Hi everyone, If you have read my previous posts I have already talked about my hair loss and shared some photos. I have had a look through the forums and seen I am not the first to experience extensive hairloss post embolisation. However I also see no one has shared photos of their hair progress.
I have found it difficult with no reference to look at and not knowing what to expect. Unlike chemotherapy hair loss, I lost more or less half of my hair in an odd shape rather than all of it. I want to share my photos in order of date for others to use as a referance who go through the same thing - you are not alone! I will continue to update this post with new progress photos!
I had a 7.5 hour embolisation procedure to treat my left occipital lobe AVM during which I suffered a stroke on 26/01/18. As they monitored the stroke they used alot of contast dye and xray scans causing the extreme hair loss.
9/02/18 - about two weeks following my embolisation I started noticing my hair falling in clumps
12/02/18 I decided to bite the bullet and go to the salon
01/03/18 - just over 7 weeks after my embolisation I finally stopped shedding hair and lost all that was going to fall
I decided to embrace my baldness and shave the rest of my hair off
15/03/18 - I realised it isnt so simple keeping a bald head style when you have a patch of thick hair with the rest bald… I wasn’t a fan of the triangle shape. Luckily I was offered a free wig by the little princess trust!
With my new wig and the wonderful stylist at Trendco, London who fitted it for me!
02/05/18 - finally 4 months post embo I finally started seeing some hairs sprouting!
09/05/18 - I finally grew enough confidence to post my first new photo on facebook since my embo. I wanted to show I finally feel good with and without a wig now and I’m not ashamed!
I was starting to feel good enough in myself to dress up again
24/05/18 this is my hair today, and although it isn’t perfectly even or thick - I am incredibly happy with my progress!
11/08/18 - A long overdue but very happy update. I now have a full head of hair. It has grown out two differant textures, my left “new hair” side is looking curly and the right “natural/original hair side” is straight as it is too short for the waves to come out. I honestly am not bothered about differant textures. I am more confident than I have been in a long time and I don’t think I will have the attitude of complaining about a “bad hair day” ever again!
For anyone else who has experienced hairloss please feel free to post on here and ofcourse ask me any questions
Love to all,