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Please share your story with us. Some ideas to get you started: What caused your hair loss?  How long have you been experiencing hair loss? What has been your biggest challenge?  What has been your biggest victory? What advice would you give others? What is your favorite hair piece?

Let’s raise awareness, create understanding, and encourage others going through the same thing!

17 Comments

  1. Sarah

    I started loosing my hair when I was 13 years old. As you can imagine that was so difficult for me. My self esteem was shattered. Thank goodness my mom was such a great supporter to me. I didn’t loose all of my hair at once. It would come and go, leaving me with ugly patches. I wore hats and scarves at first. I eventually got my first wig when I was in high school. I wanted to look pretty for prom. I’m now married with three children and love rocking all styles. I have overcome my self esteem issues and even feel confident to go bold, beautiful and bald on occasion. I’m so thankful for all the awareness for Alopecia. Girls lets support each other!

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    • Lori

      Sarah thank you so much for sharing. It sounds like you have a wonderful mom who has taught you and supported you well. I’m sure you were beautiful at prom. I love the fact that you are confident enough to go bold and bald! Rock it!

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    • Jo Coffman

      Sarah thank you for sharing your story. I can’t imagine how awful it must be to lose your hair so young, you must have been a really strong kid. Aren’t wigs fun? It’s hard to get to the comfortable stage but it’s so nice once you do.

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  2. Marieca

    I first started losing my hair back in 2005. I was around 25 years old and in what I considered prime dating years. I cut myself off from everyone and everything. Gradually over the course of a few months it was all gone. Any patches that were left I shaved them off. One of my biggest challenges was letting go of the hair I had left, and letting my family and friends in on what I was going through. I suffered in silence for too long. I spent long days and nights crying and grieving over my loss. I thought people would make fun of me or just not understand. Once I decided to let others in things became a little easier. The more I talked about it, the more I wanted to talk about it. Pretty soon I would tell anyone who would listen, I found ways of bringing it up in conversation. I eventually found the National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF) and signed up to become a support group leader for them. It was great talking to people locally and being able to help and support each other along the way. My advice to anyone going through hair loss is that it’s okay to grieve. It’s okay to feel upset, sad, or however you feel while going through it. It’s also important to talk about it. Find someone or people that you trust and let it out. Also know that hair is only a part of us. It is not who we are. Without it we can still thrive, have healthy friendships and relationships!

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    • Lori

      Marieca thank you so much for sharing. I can’t imagine how you suffered by doing it alone. I’m so glad you decide to let others in and now you are a support group leader for NAAF. You’re an inspiration.

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      • Jo Coffman

        Women who come forward and tell their stories to help others are angels. You probably have no idea how many people you’ve helped, and thank you. Telling people it’s okay to feel bad is SO important because the guilt can be as bad as the sadness.

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  3. Jo Coffman

    I started to lose my hair in my twenties. I don’t remember exactly when because it’s not something you notice for a while, but I know it was before I turned thirty that I realized that my already baby-fine blonde hair was looking a bit more sparse than usual on top. I asked my doctor about it, but let me tell you something doctors did not care about in the ‘80s was hair loss. The doctor did a thyroid test and when that came out okay it was just blamed on ‘genetics’. I’ve since realized that my hair loss is most likely due to the autoimmune disease that was diagnosed at age five. I tried Rogaine but it didn’t seem to do anything and it made my scalp red and itchy so I stopped. On to the ignoring stage! I was good at that.

    It thinned a tiny bit more every year but still very slowly. I started lightening it to make it look thicker, and cut bangs that started further and further back on my head as the years went by. Anyone who has female hair loss knows what I mean—the lady combover. I told myself it would grow back and that it ‘wasn’t that bad’. And maybe it really wasn’t that bad.

    Until finally, it was.

    I think hair loss is something you can’t fully understand unless it happens to you. There’s something about having a balding head that makes you feel hideous, and nothing anyone says to you helps much. The most well-intentioned attempts at comforting you usually make you feel worse. You never feel pretty, not ever.

    Even worse than the dismay you feel when you look in the mirror is the guilt you feel for being so dismayed. So much guilt. I think there are a lot of murderers who haven’t felt this level of guilt. How could you be so loathsome and self-centered? It’s not like you’d be any kind of beauty even if you did have a big old Texas-sized head of hair. Get a grip.

