Teenage years are pretty tough. Your body changes, your hormones turn you into Jekyll and Hyde, and school becomes ten times more stressful. But when your teenage years are spent trying to stop your hair falling out, they’re even harder.

“My first thoughts were serious worry, concern and fear, but I convinced myself it was probably due to just too much stress on my hair lately, like tying it up too tight, and thought it wasn’t serious.” says Ella, before she was diagnosed with a hair loss condition called loose anagen syndrome at the age of 15.

What is loose anagen syndrome?

Loose anagen syndrome is a condition that makes hair grow loosely, so it can be pulled very easily from the scalp by something as simple as rubbing your head on a pillow while you’re sleeping. It is most common in young girls, but can develop in adults too. Because the hair is easily plucked, sufferers struggle to grow their hair past the nape of their neck.

Searching for a cure

Before she was diagnosed, Ella tried all sorts of products that promised to help her hair, but all were a waste of time and money. “I tried practically every option, beginning with a huge array of expensive shampoos and conditioners, hair growth treatments, supplements for hair and nails, and hairdresser consultations, but no one seemed to know the cause for my hair’s state or a treatment.

I went to the doctors and had blood tests to see what I was lacking in, but nothing significant came back other than me being slightly low on iron, so I began taking iron supplements but didn’t see any results.” says Ella.

And when your hair starts shedding, it’s not just hair you lose. “Loose anagen caused me to be extremely self-conscious. I struggled massively with my confidence due to the state of my hair and felt jealousy and envy towards girls with naturally thick and long hair.”

Ella’s hair had always been thin and never grew past a certain length, but during puberty it got worse. When she turned 14, her hair began falling out in clumps and her loss became even more noticeable.

Finally in 2015, she was diagnosed with loose anagen syndrome by a dermatologist. Determined to find help and support for her daughter, Ella’s mum discovered Medical Hair Restoration Australia in Perth.

During a consultation, her diagnosis was reconfirmed by leading trichologist Kate Dawes, who put Ella straight onto the natural whey protein powder Help Hair in combination with digestive enzymes and probiotics to help maintain gut health and nutrient absorption.

The results

Ella began mixing up the Help Hair Protein supplement every morning with one cup of milk, and within a few months, the results starting appearing. “The first noticeable result was that my hair loss rapidly decreased so the density of my hair improved greatly.

Before Help Hair I had noticeably thin patches, and these began filling out with new hair. Not only that, but my hair has become visibly healthier, and looked thicker and nourished rather than frizzy and dry. I’ve also experienced hair growth, and my hair has become the longest it has ever been!”

As well as her hair, Help Hair Protein has also given her nails and confidence a much needed boost. “My nails were also thin and broke easily, but Help Hair has strengthened them and they now grow much better. Help Hair also had a huge effect with my confidence.

Before taking the protein powders, I was extremely self-conscious of my hair and never went out without clip in hair extensions to cover the thin patches.

“Help Hair Protein has offered me a cure for an issue I thought I would simply have to accept and cope with. I’ll continue to use it every day for as long as needed, as it has offered me hope for my hair and given me confidence.”

Ella’s story shows how your hair’s health can have such an impact on your life. If your hair is weak, thinning and needs a bit of TLC, our protein powders will feed it every vitamin and mineral it needs to decrease loss and increase growth.