pcos hair

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Harnaam Kaur first started growing facial hair at the age of 11. She was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome, a condition that causes a hormone imbalance in women. 

“I decided to keep my beard and step forward against society’s expectations of what a woman should look like,” Kaur said. “Today I am happy living as a young beautiful bearded woman. I have realized that this body is mine, I own it, I do not have any other body to live in so I may as well love it unconditionally" 

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As requested, I’ve tried to do some sort of hair evolution, but it’s really difficult because I never took photos of where it was thinning around the sides, and i never took many photos without the hair extensions I wore for years because my self confidence with my hair and in general, was so low. 

Pre-puberty (before when my symptoms started showing), I had very long, very thick, dark brown hair, with a natural wave. My hair gradually got worse and shorter as it broke off. I had hair cuts before I was diagnosed to try and make it look blunter and thicker, but it just got worse and worse.

The top photo, was 2009/2010. My hair was breaking off everything i ran my hands through it, it was frizzy, dry and thinning. I hated it so much. It didn’t grow, it just broke off. Every time i washed it, strands fell out, it just broke off so easily. There was no natural wave, it wasn’t even straight…it was just dry. 

The photo at the bottom is the most recent documentation of my hair length. As you can see, it’s smooth, has grown significantly and is much thicker. It no longer falls out!!! My hair is pretty curly/wavy when I don’t style it (it’s been blow-dried above) and I often wear it natural now and don’t bother styling it!

 It’s taken a bumpy 5 or so years to get to the point i’m at now, but changing my lifestyle to suit my PCOS was the best thing I have ever done for my body, my symptoms, and definitely for my hair! 

Big parts of my diet for my hair are made up from… 

+ Eggs for Biotin & Protein

+ Cinnamon for blood flow & circulation 

+ Spinach for Vitamin A & Iron

Compilation of tips I’ve learnt through ten years of hirsutism

For waxing/epilating 

  • Applying baby powder beforehand helps sooo much since it means that there is less oil on your hair/skin which means the wax sticks better to hair resulting in a cleaner finish and less wax residue on the skin. It also helps with epilating because it coats the hair allowing it to be picked up with the tweezers more easily.
  • If you don’t have any fancy after wax lotion or wipes baby oil works just as well, it removes any left over wax and won’t irritate your skin
  • Don’t laugh but if you’ve ever seen at a barber or hairdressers they have this little brush for dusting any loose hair away, it’s a good idea to do the same thing wherever you’ve epilated because there will always be hairs lying about that have fallen out of the epilator. You don’t need anything fancy though even an old makeup brush will do the job.
  • On that note make sure you clean your epilator regularly to keep the tweezers sharp and give the cleanest results, most epilators now days come with a removable head and a little brush for cleaning out the old hairs. It’s also worth wiping the tweezers with rubbing alcohol/surgical spirit to keep them clean. 
  • Always use the edge of the wooden spatula when applying hot wax, the biggest mistake you can make with wax is applying it too thick or too thin, applying it with edge instead of the larger flat surface will make it just right. Also remember to apply the wax in the direction the hair grows and then rip off the strip in the opposite direction to the hair growth.
  • Also leave about a 1cm patch at the bottom for grabbing, believe me it helps if you leave a grabby bit instead of just sticking the whole strip down and not knowing where you’re going to rip it off from.
  • The sooner you can rip the strip off after applying, the better. Make sure the strip is smoothed down against your skin, take a deep breath in, count to 3 and then as you exhale rip the strip off in one smooth movement. Try not to pull the strip upwards as that can break the hair, but rather try and keep your wrist closer to your skin.
  • DON’T take a hot bath or shower for at least 24 hours after waxing or epilating. You don’t have to take a freezing cold, just make sure it’s not scalding hot and please don’t apply heavily fragrances lotions or deodorant if you’ve done your underarms, the alcohol can cause irritation. A GENTLE scrub is fine.
  • Red bumps are NORMAL, little whiteheads can be normal too even up to almost a week after hair removal if you’ve removed hair from a sensitive area such as your face or chest. Aloe vera gel/cream or chamomile lotions are miracle workers.
  • Don’t keep waxing the same spot over and over again in one go, if there are any stray hairs just remove them with tweezers. If you pull your skin taut whilst waxing it should help reduce the amount of strays.
  • Cut the strips into smaller pieces for smaller areas and remember that in some places such as the underarms hair often grows in different direction so apply the strips accordingly. Also giving the hair a slight trim might help for areas like underarms or bikini line where the hair can grow very long and curl about.
  • Make sure you’re pressing down hard enough with the epilator, I mean don’t go crazy or anything but don’t just have it lightly running over the top of your hair.

