Azathioprine also known as 6-MP is an oral chemo-medication used to treat many diseases, including Ulcerative Colitis. While in St. Luke’s in Pasadena, my doctor decided to start me on 6-MP, I immediately asked if I was going to lose my hair and I was told by my three main doctors that “Emily, your hair will only mildly thin.” That my friends, was complete bull.
About 3 weeks after I began to take 6-MP, I was admitted for the 5th time to St. Luke’s and transferred to Houston to be viewed by the Baylor GI Team. In the hospital I began to notice strands of hair on the pillows, blankets and even feeling tangled in them at night.
5 months later my hair was so thin that clip-in extensions wouldn’t even hold and even if they did, I didn’t have enough hair to cover them. Devastated is the best word I could use to describe my hair loss. For the first time in my life, I was truly self-conscious. My mom took me to this wonderful wig store in League City called Becky’s Wigs & Mastectomy, the owner was so helpful. My wigs weren’t human hair, which we thought originally would make a huge difference, but it didn’t! I loved my wigs and I felt like I was finally on the up an up.
When my hair was finally healthy enough to hold extensions, I called Estilo Salon & Spa in Houston to book a consultation with Eric Vaughn. If you don’t know who Eric is, he is the Official Hair Sponsor for the Miss Texas & Miss Texas Teen USA Pageants. When I met with Eric I very shyly showed him my “medication” hair. On top of my head sat brittle, thin, frizzy hair, as we talked about the length and thickness, I still didn’t realize what a change he was going to make. I was so full of emotion after that consultation that finally I was going to have hair that I cried, I cried and cried to myself in my little Red Fit. I was angry that I even had to lose my hair, embarrassed of the hair on my head, but mostly I was so overwhelmed with the feeling of relief. A week later I was back in his chair and he began to work his magic. My hair was literally getting thicker by the minute! I couldn’t even believe how beautiful and happy I was feeling.
7 months, that is how long I dealt with my hair loss and in 2 hours my whole perception of my life changed drastically. I felt beautiful again. Instead of hiding from my mirrors in my room or when I was out, I found myself taking loads of selfies. Eric truly changed me not just physically, but emotionally as well. I will forever be grateful for the work he did, seriously, my hair angel.
Cut & Extension Application, Eric Vaughn at Estilo Salon & Spa, Houston TX.
Extensions Used, Di Biase Hair USA Fusion Extensions
Styled with, Moroccan Oil Products
Wigs Purchased at Becky’s Wigs & Mastectomy