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My Postpartum Hair Loss Experience

I heard about how long and thick the hair becomes whilst pregnant. So that was one of the changes I was looking forward when I pregnant with the kiddies. About 3/4 months into my pregnancy, I noticed my hair was becoming longer and fuller, and I loved it. My hair was very unhealthy before I became pregnant, so I this hair growth was badly needed. But few weeks after delivery, I started experiencing hair loss. The beautiful hair I was excited about started to fall off!

 

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The shock of losing my hair!

I was so confused at first because I wasn’t expecting to lose the hair. The pregnancy books I read did not warn me about that, so I wasn’t prepared to see my long hair falling off in clumps. I felt helpless and annoyed. My hair was pretty much back to how it was before I conceived and I was devastated.

 

Postpartum hair loss.

After doing some research, I found out that postpartum hair loss is quite common. However not all women would experience this hair loss, and the experience can vary from pregnancy to pregnancy. Even though it is pregnancy related, losing huge clumps of hair still sucks. The term for this side effect of pregnancy and childbirth is Postpartum Alopecia, and about 90 percent of women will experience it.

Picturing 90 percent of women dealing with a form of postpartum hair loss is serious. Some cases will be most severe than others. And it makes me wonder why the hormones have to play up so much for us women. Hair loss is just one of the many changes I had to deal with after pregnancy. I also struggled with Hyperpigmentation, with my skin going many shades darker in my last trimester and staying almost that way until about a year ago.

 

What did I do?

I did a lot of reading and research on what to do about my hair loss. I considered having Advanced Tricho Pigmentation treatment done at a point. This is a treatment for those who are noticing thinning or balding hair. I also looked into various hair care products to reduce the hair loss.

After extensive research, I decided to relax and take my mind off my hair situation. I maintained a healthy lifestyle and slowly but surely my hair started to grow back. And thanks to my natural hair routine, it didn’t take too long to get my hair back to where it was before.

My hair is still a work in progress and I will be updating you in my next natural hair journey post.

 

 

 

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Have you experience any form of hair loss? Please share your experience with us in the comments section below.

 

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How I Survived Culture Shock in England

I still remember how I struggled with Culture Shock in England when I relocated several years ago. It was tough for the first few months, but then I got over it. I had to anyway. Prior to my moving to England finally, I had been visiting on a yearly basis so I was familiar with the country and its culture to a certain extent. But visiting a country regularly and relocating fully are 2 very different things, as I came to understand. Culture shock affects everyone in different ways. It does not matter whether they don’t travel often or they are regular travellers.

 

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I relocated finally to England in 2008. There was a master degree I had interest in at the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol, and so I enrolled. Which is how I got here. Bristol is an amazing city. I had a lovely time studying there, and I really do miss the city. This year marks my tenth anniversary as a UK resident, which is why I felt the need to write this post.

Culture shock was a module I studied in Bristol Business School. Many people are unaware of how different cultures are, and how tricky it can be to embrace a different culture. If you have ever had to relocate, then you would know all about how hard it can be to try to make a life in a different country, as you most likely would have experienced it first-hand.

 

How to Survive Culture Shock in England

Here are a few ways I survived the culture shock in England.

 

Have a good sense of humour

Luckily, I was born with a sense of humour so I didn’t struggle too much with this. I know how to have a good laugh at myself and situations. This trait helped me get over issues quickly and helped me pursue my interests. Taking yourself too seriously in a country like England may not be a wise thing.

 

Embrace the web

One regret I would always have is not starting my blog earlier. I could have started this blog easily in 2008 when I relocated. There was a reliable internet connection. I had no social life and very few friends. And I was bored to death half the time in my student house. I spent most of my free time online doing nothing meaningful. My evenings were usually spent with me on my laptop, checking out cheapest online shopping sitesStarting Fashion and Style Police then would have been a smart way to utilise my time.

 

 

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Fall in love with Tea

I was not a big tea drinker prior to my move to the UK. Coming from a much warmer climate meant it was more chilled drinks for me. But first thing  I noticed about the Brits is how much they love their tea. I am still not a big tea drinker. I prefer a good cup of coffee/cappuccino. But I have fallen in love with tea a bit more since my relocation.

 

Embrace the unpredictable weather

Embracing the unpredictable British weather is one of the first things I struggled with. In the early days, I never knew what to wear. One minute it is warm and sunny, and the next minute it is wet and cold. It is pretty still the same, but I now know not to expect anything from the weather in England.

 

Be wise with your cash

I have always be relatively good with money. But relocation to England made me even better with money. I quickly learnt how to save every extra penny I made, and how not to spend crazily, in order to pay my bills and survive. It taught me to be more responsible and manage my money properly. In my early days in Bristol, I made use of many money transfer companies, as that was the fastest way of receiving and sending money. As an international student, I was only allowed to work 20 hours a week, so money was usually tight. But I remember making the most of those 20 hours allowance.

It is good to know there are now more money transfer companies around. This makes it a lot easier to send more home to loved ones if and when needed. I have friends who send money to Romania regularly thanks to companies like Transfer Rapid. So it is great to know services like this are available for people who are living abroad, away from their family and friends.

 

Have you ever relocated to a different country? How did you handle the culture shock?

 

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Why I Left My Customer Service Job

Before I became self-employed, I did various customer service jobs. It was over the phone, so it was ok for me at that time, as I prefer dealing with customer over the phone than  face to face confrontation customer service. I was a customer service agent for well over 4 years, and it was hard. But it paid my bills and kept me busy, so it was all good.

Back then, I always knew I wanted more. The customer service job  was not mentally stimulating enough. It became a chore. The pay wasn’t great and the hours were very long. I even hard to work on some weekends, which I didn’t like much. Plus, I hated it when I had difficult customers or cases to deal with, and that was on a daily basis, making my life even harder.

I have been on both sides of the fence; as a customer service agent and customer. So I know the frustrations of working in a noisy call centre, with complicated systems and absent supervisors. Which is why I try to be extra patient and tolerant when dealing with customer service agents.

I recently came across an infographic done by the guys at CCSN which I found quite interesting. Here is the infographic below.

 

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I agree with all the information on this infographic. For me, excellent customer service means –

 

I am not kept waiting

I called my phone company the other day and I was on the queue waiting to be answered for almost an hour. That to me is just madness. I like it when my call is answered immediately or within a few minutes. That is my definition of excellent customer service. Keeping customers waiting for hours is totally unacceptable.

 

There are other contact options

I like handling my business online so calling a call centre is usually my last resort. I rather send an email or do what I have to do online. Good customer service would provide other contact options for their customers to make use of. As a full-time blogger, I spend majority of my waking hours online, so I rather so out my utilities and anything else that needs sorting online too.

 

My query is dealt with quickly

The whole small talk thingy confuses me. Why would I want to talk about the weather when dealing with a dodgy broadband service?

I hated small talk as a customer service agent and I hate it as a customer too. It makes no sense to me. I just don’t have the time or the desire to engaged in meaningless chitchat when I call a company. Excellent customer service to me means my query is dealt with quickly and properly.

 

I am not passed around

Being passed from department to department pisses me off. Most times I end up ending the call in frustration. This usually happens when I am unlucky enough to speak with clueless customer service agents.

 

To be frank, good customer service isn’t rocket service. It simply means putting the customer first in all decisions. If companies put their customers first, they will have happy customers and employees.

 

What is your definition of excellent customer service? Please sound off in the comments section.

 

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