    You’re not dying—it’s just hair. Your limbs are not missing or paralyzed—it’s just hair. Your brain is not malfunctioning, you haven’t lost your sight, your hearing, your power of speech—it’s just hair. You have not lost a loved one. Just hair. No biggie.

    You find yourself in the horrifying position of being jealous of cancer patients because—if they make it—their hair will grow back. You hate yourself for this more than most people could imagine but you can’t help how you feel. You lecture yourself constantly to suck it up and stop being so shallow. Because. It. Is. Just. Hair.

    That doesn’t work. It makes you feel worse.

    So on to the poisoning phase. I tried the new, stronger Rogaine for women, which for me was like a rollercoaster that crashed into a wall. Hey look, tiny hairs are growing! Look at all those hairs, they’re an inch long! Wait, they’ve been an inch long for a couple of months now and they’re kind of…clear. And now the sides of my head are almost as bare as the top. Well, darn.

    When I stopped the Rogaine even more hair fell out.

    So I moved on to hats. I bought a little black bowler and it looked kind of cute with my skinny ponytail hanging out the back. Then I bought a couple of straw porkpies and a fedora. I liked the hats, but the problem is that you always have to be wearing a hat. This is not convenient.

    I finally talked myself into going to a wig store. I wasn’t crazy about the idea of a wig because I remembered the wigs my mom wore in the 60s when she didn’t have time to get her hair done. They were like hair-helmets and when I had tried one on I looked like Davy Jones from the Monkees. I’m not going to write about my wig store experience here, I’ll just say it was slightly weird, but I came home almost five hundred bucks poorer with an ash-blonde wig that was a synthetic copy of the bob-with-bangs style I’d worn for years.

    I hated it.

    When I looked in the mirror I felt like I was auditioning for a low budget high school production of Grease. There was so much hair! When you’re used to looking at a head barely covered with puny strands of corn silk well, that’s going to happen. And it was uncomfortable. The wig cap wouldn’t stay on my head; I felt like it was always on the verge of popping off the top of my head and flying around the room like a deflating balloon. The wig slid up the back of my head and I was so self-conscious whenever I wore it. But I tried a wig grip and some hair clips and that worked a little better. I got a little more used to it. A little. I still wore the hats more than I wore the hair.

    A few months later I stumbled on an online wig review. I watched it, then I watched about twelve more in a row. The hair looked so good on real people, I couldn’t believe it. I did some research and finally ordered myself an expensive (but still less than I’d paid at the wig store) 100 percent hand-tied wig, a lovely bob without bangs in a pretty, light blonde. And eventually I did something else that made me feel even better in my wigs— shaved off the little bit of stringy Gollum hair I had left. It’s hard to explain but it’s so much easier for me to see a bald head in the mirror than a balding head, and the wigs are so much more comfortable and secure. It was amazing to be able to put on that hair and feel…almost normal? To take a photo and see myself with a full head of hair. That hadn’t happened for close to thirty years. This wig was the first of many because when people say it gets addicting they’re not lying because it’s so much fun to be able to change your hair to suit your mood or your outfit. I even have a purple one now! And I’ve discovered the most supportive, wonderful bunch of ‘enablers’ on Instagram who make me laugh and make me feel normal and sometimes even make me feel beautiful. I wish I could hug every woman who is just starting this journey and tell her how much better it can be, that she’s still beautiful and sexy and feminine, and most importantly that she’s not alone.

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    • Lori

      Jo – thank you so much for sharing your story. The roller coaster ride is so real. The ups and downs of feeling confident, of feeling ugly, of feeling guilty because you how your feeling, knowing it could be worse, yet still struggling. I know your story will touch others, provide comfort and inspire! Thanks!

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  4. Lisa

    In the mid 70’s my twin sister lost her hair over Christmas break our junior year of high school. I remember the looks she got from students as she wore a knitted beenie with a few strands of hair poking out. I worried, being her twin my hair would fall out too. We later found out she had alopecia.

    About 20 years later my dad lost his hair due to alopecia. I really started to worry. Life at this point in time had dealt me multiple health issues so I justified the fact that “God gave me these issues I don’t have to worry about hair loss!”

