Hair loss, for any reason, can be a scary thing. Body-positive Instagrammer Milly Smith (follow her at @selfloveclubb) fully understands that, which is why she shared her hair loss story on social media.
“This post is damn hard for me to do,” Smith wrote on Instagram. “This is something I don’t talk about at all and something I’ve been ashamed of for so very long.” Smith explained that she’d lost her hair several years ago after switching to a new medication. She felt embarrassed at the time, and she kept her hair loss a secret from those around her. “Watching my hair fall out in handfuls after taking a new medication left me devastated,” she said. “The hair still hasn’t grown back and might not ever…I’ve hidden it for years, styled my hair in ways to hide it, and been forever conscious of it.”
Though the experience was initially really upsetting for Smith, she’s grown more comfortable with her reality over time. “Hair/no hair/hair loss doesn’t and won’t control my happiness,” she wrote. “It doesn’t make me any less worthy of love. It doesn’t make me any less beautiful. It doesn’t make me any less deserving of happiness.” She then gave a shoutout to those of her followers who’ve lost their hair or are currently losing it. “You’re f*cking beautiful and not alone,” she said. “Don’t be ashamed of who you are.”
Quick reminder: It’s normal to shed around 100 strands of hair per day. If you’re losing more than that, there are plenty of potential reasons why. Pregnancy, medication, intense stress, or even wearing too-tight hairstyles often enough to cause traction alopecia are all common causes of hair loss. Many hair loss conditions are treatable, and you can visit a dermatologist or primary care provider with any questions you have. The truth is, hair loss isn’t that rare. Like Smith said, you’re not alone. And though it can be shocking—or even scary—it’s nothing to be ashamed of.
This post is damn hard for me to do, this is something I don’t talk about at all and something I’ve been ashamed of for so very long. 〰 Hair loss is scary and watching my hair fall out in handfuls after taking a new medication left me devastated; the hair still hasn’t grown back and might not ever. 〰 I’ve hidden it for years, styled my hair in ways to hide it and been forever conscious of it. 〰 After watching @dothehotpants Story in which she mentioned a few ladies with hair loss who are living their beautiful lives; it made me realise that hair/no hair /hair loss doesn’t and won’t control my happiness. 💜It doesn’t make me any less worthy of love. 💜It doesn’t make me any less beautiful. 💜It doesn’t make me any less deserving of happiness. 〰 So here’s to all my lovelies out there who are losing/have lost hair. YOURE FUCKING BEAUTIFUL and NOT ALONE. 〰 Don’t be ashamed of who you are, you’re unique and damn bad ass.#mybadassbody