– I received so many compliments when I dyed my hair blonde. People said it really suited me and so I continued with it. So for a whole year I bleached my hair constantly. To avoid those reddish-orange tones that you can get when you have naturally dark hair like I do, I used silver shampoo, silver conditioner and cold dye bombs all the time. It tore my hair incredibly and my hair eventually broke off,” says Gashaw.
Gashaw tried to save her bleached hair
It made Gashaw feel anxious about her hair. When people started to react to the fact that she had become much thinner, it only made things worse.
– I tried to dye my hair brown again but the colour didn’t stick to the blonde. My hair had stopped growing. My hair just got shorter and shorter. I cut it all the time too to reduce wear and tear. Eventually I felt that I didn’t look like myself anymore. I had gone from having hair down to my tailbone to having thin shoulder-length hair.
On Instagram, Gashaw saw that there was a treatment that could help with hair thinning called PRP, and that there was a clinic in Stockholm that specialised in it.
– Then I just felt that no, but this is something I want to do. It can save what I have caused. I hesitated for a while at first because I thought PRP was for people who might not have any hair left. I didn’t dare to treat myself to it. But I’m so glad I took the step to actually start PRP.
Hair growth and quality increased with PRP
By the third treatment, Gashaw could feel a huge difference. Her hair growth had increased and the hair that had grown out had better hair quality.
– If I feel the scalp with my fingers, it’s an extremely big difference from how it was when I first came here. The woman who did the third treatment on me said she also noticed a huge difference. That she couldn’t do hair with just one finger anymore, she had to work with all her fingers. It feels like new hair is growing out and that’s great,” says Gashaw.