So I call this post "Lupus LOCKdown: Let no strand fall behind."
(I know, I know - that corny sense of humor of mine keeps you guys coming back post after post.) As promised, here are my go-to's when my hair is falling out:
1) Wash your hair as few times a week as possible. (If there's not much there, it's not getting that dirty, right?) When you do wash or condition...just pat on and gently wash out. A light, gingerly touch is key here. And go easy on the hair towel. Just pat dry...and let those stringy strands air dry on their own. At least they'll stay in that way!
2) Put your hair up, anyway you can, so that you don't see the thinning wisps that remain every time you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror.
3) Accessorize. Add earrings, necklaces, scarves and the like, anything that draws attention (yours and others!) to something other than your hair.
4) Add a hat to your look. There was a time when I didn't go anywhere without a hat on. It just covers up everything you need to cover up. And I'm not talking about a baseball cap day in and day out. Think cute, little numbers that add a bit of pizazz to your outfit.
5) Go short. Just cut it off, and start from scratch, and then watch your face light up from the fresh new start you've given yourself. (Note - I've done a complete overhaul of my hair only one time, and a semi-overhaul one other time. In the case of my three other hair loss episodes, the degree of hair loss didn't warrant a short new 'do. So use a bit of caution before you snip. Perhaps consult a good friend before cutting. If the loss really isn't that bad...you may just need to wait it out.)
6) Consult a dermatologist. (I waited too long on this one. Feel free to learn from my mistakes, and just make the appointment. If anything can be done, seize the opportunity!)
7) Consider getting a wig, or a hair piece. Whatever gives you coverage, and makes you feel good about yourself...I say do it!
Any other tips? Feel free to share in the comments or via email. I'd love to hear from you!