On-Going Hair Hell

It has a history.
‘Way back in like December last year, when I was in the hospital, I had all sorts of medications, and when I came home I was on three new drugs at once.
So when MY HAIR STARTED FALLING OUT, there wasn’t a simple answer as to why.

And it spent most of the spring falling out.
It filled up hair brushes.
It clogged the drain of the tub.
It landed all over everywhere, for months.
The backs of chairs, the car, any place I spent time got filled with hair

My guess is that it thinned by about half.
I madly googled, and two of the three things I’m taking can do this.
The third, people on message boards say it does, but the doctors say they’ve never heard of it.
So who knows.
But there are lists of things people take to try to stop it, most of which I can’t have.
Because of, mostly, the warfarin, which is a very fussy medication.
But I can take biotin with it, and have been, and finally the hair stopped falling out.

Which is good, right?

My guess is, it turned around about six months ago.
Because all over my head, I have three inches of regrown hair, about as much of it as of the rest of my hair.
If you think of Ellie Mae Clampett, it’s kind of that effect.
Except for not being bright blonde and intentional.

Anywhere in my hair, if you pull at it a little, you come up with masses of short curly hair.
Which basically means the whole top of my head has weird corners, where the shorter hair makes it lie oddly.
Like permanent, built-in bed hair.

This too shall pass.


15 responses to this post.

  1. As I was reading your post, the tune from the musical “Hair” started to run through my head: “Gimme a head of hair, long beautiful hair….” 🙂

    You could do the scarf/hijab thing if you want to hide the bedhead effect, though I figure the punk look made bed hair chic. I sometimes don’t bother to comb my hair in the mornings because it actually looks better messy than all sleek and brushed back neatly. (It’s also short, so there’s not much there that can get mussed up.)

    Also, living in California, especially in the Bay Area, you have a lot more leeway in appearance. If you were living in Minnesota where people take conventional to a whole new level, it would be harder. Just being not white was considered an oddity. Here on the left coast however, I’ve seen hair in every possible color, short, long, dreadlocked, afro’d, pigtailed (men too), or non-existent shaved bald. It doesn’t seem to matter how you wear it, as long as it’s clean.

    I would think the cats enjoyed playing with the stray strands of hair.


  2. I’ll just put up with it until it grows out.
    It’s just that I realized it’s going to be months and months of being lumpy.


    • I think you exaggerate! I saw no evidence of lumpy hair. 🙂

      It looked wavy, soft, like lambswool. Very attractive, imho.


      • The general high fluff activity masks a lot.
        Yeah, I think it isn’t necessarily noticeable from the outside, but it is a weird experience.
        I’m not used to my scalp feeling really padded.


  3. Come on … go ahead and get that neon green Mohawk you’ve always wanted!

    I was taking a certain medication … I developed bald spots on the back of my head (which no one – including my dear sweet wife – told me about until they were HUGE … “I thought you knew.” She said, because, yeah, I go around looking at the back of my head!) … the info sheet in the meds said alopecia was a possible side effect … the doc told me that wasn’t it … once I quit taking the meds the hair grew back.

    I don’t go to that doctor anymore.


  4. That is so strange, but I am glad it’s coming back. I have the thinnest, finest, stringiest hair ever. I gave up trying to ANYthing with it years ago. I have bangs and I trim the ends but other than that it’s just there. Meh! And as I get older it’s getting thinner. Yay.

    Hair hell. I laughed when I saw that title.

    My cousin’s daughter, aged 26, developed autoimmune alopecia a month ago. She had beautiful long black hair and now is completely bald with no eyebrows. Docs say it’s a 50/50 chance of it growing back. Happily, she is a very confident kid and is dealing with it very well.


  5. Good Luck. TO me this would be maddening. I feel as if I have about 50% of the hair I had when I was 20. Luckily, when I was 20 I had so much hair it would break brushes….


  6. I have guinea pig hair so I feel for your ongoing bedhead. Glad the hair is growing instead of falling now.


  7. The other thing is that it went from me to being Tom.
    I think it was from the intestinal blockage and no food at all for about a month.
    The meds probably aren’t helping either, but it started before them.
    So far, though, it’s the same thing – there is enough fluffiness that it isn’t obvious.


  8. Mine did that, after chemo. Grew back in little tight curls, like fleece. Husband called me Lambsy, which meant I could thump him! Now it is wavier, and thicker, than it used to be, so there’s hope for you.


    • I’m hoping Tom won’t reach that point.
      He’s already pretty much hiding out, but if it goes to being all his hair it will be really hard on him.


  9. Ugh, isn’t that a pain? My hair began thinning a few years ago. I discovered if I took care of my anemia, and (even more so) stopped putting my hair up in a pony tail, it got thicker with time. I had no idea that pulling it back could be so damaging. Apparently it can pull the hair out and make it thin permanently if it’s not corrected.


  10. I hope things keep improving for you, and I also have found that online forums …reading the experiences of others …can be a lot more informative in health matters than official documents from doctors or pharmaceutical companies.


  11. Posted by SingingTuna on December 5, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Oh, wow. So sorry about this. But I’m glad it stopped doing that. The bi-level look has got to be interesting. And having it go extra-fluffy in humidity? Yikes. ((((hugs))))


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