For those of you that have followed our family for a while, you know that our daughter Addie has multiple health issues. Ever since Addie was a baby we always dealt with cradle cap and I tried all kinds of products to help keep it at bay. Over time, her hair actually started coming out at the follicle and the hair wouldn’t grow back. We searched for answers at a dermatologist who told us Addie had scarring alopecia. I was devastated.
Unfortunately Addie’s dermatologist wasn’t very helpful in assisting us and we were told the only thing that could possibly help her was Methotrexate- a chemotherapy medication. Floored, saddened, and feeling like a failure, I left that office wondering what I could do for Addie.
I remember sharing the news on our social media and people came out of the woodworks with their miracle products and shampoos they were trying to sell me that would “grow her hair back.” Sadly, with scarring alopecia, you can’t grow hair back because there aren’t hair follicles left to actually grow hair. It was a really hard time and I vowed that if I couldn’t save the hair that was lost, I could at least do my best to protect her scalp and preserve the beautiful hair she still had left.
I wanted to share some of the things we’ve been doing that I have truly seen help Addie’s scalp and hair from more loss. We’ve been doing many of these things for a long time and they work so well to keep her scalp happy. What we’ve noticed most is that when her scalp is happy it’s not inflammed, and therefore leads to less irritation, less build up on the scalp and hair, which means less hair loss.
Ways we've helped Addie's scalp and hair:
1| Use a quality scalp and hair shampoo and conditioner. This honestly has been one of the biggest things to help Addie. For a long time we used a tar shampoo on her scalp, but I hated thinking what I was putting on her skin. It stunk, had a whole bunch of ingredients I couldn’t pronounce, and it just worried me. We have started using Flexitol Scalp Relief Shampoo & Conditioner and I’m so happy with it! Flexitol’s shampoo and conditioner cleanses, moisturizes, and soothes Addie’s scalp without being stinky. In fact, it doesn’t have a scent. It’s helpful for those with eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and dandruff, too. It’s got anti-inflammatory, anti-itch properties that works in minutes, and I’m thankful because that’s what makes Addie’s scalp happiest. Flexitol Scalp Relief Shampoo & Conditioner is tar free, steroid free, and suitable for long term use- so basically everything that I wanted for Addie’s needs.
2| Use a good scalp serum. Treating Addie’s scalp has been most important in keeping her scarring alopecia at bay. When her scalp is happy it’s not red or inflammed, there’s less build up, which means she’s less likely to lose her hair. We like to use the Flexitol Scalp Relief Serum two different ways- sometimes an hour or so before baths to moisturize and soothe her irritated scalp so hair washing and combing is easier, and then after her baths as a leave in scalp treatment serum to work hard as she sleeps. Flexitol Scalp Relief Serum is made with 2% colloidal oatmeal to moisturize and soothe dry, irritated scalp for those with eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and dandruff. Using the dropper bottle makes things so much easier on all of us, wh8ich is alway good. It’s made such a difference in the health of Addie’s scalp.
3| Use a wet brush for less hair damage. Using a Wet Brush has been helpful in detangling Addie’s hair gently. Being gentle on her hair is most important because her scarring alopecia causes hair to come out from the follicle. I’ve tried several kinds from the Wet Brush brand, and the Pro Flex just seems to work best in detangling without pulling.
4| Be consistent. The one thing that has helped us the most with keeping Addie’s scarring alopecia at bay is staying consistent. Being consistent with her hair routine is so important so her scalp doesn’t have irritation or inflammation. Because we’ve been consistent we’ve actually seen some regrowth in spots where we caught the hair follicles before becoming inflamed and closing. We’ve even seen less spreading of her alopecia over the years because there isn’t dermatitis and dandruff covering the follicles thanks to our consistency. Such a win!
Hair or no hair, Addie is beautiful and so is anyone else struggling with hair loss, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, dandruff, or any other hair and scalp related issues. I truly hope that what we’ve been doing helps someone else out there. It’s been a complete journey and I’ll say it’s been hard without the support of a helpful dermatologist. I’m proud of our family for finding Flexitol to keep Addie’s scalp happy and healthy, and for Addie’s nurses helping us stay consistent in our routine.