I Am Scared
My hair before
Hello Sheree, this is going to be a long one. My name is Nasya and I am 24. I teach English in South Korea, and until 3 weeks ago I had beautiful thick, long (when stretched haha) curly hair.
I went home on a visit to my family in America in late March, and I went to a salon to get my hair straightened. When I returned to Korea, my hair starting falling out in fist-full chunks all over my head in the shower. My hairline is okay, but the back of my head is very thin now and the nape hair line is receding.
I was so alarmed, I saw three dermatologists, got acupuncture and even skyped my dermatologist from home. Because let's be honest, black skin and hair is veeerrry different from Korean skin and hair.
All of them told me it was due to stress. I believe that, because living in Korea is very stressful for any foreigner, but especially stressful for black foreigners.
I became very depressed and frantic because I was also diagnosed with androgenetic alopecia when I was 22. I have been taking Rogaine and the hair that I lost previously grew back. Even new hairs grew in on my hairline.
In my frantic searching for answers I came upon this site. I have been doing the diet for two weeks now, and this is my regimen:
I start school around 2:30 p.m., so I have my first meal around 2:00.
1 salad including:
red and green bell peppers
salmon or tuna
and 1 egg.
Snack: peanuts, soy milk, or almond milk.
Meal 2 - the same as meal 1 since I now pack lunch.
dinner: Swiss chard or spinach, veggie tuna soup including potatoes, scallions, baby tomatoes and carrots.
1 10,000 mg biotion
1 women's multivitamin,
2 vitamin D pills weekly (I have a deficiency)
And starting today Hasuo (the Korean name for fo-ti pills)
On the weekends I have some trouble because I go into the city for dance class and hang out with friends. Last Sunday was Easter, and after volunteering, someone gave me candy and I totally devoured it and drank a soda. It was my first time falling completely off the wagon.
I am scared because I don't want to go bald in Korea. There are no bald people here and I don't want to be the first bald woman.
Since starting this diet my hair loss has stopped, though I still shed when I wash my hair once a week. But it's back to the regular amount I would lose.
I am also scared because my hair texture changed and is limp now. I really appreciate this website and all that you have done, watching others' journeys is amazing, and I hope that mine will produce similar results.
I Am Scared Part 2
Hi Sheree, it's me, Nasya. I wish I were here to share good news but I'm not. I stuck with the diet for a little over 2 months and then I completely fell off.
I am leaving South Korea for good in a week, but I am sad to say my hair continued to fall out, and now it is noticeable, It has also changed textures, and I don't feel comfortable doing certain styles anymore because my hair line is receding.
I look back at old pictures, even the ones I posted to this website when I started the diet, and I cry. The diet became extremely difficult to continue here. It's not like in America, where I can have fruits and vegetables at my convenience for low prices all year long. It is expensive here. And once something is out of season, it is gone until the next year.
While I have been avoiding breads, I have fallen into sugar cravings, eating popsicles and ice cream frequently. I know it's my own doing, but now I fear my hair will never grow back.
For anyone who wants to succumb to temptation, please read this as a cautionary tale. I am scared and anxious and when I come home I will be signing up for coaching as soon as I set up a bank account. I really need emotional support.
Every time I look at my hair, I feel a dull pang of anxiety in my chest. There are more important things to worry about than my hair, but it consumes me.
What makes it worse is I have had the habit of pulling it out since I was 14. Then it didn't matter because my hair was as thick as a wig, but now, every strand counts, but its something I unconsciously do when I feel anxious which is close to all the time now, due to the stress of migrating back to America. Please help, I really just need support and some kind words.