I hate using the word ‘journey’ when referring to this…
One thing that seems inevitable no matter what kind of bariatric surgery you have is hair loss. The amount of hair loss and how long it goes on for seems to be different for us all but for me it was one of the most nerve wracking parts of the whole process.
It wasn’t until about three months after my gastric bypass that I started to notice that my hair was falling out at a rate like I had never seen before in my life. At it’s worst I would get what would look like a weeks worth of hair collected in my hairbrush after one brush and when this was happening day after day, week after week I started to worry.
My hair was something I really liked about myself prior to surgery because it was long, thick and I had a lot of hair. There wasn’t much that I liked more about myself than my hair so to lose so much of it so quickly was very hard.
When you are in the rapid weight loss phase after surgery it seems somewhere between 3-6 months after you will have a period of rapid hair loss. Your body is changing so quicklay and your hormones are doing funny things so to be honest there is not much you can do to stop or prevent it. This needs to be an expected part of the process. Making sure you keep your protein up does seem to make it not as bad though so make sure you do.
While my hair loss slowed back down to normal rates my hair still hasn’t recovered and to be honest I’m not sure that it ever will. My ponytail is half as thick as it was and I even had someone ask me after looking at one of my wedding photos if I had hair extensions in for my wedding day. I didn’t have extensions on my wedding day that was all my own beautiful overabundance of hair. You may have noticed if you follow my Instagram account (Link in the top right-hand corner) my hair is almost always up in a bun these days and it’s because my hair is nothing like it was.
Hair loss is extremely common in this process but be reassured at some point it will stop falling out like crazy and you won’t go bald. I seriously thought I was going to for about a month there. Now that the hair loss has slowed down the condition of my hair is not what it was either. This may have something to do with the fact that I now colour it on a semi regular basis (so many grey hairs) but I don’t think that’s all it can be attributed to.
I’m still trying to get it back in good condition but I think I’m fighting a losing battle. That said if you know of any amazing hair products I should try out please comment below and let me know! Until I saw the picture at the top I had forgotten how nice my hair was and of course I did not appreciate it while I had it.
Did you lose hair after surgery? Did it eventually slow down, has it recovered to what it used to be? Comment below I’d love to hear about your experience.