Hair Update: Anemia & Hair Loss

Ciao Bellas,

Disclaimer: I am NOT a doctor, I'm just telling y'all about my experience with anemia, how it's affected my body, and what I'm doing to recover from my setback. Please consult your doctor before trying any supplements or vitamins. 

I've done a couple of posts about how I've been struggling with hair loss (especially my edges), and after talking with my doctor I finally found out what was behind it: Anemia. I struggled with anemia on and off during my teen years, and I was pretty much told to take a multivitamin that had iron in it for a little while to get it under control. Once my previous doctor saw a difference in my blood work, I was told that I didn't need to keep taking the vitamins so I stopped...and I thought I was cool. Well apparently it hadn't been under control for the past year or so, which is why I've experienced so much hair loss.

After getting blood work done, my newer doctor informed me that my hemoglobin levels haven't been this low in years (which means my body and organs weren't getting enough oxygen)...and that's most likely the reason that I'd been feeling exhausted all the time (I could sleep for 7 hours, and STILL feel exhausted all day), and lost a lot of hair. I wouldn't wish this on anybody, but I did find some comfort in knowing that I'm not so alone in this struggle. SistaWithRealHair on YouTube recently did a video series on her struggle with hair loss due to anemia (She lost nowhere near as much as I did, but it was comforting to know that this hasn't only happened to me), and she provided a lot of educational info in her vids.

This has been something that's really hard to deal with, but I'm working on making a  comeback. It's been especially hard since it took me about 2 years to grow my hair out to the longest that it'd ever been (I always had short hair as a kid, so I was really happy to finally grow it out), only to wind up in this situation. Besides taking a iron supplement daily (and now knowing that I need to take it whenever it's close to being that time of month, apparently not doing this is a big part of the reason how my hemoglobin levels dropped so low over time), and taking the Manetabolism hair vitamins that I did a blog post about....I'm making a big change by transitioning to natural. My doctor informed me that since I've lost so much hair, it's not a good idea for me to keep getting relaxers because my hair and scalp need a chance to get it together (and I'd been getting relaxers this whole time, which wasn't helping the issue. I actually noticed that after I'd get relaxers, some of my hair in the back would literally come off in my hand. Continuing to relax once I noticed the hair loss, is one of my biggest regrets. Well that, and not getting my blood work done on a more regular basis). I'd thought about going natural once in awhile, but I'd never really seriously considered going through with it until now. I just kinda toyed with the idea, but never really seriously committed to it. I'm 3 months post relaxer (I used to relax every 3 months, so now I'm learning how to just work with my texture), and I don't plan on doing a big chop anytime soon. My plan is to transition, and cut my relaxed ends off either in the summertime...or when I'm a year post relaxer. However this might all go out the window if it becomes to hard to tango with my relaxed hair, texlaxed hair (from my last touch up), and natural texture lol. Were there probably some other things that contributed to my situation? Yeah, most likely (lots of tight buns, sew ins), however relaxing my hair ain't helping. I'm not against relaxers, it's just no longer a good idea for me and my hair.

My sister has decided to transition to natural as well (which she's wanted to do for awhile), so I won't be going it alone. I also have lots of fly, fierce, and fabulous natural curlfriends that are being super supportive during my hair journey. To be completely honest, it's a little intimidating because I haven't really seen my natural texture since I was like 5 or 6...but I'm committed to learning my hair's love language. Right now I'm really focusing on keeping my hands out of my hair (so I've been wearing some fly wigs), keeping it moisturized (Naptural85's whipped shea butter recipe is working WONDERS for sealing my hair), being consistent (Iron & Manetabolism daily, JBCO scalp massages), being patient, and trying to incorporate iron rich foods into my diet.

When I'm comfortable with the progress that I made, I'll post pics. In the meantime I'll be sharing info on the wigs I'm rocking, and products or techniques my hair is positively responding to.

Stylishly Yours,
Resa Seyi

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