I wanted to share with you my personal hair loss story. We each have our own, unique journey and I think it's SO important to share mine, so you can see that you're not alone in this. So here goes...
Growing up, I had very thick hair. I’m talking hair so thick a whaole team of hairdressers had to blow dry my hair when I went to the stylist. I didn’t think much about my hair growing up, it wasn’t something I paid much attention to.
Then one day, when I waas just 19, I went to blow dry my hair. I gathered all my hair together and thought something feels different. My hair was SO much thinner. Sure, I noticed strands of hair fall out in the shower or when I brushed it, but when you have thick hair, that’s normal. But how did I not notice that half of my hair had packed up and left? I remember running to my mum to show her. She gave me one look, like she knew this was coming, and said the words ‘androgenic alopecia’.
For the next several years, those words held so much power over me. Androgenic alopecia is a genetic condition which causes thinning hair. It can affect women of any age, but usually it starts in your twenties. Your twenties?! I mean, that’s supposed to be the time of your life, not a care in the world, the least of your problems should be hair loss, right? All my friends were going out, having fun, and I was boarded up in my bedroom researching ‘celebrities with hair loss’. I felt I couldn’t tell any of my friends about my hair loss. I felt so alone. I felt like I had lost a part of myself.
I started wearing hair extensions, but it wasn’t long until my hair was so thin that I could no longer cover the wefts. I then had no choice but to move on to more medical ‘solutions’. I tried everything, you name it, I’ve tried it. Hair growth supplements, laser hair regrowth cap, injections in my scalp, minoxidil, the list goes on! There wasn’t much information out there on hair loss solutions, so I started to resign to the fact that thin hair was going to be my fate.
During one of my manic hair loss research sessions, I found an ad for something called ‘hair toppers’. I was skeptical at first. Is this actually going to look realistic? I was so hopeless at this point I was prepared to try anything. So, I made an appointment at my local wig shop and tried on my first topper.
Everything changed in that moment. I was amazed at how easy this solution was. I just clip in my topper each morning and no longer have thin hair? MAGIC! Unlike the so-called ‘miracle cures’ I was sold in the past, this product delivered what it promised. Finding toppers also led me to finding an amazing hair loss community. I was in awe. A whole community of women just like me. Up until then I was convinced that I was the only 20-something in the world with hair loss. Suddenly, I had friends in every continent who I could open up to about my struggles. I started going out with my friends again. Doing all the normal things you should be able to do in your twenties. Toppers, and the hair loss community, changed the way I perceived the diagnosis of ‘androgenic alopecia’. Those two words seem a lot less powerful now.
All this led to me starting Lusta Hair. Hair toppers were my secret super power and I knew I had to be part of this solution in a big way. I wanted to scream from the rooftops and tell every woman with hair loss that there is hope. Through Lusta, not only am I able to have the best hair of my LIFE, but I also get to be part of such an incredible community of women.
So that’s it! That’s my story. Hair loss used to be something that made me feel powerless. Now? Now I’m more confident than ever. I’d love to hear your hair loss story too, click the link below to reach out to me. I know what it’s like to feel as though you have no one to talk to. I’m always here to listen!
Love, Kimberly xx