Having always had a head full of very thick full hair (which I write about probably all to often), I kind of took it for granted. Hair loss was, in my mind, something that happened to men as they got older, and was something that would never effect me. So when, nearly 3 years ago I found a 10p piece size bald spot while washing my hair, I was pretty deeply distressed. I obsessed over this very minor hair loss as much as the very stressful situation I was going through at the time.
A rare photo from my year of hair loss
Looking back I remember those feelings so vividly, almost more than the terrible life issues that I was going through at the time. It was as if my hair loss was a physical manifestation of the deep sorrow I felt, despite meeting the love of my life.
In hindsight I should have sought help. Spiritual help, to deal with the turmoil in my life and medical help to deal with the hair loss. Trichology is something I had vaguely heard about on shampoo adverts, but it is so much more than just wash and go. Shuna Hammocks has worked at the world renowned Kingsley Institute in London, and in 2011 she opened Sussex Trichology. Understanding and treating the causes of hair loss are what trichology is all about, and Shuna aims to spread the message that we needn’t live with hair loss. With the aid of her assistant, she is able to treat hair loss, scalp problems and out of condition hair. Having worked in the industry for over 14 years, and like myself being a working Mum to two children, she knows just how upsetting it can be to feel powerless to control something which has become synonymous with ones identity.
My hair has since grown back and is as thick, frizzy and out of control as ever, but I won’t ever take it for granted again, and if I were to experience hair loss again in the future, I would not hesitate to get help from a professional.