So many of you who know me, know that I am known to have thick takes 2 hours to comb through hair. I started getting perms at the age of 8 when my mother got tired of me wincing every time she went by my ear with the hot comb and threw it across the kitchen. Miss you ma. When I had perms my hair was still always thick and full and had length. Like many of us I came to the resolution that I don’t need perms (the creamy crack) anymore and I went natural. As a natural, my hair is thick and takes 3 hours to detangle, condition, etc. etc. I went natural January 2011 I think I chopped off all the perm April 2012 and have been wearing my afro proudly. My hair is so thick that if I don’t braid it up at night it’s like sleeping on a misplaced pillow and will give me pains in my neck. So you can imagine it’s super thick.
Earlier this year in March I was hospitalized for having a Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Bi-Lateral Pulmonary Embolism (PE), Translation = blod clots in my leg and a clot in each lung. I had no idea that I was so sick. I had attributed my shortness of breath to the fact that I was just tired. I was starring in a play that involved me singing and dancing so I figured it was that. Long story short I fell out at work called 911 and found out I had the clots in my body and that I was anemic. Go figure. So naturally the remedy to make the clots smaller and prevent them from coming back is to put me on blood thinners. My Dr. chose Lovenox because it is a 2 time a day 12 hour dose. At the time I was also having heavy lady issues which made the lady issues worse if the thinner was in my system too long, but that’s another story. Lovenox was also less maintenance than Coumadin. I have been on Lovenox since March 2013 and will remain on them until the end of this year.
In June I noticed that my edges were short, that my afro wasn’t as robust and huge as it normally is, and that my twists were thinner than usual. I got braids in July to put the afro away for a while because maybe I just needed to leave my hair alone and stop handling it. I got the braids and noticed just how bad my hair was thinning. The first two rows in the front of my head were really far apart. I know what you are thinking. The braids were probably too tight. No they weren’t, I told the stylist to be very careful and she was very careful.
I haven’t’ done anything different, my hair regimen hasn’t changed. I take very good care of my hair. The only thing that’s changed is the fact that I’m on a medication that I’ve never been on before. Until the DVT and PE I’ve never had to take medication (I’m pretty healthy).
I don’t know about you but I think the Lovenox is making my hair thin. And I CAN NOT be FABULOUS with thinning hair. That’s just a no no! Lovenox doesn’t list hair thinning as a side effect of Lovenox but, the proof is in the pictures! But if it is, we need to make sure Lovenox puts it on the list. Since I noticed the thinning I started taking Biotin and my edges aren’t as bad as below but they are a little better.
Below are pictures of my hair from November 2012 until now.
I’ll also give an update in the new year to show you the differences. If you’ve had this happen to you, I want to hear from you.
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