For shaving or hair removal cream

  • Keep your razor sharp!! This is such an important tip for a smoother shave, disposable razors, mens razors or razors meant for the bikini line are almost always sharper. Of course you should be careful because a sharper blade=easier to accidentally cut yourself. Keep your blade clean too, I find the that wetting it and then smacking it lightly inside the basin helps to dislodge some of those pesky hairs.
  • To help reduce the likelihood of cuts, especially in those bits that always seem to get cuts like your knee, gently pull the skin in the opposite direction of how you’re shaving. If you do get a cut, dry your skin, apply a little anti bacterial of some sort and hold a folded up piece of tissue hard against your skin as a diy compress. Once the worst of the bleeding has stopped apply a blob of savlon or sudocreme to help the blood clot and protect your skin.
  • Some people swear by shaving in a certain direction but I tend to find that first shaving in the same direction as the hair growth and then in the opposite direction gives the best results.
  • NEVER dry shave!! It’s so painful, it’ll irritate your skin and the results are generally crappy. Play around to see what gives you the best results out of shaving cream, gel or mousse. Some people even use hair conditioner!
  • Don’t go out sunbathing for at least 24 hours after applying hair removal cream.
  • Always scrape off hair removal cream in the opposite direction of the hair growth.
  • Make sure the room you’re using hair removal cream in is well ventilated! Every hair removal cream smells like satan’s anus EVERY SINGLE ONE. Don’t get caught up in that ‘fresh scent’ bullcrap, make sure you’ve got a window or 5 open.
  • Same deal with hair removal cream, don’t use highly fragranced products on your skin for 24 hours after applying hair removal cream. The alcohol in those products sting like a MOTHERFUCKER.
  • Please for the love of all that is sweet and holy don’t use hair removal cream on your pussy. Even those ones that are meant to be for bikini line hair or w/e. Somehow a little bit always ends up getting in your pussy no matter how careful you are and it will sting so bad your mum will feel it. You might as well just shave it.
  • Two words. TENDSKIN!!!! It’s awesome.

For when you can’t be arsed to remove the hair, or the hair hasn’t been removed properly or when your trying to transition into not removing the hair but still feel insecure af

  • Tights are the bomb for leg troubles. Cute patterned tights or tinted stockings are great because they hide anything you’re insecure about and look like you’ve  made more of an effort then you have.
  • Ditto with knee high boots or socks.
  • High waisted bikinis are awesome because they cover up happy trails, lower back hair, butt hair and a fair amount of bikini line hair and look really cute and retro.
  • Scarves are a saviour for neck and upper back hair.
  • There are a lot of really great tutorials on youtube for covering up facial hair and stubble for a variety of complexions.
  • Don’t laugh again but body glitter or sparkly body sprays, powders or creams help disguise the hair, make you feel like a fairy princess and once again makes it look like you’ve made more of an effort then you actually have :p

General advice

  • You are beautiful
  • And awesome
  • And deserve to be happy and have fun
  • You’re not alone in what you’re going through
  • No one is looking out for your hair, other people don’t notice it as much as you do.
  • You should tip your waxer unless they’ve done a spectacularly awful job if you go to a salon
  • Men don’t care about ingrown hairs
  • Your friends aren’t staring at your hair when you aren’t looking and secretly thinking that you’re ugly/disgusting.
  • No one is believe me.
  • Those who mind don’t matter, those who matter don’t mind
  • If you still feel bad after this remember that eurovision is next week so that’ll be good for a laugh

I hope this has helped a bit, I tried my best to call on all my hairy wisdom but if you still want to ask about something please feel free to do so! Love you all to the moon and back xxxxxxxxx

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“Why?? Why is showing hair on a woman so disgusting???? You’re advertising a product to remove hair and you show models with hairless legs?? What is the point of that?????? Why is there ZERO representation of women with body hair in the media?? What’s wrong with body hair anyway?? WHHHhhyyyY???”

- questions I wish someone would give me a bloody logical answer to

to all my trans guys who have pcos,

to all the trans guys who have to take estrogen supplements or have hormone-related treatments,

to all the trans guys who aren’t out and get told to remove their pcos-related facial hair because it’s not “”ladylike””,

to all the trans guys whose periods are unbearably painful because of their cysts,

to all the trans guys who have to deal with pcos resources labeling them as “cysters”,

to all the trans guys who deal with the fear of not getting to take testosterone in the future because of pcos,

to all the trans guys who are scared of or upset by their pcos,

you are not a cyster. you are not any less of a guy because of pcos, because of your treatment for pcos, or how people treat you because of your pcos. you are wonderful, you are strong, and you are valid.

anonymous asked:

Hi Sea Fam! I'm a cis woman who experiences pretty severe facial hair growth. Lately, I've started looking at forums meant for trans women to try and find shaving tips and the like. But I'm wondering, am I intruding on their space by doing that? I don't ever post or participate in the forums, just read what's been said. But I don't want to be intrusive in a space meant to be safe for them.

