Joyce explains how hair loss is impacting her emotional health.
The emotional side of this of course you have to come to grips with. I have not been terribly emotional about it at all because it’s not been a really massive amount of hair loss.
Although I recognize I need to get to the bottom of what might be causing this because I don’t want it to get worse. That would be very emotional to me.
I think women in particular we are so much of what we look like and what we project to the world. I suppose that’s probably true for men as well, but I know it’s very true for me as a woman.
So, having my hair look and feel and act and behave and be different would be difficult to grasp.
I had a couple of friends, one who is just a family friend, dear friend – another who is a friend, but also my hairdresser, both comment to me within the space of about two or three weeks that to them it looked like my hair was getting thinner and they could see either new hair growing in, short little hairs right along here and in the crown of my head, or broken hair.
My emotion at first was, “Hmm, that’s strange,” and I really didn’t get too upset about it, but then I began to realize as I looked at my hair brush and as I looked at the hair at the bottom of the shower and as I noticed the hair in my hand as I would be putting product in it, they are absolutely right.
And that’s when I began to get a little concerned and I decided I had to figure it out, well I had to reflect first of all, when did this start, what might be causing it, was it just a matter of age? I don’t think so. I am not going to admit to myself I am getting older even though I am.
I wasn’t really, and I am still not terribly upset about it but I know I need to get to the bottom of it and figure out what can I do to help prevent any further deterioration.