Left - before Oct.'12 | right - after Mar.'13My strategy has resulted into lessening the damage it seems. In short - my hair did not thin as much (picture shows uncombed hair and I am leaning forward a bit, I did not shorten it much, maybe like 1.5cm)
I started losing hair in fall, and "only" lost 0.5" of thickness overall. My shed lasted 6 months.
Compare that to my postpartum shed, which lasted about 4 months and I lost 0.6" of thickness and my sides went slightly bald.
Another surprising fact is that I have less taper and my ends did not get as thin, even though my ponytail circumference is thinner than after my postpartum shed!
I have less taper overall...
I believe this happened a) because I had grown down a great deal of thickness and my taper had lessened in 2012. b) because I was able to bring down the shedding rate for the last three months.
As I have described before, due to the supplements and dietary adjustment, my shed rate dropped instantly, to a almost normal level. At that point I did not notice the rapid thinning anymore. When my hair thins out quickly, I can actually feel it getting lighter and thinner.
Because of that I was even able to even up my ends a bit towards the end of the shed. They look very straight now.
One way you can tell the thinning is my braid though. It was thicker in Summer and by fall that thickness had moved down even more. I feel it thickening up again now, and hope it will go as fast as the last time. On the right I posted a picture 9 months after the 2010 shed, which shows that my hair thickened up less quick then. it seems. To be sure though, I will have to see how fast it improves this time. My ponytail circumference measured 8cm early March. During my 2010 shed I went down to 7.5cm, postpartum shed I went down to 8.5cm. If I will ever measure something close to ten again....I don't know..it seems possible though if everything is okay and stays that way :P
I am thinking that after my next pregnancy, I may help my hormones adjust with these supplements too, to see if I can prevent my hormones flying all over the place. If everything goes accordingly, I should have a lighter, not devastating shed, that will stop in a timely manner.
I won't be cutting my hair, but I am thinking about a trimming method at the moment. I think I may trim monthly for a bit and then switch to every second month to gain a bit of length back.
Sometimes I really feel like growing but I am not sure and conflicted about what length I would like to maintain for now...so I may just try adding an inch or two and go from there. I really don't want my ends to get too thin either and I feel it may be best to let more thickness grow back down.