Hi sweetie,

I have mixed thoughts on this. While on one hand, I think if you aren’t posting or participating then you aren’t intruding. But I can understand how some might find it intrusive or would feel hurt if they knew a cis woman was lurking about in forum safe spaces. I think it ultimately comes down to which forums you are following.

However, I would suggest checking out forums for PCOS, and possibly being tested for PCOS. PCOS means Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome, and can cause excessive facial hair growth among other things. That would be an area that could offer similar information but in a way that you would not be intruding on a safe space. :)

~Nelly the Narwhal

anonymous asked:

I have PCOS and honestly the extra hair is so annoying, I have it on my neck like a neck beard uiahsojvfijpa I should talk to my doctor

PCOS NECK HAIR SOLIDARITY!!! i have like a weird small patch of hair on the front of my neck like its small but I’ve always been so insecure abt it and same w/ my upper lip hair! i shave them sometimes but then i feel guilty abt shaving them i kinda go back and forth :/// but yeah if u have a lot and its bothering u definitely talk to ur doctor abt it!!!!!! 

idk if t will end up in me getting facial hair but i know this:

nb women can have facial hair (hey PCOS also exists on top of us transmasc types!)

normalize being cool with that too.

anonymous asked:

Lots of trans*men would kill to have your problem

…..I really hope you’re aware of how shitty this sounds. Did you basically just tell me “stop complaining because other people would like your problem”? Really?

Because do you know how PCOS works?

Did you know it can lead to type 2 diabetes, to infertility, to painful cysts in the ovaries and other parts of the female reproductive tract. There’s a chance I’ll have to have a total hysterectomy in my life because of it.

THIS IS NOT SOMETHING TO ENVY. OMFG.

There are other ways to naturally grow facial hair besides PCOS. Holy fucking shit. Other ways that WON’T screw up parts of your body.

Just. Holy fucking shit I can’t believe someone just sent me this.

anonymous asked:

Last thing you splurged on?

I spent $250 today to get my hair colored (balayage), cut, and blown dry…..so yeah definitely that. But it’s a splurge I budget for every once and a while. With having PCOS comes thin hair, so I like spending the extra $$$ to make it look nice ya know (also I’ve been going to the same hair stylist since I was 15)

PCOS Facts

I keep seeing quite a lot of misinformation about PCOS going around, and just thought I’d share a few facts that I know, along with some the PCOS Nutrition Center shared back in September for PCOS Awareness Month. I think a majority has to do with lack of knowledge, awareness, and education when it comes to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. It’s even more reason that we need to raise our voices, share our journeys, and spread awareness.

  • Females with PCOS can have monthly menstrual cycles, and still have PCOS. 
  • Despite the name, not everyone with PCOS has polycystic ovaries.
  • As of now, there 10 different phenotypes associated with PCOS.
  • Cysts typically seen in PCOS are actually the result of a hormonal imbalance, not the cause of the syndrome. 
  • The diagnostic criteria for PCOS states that a women has PCOS if she has at least 2 of the following 3 criteria: a. Irregular or absent periods, b. blood tests or physical signs that show high androgens, c. Polycystic ovaries. 
  • Elevated insulin or insulin resistance are not part of the diagnostic criteria for PCOS but are seen in the majority of women with PCOS. (It is estimated that 50-70% of women with PCOS have insulin resistance.)
  • Fish oil improves almost every aspect of PCOS from improving hair quality to mood.
  • A number of studies demonstrate that modest weight loss of 5-10% of initial body weight improves metabolic, physiological and psychological aspects of PCOS. 
  • The United States spends an estimated $4 billion annually to identify and manage PCOS.

Part of the reason I hate wearing shorts/dresses/anything showing legs is that I got that really thick dark PCOS hair combined with pasty white skin means even if I do shave, you can still see the hair follicles, and it grows back thick and fast. >:T I did just purchase my first two pairs of shorts though, AND a bathing suit for the summer. I am aggressively trying to be okay with my body because everyone should love themselves.

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The hairdressers always take too much off, and as my slow hair growth compadres know, when too much is taken off, you’re back to square one. So I’ve taken to chopping about quarter of an inch off every 4/6 weeks and it keeps it fresh and spurs it on a bit!

Freshly washed with Lush shampoo bar - (don’t know it’s name now) but it’s henna and coffee, especially good for brunettes!
Jojoba oil on the ends and in my little spray bottle is rosemary and water spritzed into my roots!
😘

I think the bit about pcos which has caused me the most grief for so long, and has affected my self esteem the most, is my slow growing hair. Nice one hormonal imbalance -.-

(& acne but it’s not as bad as it used to be) though I’ve got a spot the size of the moon on my chin so I’m layered in tea tree oil tonight! Go away spot!!!

I’d love it if this bloat finally went away too! :’)