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Fab Hair Trick for the Holidays

 

This is most definitely the time of year you want full shiny hair, am I right ladies/fellas?  So today’s post is just about how to do that. 

Dandruff seems to plague many this time of year, including me.  Luckily, a few years ago I found that rinsing hair and scalp with apple cider vinegar completely got rid of that problem.  Why?  Apparently they say dandruff is actually caused by yeast overgrowth (VERY common in diabetics since sugar feeds yeast) and the apple cider vinegar is a perfect remedy for this.  Not to mention it clears hair of all residue, leaving it full of body and full of shine. 

I know this seems like a goofy post but, you know what?  It works.  And it’s cheap, easy, there are no chemicals, and can be done just once every two weeks. 

While showering, take a cup of apple cider vinegar and carefully (eyes closed!) pour it over your scalp and hair.  I pour it into my hand first to distribute all over my head.  Then I massage my scalp and do everything else I gotta do in the shower.  Then I just shampoo as usual, using a little more shampoo than normal.  Do wash hair thoroughly now because the smell will linger a bit in your hair.  This brings me to my next point: be sure to do this now and not Christmas morning!  I usually do it a few days before a Holiday or event and then with the next shower or two my hair will still look great but, not smell of vinegar.  If it does, just spray some perfume/cologne in your hair. 

Bye bye dandruff and limp locks!

Caution: seriously, don’t get vinegar in eyes, lots of stinging will occur.

Diabetes and Hair Loss (My Story)

Courtesy of Graeme Weatherston
Courtesy of Graeme Weatherston

 

You’ve probably heard that diabetes can be related to hair loss.  Maybe you’ve experienced it.  I have.  Here is my story:

I had out of control blood sugars for about a decade.  During this time I was mostly a teenager and remember not knowing that out of control blood sugars could cause things like hair loss.  I wonder if knowing would have given me a kick in the pants to get my blood sugars down. 

Anyways I noticed how my hair was everywhere!  I mean I would vacuum my room and my parent’s really expensive vacuum would choke up and need to be liberated of my hair before I could continue with the other half of my room.  I felt all the hair loss was simply a nuisance.  I didn’t notice my hair thinning however, until I was about 18.  No one else noticed because luckily I started out with a lot of hair (Thank God).  Yet, I noticed.  Everyone told me I was silly or paranoid because “You have gorgeous hair” they would say.  I would sigh and think that maybe they were right.

Yet, with each new year I would notice more and more hair thinning.  When I took out a ponytail I’d have about 30 strands dragged out along with my ponytail holder.  I knew I wasn’t making things up, I was losing hair.

Over the last few years my blood sugars have improved dramatically and luckily I’ve noticed I don’t lose much hair anymore.  I think I lose the normal and healthy amount now.  Yet, the damage has been done.  I decidedly have less hair than before.  I manage to mask it pretty well by having a pretty good understanding of how to style hair.  (I’ve always been a serious student of fashion magazines and their tips on hair.) 

I gently comb wet hair, I use thickening creme, and I blow dry with a large round boar bristle brush.  I finish with velcro rollers and then a flat iron or curling iron and a good amount of hairspray.  I also add some talc to the roots to help give more body and then fluff it up.  This painstaking process works pretty well.  I just can’t help but feel angry many days because I like my wavy hair and wish I could just let it air dry into it’s au naturale form.  I can’t though, because it will be evident that there is too much scalp showing. 

If this sounds at all like you I truly want you to realize there is hope.  Getting your blood sugar levels to the right place will help unless your problem is derived from another source or is genetically linked.  I do know how bad you feel.  I’ve cried a lot over my hair which feels stupid and yet you know what?  It’s not.  It just so happens my hair was my favorite physical trait.  And our society values hair.  It is also a sign of health and virility.  No one wants to have high blood sugars and on top of that show physical signs of unstable health.  I think this is what has hurt me the most.  I wonder if people think I look unhealthy or older than I am because of this.  Well, I hide it pretty well as I’ve explained.  I just wish I could hide it from myself.  Ignorance in this case would really be bliss.

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