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Anxiety, Hair Loss & Life

How about that title for a blog post?

First of all, I can’t believe I haven’t posted since Christmas!!  Please forgive me!

I wanted to jump on here real quick to update you on how life has been going and what I’ve been up to, as well as my plans for this little blog here.. first of all, is anyone still here??

I also wanted to share what I’ve been going through in hopes it will help someone else out there.

Let’s start with.. ANXIETY..

Well, as much as I’d like to shout from the rooftops that I’ve been healed and everything is grand again, that just isn’t the case.  I have good days, where I feel like I’m 100% better, and then bad days, where the anxiety creeps back in.  So, I’m really just trying to figure out what is causing it and what my triggers are.  I know stress is my biggest one, but living a stress-free life just isn’t going to happen unless I move into a bubble.  Tempting, but not gonna happen.

So, that leads me to HAIR LOSS..

In an effort to heal myself from the anxiety, back in January I decided to go grain-free and dairy-free.  I honestly was feeling pretty wonderful for quite a while.  Then, at the beginning of March, my hair started falling out.  Like, while blow drying, I think I’d lose about 20 hairs or more (yes, I counted).  Besides the hair loss though, I was still feeling pretty good.

Then, one day I noticed that the top, center part of my scalp was starting to look almost bald.  That pretty much freaked me out and each time I showered and blow dried my hair, more would fall.  I could feel myself slipping into a depression because of it.  I don’t know what it is about hair, but when you start to lose your hair, it totally changes how you feel about yourself.  My ponytail went from being somewhat thick, to super thin.  I could no longer put my hair up in a bun on the top of my head because it just made me look like Pebbles from the Flinstones. (Not a good look for me by the way!)

It was just scary!

I even got to a point where I started to dread brushing my hair, washing it, and blow drying it because I was scared even more would come out!  And.. I was terrified to color my hair!!  So, here I was, a growing bald spot at the front of my head, super thin and lifeless hair, AND then dark roots!

Here is my BEFORE hair loss..

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..And here is my breaking point with hair loss..

 

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And to make matters worse, I had started selling LipSense and had to share pics of myself wearing different lip colors.  This was one of the last pics I took before I decided something needed to change!  I just couldn’t tease my hair enough to make it look like I had a full head of hair.

So, the researcher in me jumped on the internet and began researching why my hair was falling out and what I could do about it.  Let me tell you.. NEVER a good idea!!  As always, by the time I was done researching I was convinced I had a thyroid problem, was in early menopause, had digestive issues, was vitamin deficient.. the list goes on and on.  If you are a worrier like me, just don’t research!  I’m convinced I have anxiety because it’s so easy to research things now a days!

Around that time, a past kindergartener and flower girl in my wedding, now in her 20’s and married (yes, I feel old!), started sharing on Facebook about Monat and how it is changing people’s hair and helping with hair loss.  I had already researched several different hair loss shampoos and systems, but was hesitant to try them due to all of the chemicals in them.  What struck me about Monat was that it didn’t contain parabens, sulfates, DEA/MEA, phthalates, PEG, harsh salts, silicones, or harmful colors and fragrances.  For someone trying to heal her body, this was so important to me.  So, I decided to give it a try.

The first week, I noticed a little less hair loss, but not much.  I had even made up my mind to not purchase it again after it ran out.  But, things changed by week two!  I went from losing 20+ hairs after washing, to maybe losing 2-3.  That was HUGE for me!  AND, I could see little hairs growing in!!  On top of that, my split ends were disappearing!

After about a month on it, I decided I could attempt to color my hair again.  Success!!

Another thing that changed for me was that I’ve always needed to use a purple based shampoo on my color treated hair in order to keep the brassiness out, and now I don’t have to!  (The pic below isn’t mine, but it totally could be!  This is EXACTLY how my hair changed!!)

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So, my reason for sharing this part of my story is that it really played a huge part in my life for about 5 months.  And, you know how when you eat something really good, or attend a really neat church, or find a really great product and you want everyone to try it because it’s that good?  Well, that’s how I feel about Monat!  I just want everyone to experience healthy hair like I have!  So, if you are interested, let me know and I’d be happy to help you!  My website, if you are interested, can be found HERE.  Or, you can comment below and I’ll get in touch with you.

And.. why did my hair fall out?  I recently read that when people first go dairy-free and grain-free that they don’t take in enough calories and their hair begins to fall out due to the stress you are putting your body under.  Sooo.. that could be the case.

Or, I have thyroid issue, am premenopausal, vitamin deficient, etc… 🙄

In other news.. I’m back to painting and selling furniture!!

Here are some of my recent pieces…

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Desk painted in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the color Charcoal.

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Dresser painted in Rustoleum Chalked Paint in White Linen.

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Buffet/Dresser painted in Rustoleum Chalked Paint in White Linen.  Top is stained with Minwax Dark Walnut.

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And finally, this little desk was painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the color Paris Gray.

So, I’ve been a little busy!

My plan is to go back to blogging and sharing my before and after furniture pics with you all again.  I do share a lot more over on my Instagram page, so if you are 0n Instagram, be sure to follow me there.  Click HERE to follow now!

I’d love to know what you’d like to hear more about!  Comment below!

 

Claire

My name is Claire and I am behind the blog... The Rustic Pig. I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and I just might be addicted to Craigslist. I love to buy antiques, paint them, and give them a chance to be loved again! Please feel free to pull up a chair and stay for a while. If you ask a question or leave a comment, I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible!

      

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Texas gal, wife, mother to 2 boys, author behind the blog The Rustic Pig, business owner, antique lover, and Christ follower!
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