The first sign came a few years ago:
It was a typical, humid Paris day. I caught my reflection in a store window, and did a double-take at my hair. It was frizzy.
My hair, frizzy? WTF?
Even on a warm, rainy day, people had always told me, “You’re so lucky, with that sexy, wavy hair. Why doesn’t it ever get frizzy?”
I’d thank them and say, “Good genes, I guess.”
But in 2015, when I was 49, those good genes gave out on me. And so did my thyroid.
Seemingly overnight, not only was my hair fuzzed with frizz, but, worse, it was significantly thinner. What I could see of my part in the mirror was patchy and pink. When did my part get so wide? And my forehead was getting bigger, revealing pale skin where hair used to be around my temples. Clumps of hair were falling every time I showered, clogging the drain.
Since it looked so pathetic, I started putting my hair in a ponytail, like I’d done in my 20s and 30s.
A coworker remarked, “Your hair’s in a ponytail.” A non-compliment followed by, “I can see your —”
He stopped just short of saying, “I can see your scalp.”
It was such an awful time. I had never felt more unattractive in my life.
To make matters worse, I worked in the fashion business. Looking bad isn’t just a self-confidence issue.
At the same time, I was experiencing other health concerns such as digestive issues, bloating, adrenal fatigue, and streptococcus. I did some detective work and discovered that all of it, hair loss included, linked back to: hypothyroid.
I googled every possible keyword searching for a miracle cure, but I didn’t want hormone replacement therapy and absolutely no drugs.
Desperate times call for desperate measures!
Did I say I wouldn’t try drugs? Out of sheer desperation, I tried minoxidil, which is a female form of rogaine, until I started seeing an increase of facial hair. I was spending more time and money on electrolysis every month removing chin, sideburn, and forehead hair – yes, I said forehead hair – than I was on growing the hair on my head. Obviously, that didn’t last long.
I even went as far as to see a Trichologist paying £800 – twice – to have a little wheel made of pins rolled over my scalp to stimulate dormant hair follicles. The pain was excruciating. Men and women were paying gobs of money to have this done to them. But, as I was told, they couldn’t promise any results.
I kept searching.
An article that had crashed Facebook gave me some hope, until I scrolled down and saw that it recommended “natural” hormone cream, essential oils, and a bunch of other things I wasn’t familiar with or comfortable trying.
Around this time, I changed my diet to raw food.
Within 3 months, my eyelashes were longer, my brows were thicker, and baby hairs were appearing at my hairline near my forehead. A fistful of hair felt thicker in my hand. I thought I might be imagining it, but less hair was falling out in the shower – measurable proof.
Now, almost a year later, my hair is growing in thicker, shinier and looking gorgeous. That’s not just my opinion. The checkout woman at my regular organic shop said, “Wow, you changed your hair, it looks so beautiful.”
No, I didn’t change it, I told her, smiling. I grew it back.
I have so many baby hairs coming in everyday – it just makes me grin from ear to ear.
But the accomplishment I’m most proud of is that I kicked Hypothyroid in the butt and reversed it. I don’t just have my hair back – I have my energy, my sharp mind, my smooth digestion, and my youthful skin and body back, too.
Most “experts” agree this is next to impossible.
I’m here to tell you it’s entirely doable.
Best of all, you can still have that glass of wine or that slice of pizza.
You don’’t have to go “super raw.”
You can get results even if you go part way, but stay consistent. I’ll show you how. Trust me, I go to restaurants with my friends all the time. Sometimes, you just wanna have a steak!
In the before photo my hair is literally breaking off above my ear. You can see my scalp and the receding hairline. Because it no longer had any weight to keep it sleek and full, it started to get frizzy and wavy.
Nine months after starting my healing plan, you can see thicker fuller hair, the scalp has started to fill in, as well as the hairline. I have much more body and movement in my hair now.
Since so many people have asked me, “How’d you do it?” I started this business. If you’d like to know more, you can get started with my Beginner’s Guide to Turning Back Time.