I’ve always been a positive person, very optimistic and seek to find the best in situations. My husband Roy would quite often call me “unrealistic”, but that was me, always smiling, never wanting to focus on the negative. This was really tested at my third Dermatologist visit.
My hair had only been falling out for three weeks and I was a mess. I guess when you pay to see a specialist, you hope for a ‘magic pill’ to fix everything. I was put on the steroid ‘prednisone’ to try and stop it falling out. At that stage I would have tried anything but after 2 weeks on prednisone (and it’s terrible side effects) and my hair coming out more than ever, I knew this was not the answer.
Listening to the Dermatologist informing me that I might never get my hair back, was life draining and that without prescription drugs, my hair had very little chance of returning. I also asked about changing my diet to see if that would help and was assured that diet played no role in hair loss. This was further backed up by a visit to second Dermatologist.
In the first few months, lot’s of prescription drugs were offered to me to try and trick my body into stopping attack my hair. After I came off the Prednisone, I was put on two different tablets for high cholesterol (yes, you heard right, I didn’t have a cholesterol issue but they can promote hair growth as one of the side effects). I tried this for about a month and then decided that I didn’t want these drugs in my body. I also tried Minoxidyl for two months and ended up with a hairy face (not a good look) and maybe three hairs on my head.
My second Dermatologist tried DCPC, which is a chemical that is applied to the scalp each week. DCPC acts like a decoy, drawing your immune system’s attention away from your hair, allowing your hair to grow again. The chemical produces an allergic reaction , like eczema or dermatitis. Sounds crazy, right. I tried this for about 2 months and when I was told I would need to stay out of the sun, especially during a trip to Bali, I knew this was not for me. Also, DCPC is NOT a cure for alopecia and after stopping it, your hair might all fall out again.
After 6 months of trying various prescription drugs for Alopecia, I came to realise that I was in this for the long haul and needed to balance and correct any deficiencies that my body was facing. That’s when I realised that I didn’t want to rely on a prescription drug for life, scared to go off it, in case I lost whatever hair I had grown in. I needed to have FAITH that I was on the right path without the use of prescription drugs. Some people may have growth with these prescription drugs and they may never have any hair loss again and I’m so happy for them that it worked. I just felt deep inside me, that I needed to do this from the inside out.
Don’t get me wrong, I still looked for the ‘miracle’ drug or potion that would grow my hair back, but I knew that there had to be a way. I had HOPE.
I began by throwing out all those prescription drugs, including all toxic makeup, cleaning products, skin care products etc and replacing it with organic toxic free alternatives. I also added in a good probiotic, zinc, l-glutamine and magnesium. And, yes, after lots of reading, I realised that diet plays a huge role in our body and if I ate the right foods, I might just have a chance to get all my hair back.
“One step at a time… my entire world as I knew it, began changing for the better”.
Love and healing Jo xoxo