Please indulge my vanity
April 25, 2014 10:54 AM Subscribe
Due to unfortunate medical circumstances I am losing most of my (head not body) hair. I can't decide what to do about it!
posted by elizardbits to Health & Fitness (35 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
[PLZ NOTE: the main medical situation causing the hair loss will be dealt with permanently in about 2 weeks! This is not a medical question about what you think could be causing the hair loss! Nor am I at all interested in hearing about the (extremely ineffective and unpleasant for me personally) "No-Poo" method of haircare! Thank you in advance for avoiding these well-meaning but unnecessary derails!]
BACKGROUND: A combination of iron-deficient anemia and related extreme stress has lead to startling hair loss - full strand loss, not breakage. I luckily have always had extremely thick and glorious hair, so despite the loss of between 1/3 and 1/2 of my total hair volume, I still have full scalp coverage. However, since the loss is so evenly distributed I am concerned that during the eventual regrowth period, I will end up sadly bemulleted or will resemble a startled dandelion. (I am already extremely prone to hairline area wispy baby hairs so there is already a bit of dandelionishness happening at all times.)
ACTUAL QUESTION: What has worked out best in your experience - cutting hair short now, before the regrowth starts? Or taking a wait and see approach and risking terrible summertime mulletness/dandelionness?
I don't think that I will lose enough hair to cause actual bald spots, so I am not really willing to just say FUCKIT and go the full buzzcut route. I have had boycut hair before so it's not a huge big deal for me, I already know it will look okay. Then again, I am a little concerned that if the hair loss does continue for another month or so despite the underlying cause being dealt with, then a short haircut will make that loss more apparent.