A BEARDED woman who’s been diagnosed with PCOS – Polycystic Ovary Syndrome – has revealed one of her top haircare products.
Polycystic ovary syndrome, commonly referred to as PCOS, is a medical condition that affects around one in 10 women in the UK – and one of those who knows a little about this is Annette Lawrence, from Buckinghamshire.
Annette, from Buckinghamshire, was diagnosed with PCOS at the age of 19Credit: TikTok /@thenamesluna
Since then, she’s decided to stop shaving and now uses her platform to raise awareness about the issueCredit: TikTok /@thenamesluna
Annette, who now uses her platform to raise awareness about PCOS, was first diagnosed with it aged 19, with the doctor suggesting her to simply go on the contraceptive pill, she bravely told Newsweek.
Although at the time she didn’t really have much understanding about the condition, Annette soon started noticing more hair growth on her chin – something she’d tackle with a pair of nail scissors.
By the time she hit her forties, the volume of hair had increased so much where she could grow a beard – ”so I had to start shaving”, she remembered.
As well as feeling like she had to shave – Annette did this up to three times a week – she also experienced issues with her weight due to insulin resistance.
She opened up: ”Over the years, I’ve felt a lot of judgment because of my appearance.
”If I walk down the street without shaving, I see numerous people staring and laughing at me.
”I’m used to it, but at the same time, I don’t think I should have to be.”
After joining TikTok, where she now boasts a whopping 106k fans, Annette decided to stop shaving for good in a bid to hit back at the cruel trolls.
”I was so sick of the online bullies telling me that I shouldn’t have a beard, I thought: “Why do I have to shave with PCOS?” It’s not that I want to have facial hair, but I should be able to have the choice.”
Now, after taking the key decision in her life, the beauty enthusiast has taken to her page to share some of her top haircare tips using affordable drugstore products.
When it comes to looking after her locks, Annette prefers using bargain buys from the popular brand Aussie, especially their Spray-In Hair Insurance Conditioner.
Demonstrating how to apply it, she explained in the video: ”You leave it in, you don’t wash this out – and it really does work.”
Annette, who described her locks as ”thin and fine”, then went on to blow-dry the hair – and it had a nice gloss to it.
The affordable supermarket and drugstore find can be snapped up in most stores, such as Boots where it retails for a fiver, as well as Superdrug.
With dozens of positive five-star reviews, the product has also become a hit amongst fellow beauty fans, with one writing: ”Lovely feel to the hair.. Soft. Will buy again soon.”
Someone else chimed in: ”Good value product in a sensible size, does exactly what it’s meant to.”
”I’ve been using this for years. I use my tongs and hair drier every day and yet my hairdresser still thinks my hair is in wonderful condition,” a third penned.
As well as talking about PCOS, Annette has her own website, The Name’s Luna, which has been named after her pet parrot.
She also works as a content creator online, shares crafting videos for Patreon followers, and makes and sells adorable teddy bears as a side hustle.
”There is a lot more that’s going to be happening in the future and lots of ideas are coming to the front all the time,” she recently revealed on the site.
Symptoms can include:
According to the NHS, symptoms will often be experienced in early twenties or late teens.
However, in many cases doctors can struggle to diagnose the condition.
Symptoms can include:
- irregular periods, or no periods at all
- excess body hair, including facial hair
- difficulty getting pregnant
- weight gain
- oily skin or acne
- thinning hair or hair loss
What causes polycystic ovary syndrome?
Several factors are thought to play a role, including:
- excess insulin in the body – if you have too much insulin in your body it may increase your androgen (male hormones) production which could interfere with your ovaries ability to ovulate.
- low grade inflammation – some research has shown that women with the condition suffer from low grade inflammation, which can stimulate the ovaries to produce androgen.
- it’s hereditary – the chances are that if your mother or sister suffers with polycystic ovaries then you will develop the condition too.