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A popular social media influencer recently revealed she received a unique procedure to help her hair appear fuller.
Hannah Jarrah revealed to her more than 580,000 TikTok followers that she began to feel insecure after experiencing significant hair loss, which she claims was a result of using birth control. Earlier this week, Jarrah shared a video documenting her first of four sessions to have semi-permanent dye tattooed to her hairline.
"I'm getting my hair microbladed today. Yeah, you heard that right. Hairline microbladed," Jarrah said in the video which has so far been viewed more than a million times. "It's like what they do on the eyebrows but they are going to do on here," she noted, pointing at her scalp.
Microblading is a tattooing technique typically used to enhance eyebrows that are thin or sparse. However, the method could also be applied to other areas on the body that could use the strokes of a fine-tipped needle to imitate the appearance of hairs — like one's scalp.
"Let me tell you why I'm doing this," she said, sharing photos of her thinning hair. "So basically birth control f—ked my hair up. It's getting a lot better, but it is still something I'm really insecure about. It's actually a huge accomplishment for me that I'm even talking about this on the internet because it's something that I just kept to myself for a really long time. But I heard about this treatment, and I thought it would be perfect for me."
Aside from more well known side effects of birth control like weight gain, weight loss, moodiness, nausea, and headaches, many women have also reported their hair thinning and falling out. According to Healthline, the sudden surge or change in hormones can alter a hair growth cycle, leading some women to experience significant hair loss. If hair loss runs in your family, women should seek birth control methods that contain more estrogen than progestin, which can actually stimulate hair growth.
Jarrah said the procedure is supposed to last for three years — and she plans on documenting the microblading process with followers.
"To the girls out there with hair like mine. I know how easy it is to beat yourself up mentally," Jarrah wrote in the comments to followers. "I promise you are beautiful and you will never truly feel confident in your hair until you learn to love it as it is. And if you choose to do something like this in the future, have it come from a place of love."
Jarrah's video struck a chord with female TikTok users who said they've experienced similar hair loss due to health conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
"Looks great!" one follower wrote. "I have PCOS and thinning hair. I might look into this."
"I'm not kidding when I say the same thing happened to me," another wrote. "I lost my hair from taking birth control - just general thinning. Now I wear wigs."
"Birth control ruined my hair," a user told Jarrah. "I was on the pill for three years and lost hair while on it. I lost even more when I stopped taking it. You aren't alone."
In 2015, Dr. Lara Briden told the Daily Mail that as girls start taking birth control at a younger age, there is an increase of women struggling with hair loss.
"Young women are suffering an epidemic of hair loss, and it’s time for some straight-talk about why it’s happening," Briden explained. "My patients are losing piles of hair - they see it on their brushes, and they see it all over the floor and they’re not imagining things."
"Previous generations of young women had the same genes and they also suffered iron deficiency, thyroid disease, PCOS and they dieted," she continued. "The thing that has changed is that more women today use more hormonal birth control, and they’ve started it at a younger age."
The American Hair Loss Association (AHLA) released a statement in 2010 warning against the use of birth control to those whose family has a history of blading.
"It is imperative for all women especially for those who have a history of hair loss in their family to be made aware of the potentially devastating effects of birth control pills on normal hair growth," the statement read.