Meet Elle, the creator of Elle’s Hair Corner
Welcome to Elle’s Hair Corner. As you may have seen, “Elle” is for Laura- that’s me! Laura’s Hair Corner just doesn’t have the same ring to it! Why the corner? That is literally where I store my hair…in the corner of my bedroom.
For a very long time, I allowed my hair loss to define me… so before we dive into my hair loss story, let me tell you about some of the other things that are important to me and have a presence in my life.
I am a mother of 3. I have a wonderful husband. We are nature enthusiasts with a spirit for exploration and adventure (more to come on that soon!). I love yoga, cooking and baking, dark chocolate, wine, the beach, comfy clothes, thrift shopping and green tea. I’m a strong advocate for self-care, self-acceptance, and self-love.
I have a fulfilling career in the mental health sector. I spent a good chunk of my life in school and have achieved an undergraduate and a master’s degree. Being in the helping profession was a calling for me, and has helped me to grow as a person. I learn and have learned so much from the people I serve.
I’m an empath and introvert through and through. I believe in authenticity, which is why I am working on being more vulnerable and putting myself out there a bit more. I find joy and feel called to help others. I am open-minded. I think of myself as accepting, but I recognize and acknowledge my privilege and inherent biases. I am very practical, and focus my efforts and energies on practical things. I strive for balance in all that I do. For reference, I’m a cis female with she/her pronouns (if you don’t know what that means, please look it up!).
I do not enjoy washing dishes or looking at them piled in the sink (you see the conundrum?). I HATE folding laundry but for some reason, I don’t mind washing it. If I start a task, I do not like setting it aside and coming back to it later unless it’s one of the aforementioned undesirable tasks. I hate when people show up unannounced, though I have done the same my fair share of times. I dislike conflict and don’t take criticism well.
Now, the biggie, and probably why you’re here- I have Androgenetic Alopecia. I won’t bore you with the medical mumbo-jumbo because if you found my page, you certainly can find this information on Google! While you’re at it, you can read up on other forms of Alopecia as well!
I began losing my hair noticeably at the age of 18, just after I finished high school. By the middle of my 18th year, the thinning was bad enough that I sought medical advice. I saw a dermatologist at the age of 19 and was diagnosed. I was told that if I took iron and used minoxidil, my hair would grow back. It did not. I know this diagnosis is a tough pill to swallow and it has taken me many years to come to terms with it. Hearing from my doctor that I “would never be completely bald” was of little comfort to me at the time of diagnosis. I have endured countless negative comments about my thin hair, as well as comments from well-meaning loved ones minimizing my hair loss. I’ve tried many different methods and products for “concealing” hair loss. I can’t wait to share more about my favourites with you! I won’t try to sell you on any magic potions for regrowth, because I’m not a dermatologist, and what I’ve tried for regrowth hasn’t worked for me. What you will find is my honest opinion about any products I discuss.
I want to hear your hair loss stories too! I would love to have diverse experiences represented on my blog. Whether you’re a woman, man, elsewhere or nowhere on the gender spectrum, a child (with your parent’s permission), person with a disability, person of colour, if you’re experiencing hair loss or wear hair for other reasons and want to share, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know if I have your permission to post on this blog.
While I have come to terms with my hair loss, I know many are at a different phase of their journey. I will do my best to commiserate with you, empathize with you, lift you up, or hail your self-acceptance. What I won’t do is try to diagnose or tell you how to treat your own hair loss….you’ll need a physician for that!
What else would you like to know about me?