Friday, February 24, 2012

Hair Club for Women

So it started to hair is falling out. Yikes. I mean handfuls at a time in the shower, brushing my hair etc etc. I have always been a shedder about this time of year but seriously folks this is bad. I went to my Band doc and she said this is actually quite normal and the good news is she doesn't have one bald patient. Thats encouraging... anyhoos she told me to look it up, so here is the official scoop:

Telogen Effluvium

Telogen effluvium is a phenomenon that occurs after pregnancy, major surgery, drastic weight loss, or extreme stress, in which you shed large amounts of hair every day, usually when shampooing, styling, or brushing. It can also be a side effect of certain medications, such as antidepressants, beta-blockers, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. During telogen effluvium, hair shifts faster than normal from its growing phase into the "resting" phase before moving quickly into the shedding, or telogen, phase.

The symptoms: Women with telogen effluvium typically notice hair loss 6 weeks to 3 months after a stressful event. At its peak, you may lose handfuls of hair.

She told me that many people go out and get the Costco Vitamins specifically for Hair, Nails and Skin and that is exactly what I did pronto. I will keep you posted on the progress. On a good note I weighed in at 182.6 today which was a loss from a plateau I was experiencing. I also bought a tankini today (maybe I will get the guts to take a photo, maybe not). I got a pretty agressive fill this week of 0.4cc and boy do I feel by band workin it! Hope all you lovelies have a splendid weekend. take care. sincerely, the balding bandster!


  1. I started taking Biotin months before my surgery as instructed by my surgeon and I never experienced extreme hair loss mine was minimal.

    I still take Biotin today nearly 5 years later.

    It is in the vitamin section.

    Hope this helps you.

  2. I hope the vitamins help. And yes, keep us posted.

    And congrats on the tankini....I cringed when I saw them putting out swimsuits last week in the stores. lol

  3. Yikes! Hope the vitamins will work for ya. I lost my hair for about the first 3-4 months post op then I really upped the protein and it seemed to help. Good luck

  4. awww...that stinks! one of the bandsters that I follow (her name is May), is dealing with the same issue.

  5. Yeah, the hair loss stage is not fun. There was a time when I felt like it would never stop and I would go bald. It stopped and I still have a full head of hair, so don't worry :o)

  6. Oh man...I hear this happens to some...I just started taking the biotin in hopes that I don't lose it!

  7. I just got over this stage. Welcome to the club! My only advice would be when your hair is wet, use a comb, not a brush... hair is very brittle when wet and that'll just make it worse to rake a brush through it.

    1. Thanks Ronnie for the advice, I will try that.

    2. Thanks Ronnie for the advice, I will try that.