier blog post that outlines what to and what not to eat in order to heal.
I want to focus here on how I care for my hair. I know that on youtube there are some seriously annoying trolls who like to dump false claims about magical shampoos and lotions in my comments section – products such as ‘Argan Rain’ to treat AA. Let me be clear, I delete every single one of these comments because they are selling total bullshit that preys on the emotions of vulnerable sufferers of AA. They’re charging something like $100 for that crap!! IT DOES NOT WORK. It’s just another nasty money-making scheme.
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Allow me to say a HUGE thank you to all of you that have been following my youtube channel and the blog right here. I am amazed by the number of you that are interested to hear more from me about how I am managing two autoimmune diseases.
In response to this I have put together a short video to tell you about a crowd funding initiative I have begun…
***** Please note that JustGiving has now closed but you can still donate via PayPal if you wish to*****
This is me right now. I’ve turned into Agnes. If you don’t get the reference you just have to watch this little clip of her in the film Despicable Me – her quote is adorable!
I’m referring to my hair of course… those ghastly bald patches have disappeared and my hair is growing back incredibly well. I am so so pleased and I just want to share this update with you in my latest video below. Read More »
Losing your hair is bad enough, but watching it regrow and fall out time and time again is a whole new level of torture. It takes some serious endurance, patience and strength to live with Alopecia Areata but it doesn’t have to be a prison sentence.
What have I learned? Let go and get on with life. Stop thinking as if you’re sitting on death row, waiting for the whole lot to fall out. Those thoughts will surely seal your fate.
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