    Here it is about 20 years later my hair started falling out, which happens to be a side effect of one of my issues, lupus. I have had lupus since 2002 and never suffered hair loss. One day my husband looked in our bathroom trash and wanted to know where “the rat” came from, as he was looking at all my hair that had fallen out that day. Within a 2 month period my hair was quite thin. If I were to put my hair in a pony tail it was about the thickness of my baby finger. My hair is very sparse, evenly, if that makes sense.

    My daughter had shown me a post on FB of her friends step moms wig store. I thought, cool. My daughter didn’t know I was considering looking at wigs at that point. A week or so later I asked her for the name of the wig shop.

    I called Lori and we hit it off immediately. We have a lot in common. My twin, Lori died 2 years ago. Lori, of Lori’s lemonade stand, had a twin sister named Lisa, which is my name. Lori was surprised when my 2 daughters and grand daughter showed up to her house because when she saw my granddaughter she exclaimed, “I follow you on Twitter!” To my daughter!

    I am not sure the status of my hair loss and where this journey may take me however I have a new friend who is compassionate and is a hair angel! I love my wig! Lori’s lemonade stand was my first and only wig shop I went to. My wig looks real, feels real and the color is close to mine own. I have confidence again in my appearance thanks to Lori!

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    • Lori

      Lisa – it was so wonderful meeting you. It’s so amazing how our lives are so similar, yet opposite. I know my twin Lisa and your twin Lori are talking all about us up in heaven. I hate that it was hair loss that brought us together, but I’m sure glad our paths crossed. You are so sweet and confident! I look forward to many more hair sessions in the future.

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    • Sherry

      Lisa – Thank you for telling your story of your hair loss. But thanks most of all for visiting my daughter’s wig boutique. Lori was so thrilled to have the opportunity to met you, but also to share feelings from the loss of your twin sister. Lori related your story to me and I feel God brought you all together…..

      Love
      Lori & Lisa’s Mom

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  5. Lisa

    Sherry,

    Thank you for your sweet reply. I truly believe there are no accidents! Situations and meetings happen for a reason.

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  6. Gemma

    I first started to lose my hair at the age of 11. I was on holiday in Greece with my family when a chunk of it came out in the shower due to sunburn. I screamed and then spent the rest of the holiday only able to brush it from the ears down. I never dreamed it wouldn’t come back.

    By fourteen it was obvious it wasn’t going to come back. I’d had long, thick brown hair that my mum used to love to brush and blow dry. Her mum never let her grow her hair long so she’d always sworn if she had a daughter she would grow her hair.

    I had to start wearing my hair in a side parting to cover the bald part, mum took me to the doctor who diagnosed Androgenetic Alopecia, Male Pattern Baldness. He told me I would never go bald, but that it would go thin like an old ladies. He advised my parents to buy me Regaine (Rogaine in the US), but only the 5% strength for men. We had to send my dad’s friend to buy it as my dad had too much hair.

    I used Regaine for three years, I cut my hair short in an effort to make it appear fuller but year on year it got thinner. I couldn’t do much with it at all.

    Thinning hair wasn’t my only health concern, I was also obese. Morbidly so. By 23 I was almost 30st in weight. I decided enough was enough and I underwent Gastric Bypass Surgery. I lost a ton of weight within months. Unfortunately my hair loss became worse as a result and I could do even less with it. I used to cry a lot then. I was getting my life back, losing weight, looking the best I had in years but my hair -or lack of it was holding me back. I considered wearing wigs, but everyone would know and I was worried at what they’d think. Some people were cruel about the surgery as it was, saying i’d taken the easy option. I didn’t want them laughing at my hair.

    In 2009, one year after the surgery, I was made redundant and I made the decision to wear a wig in a new job I had. I got a wig on the NHS but it was horrendous. I used my redundancy payout to buy a better one and within a few months I found the style I loved. Revlon Romance in Cherry Cola. I wore that style for four years and not many people knew. The daft thing is, despite not wanting people to know, I was first to tell them.
    If anyone said anything nice about my hair, my auto response was “thanks, its a wig”. One of my cousins used to always say “I like your hair”, I’d laugh and say “it hasn’t changed”. It was my way of coping with it.

    Relationships aren’t always easy, this is a major cause for concern with young women. I’ve had my share of horrid dates where the guy has freaked when I said I wore a wig. I’m lucky I have found a wonderful partner who is very supportive – he picked his favourite of my wigs from my collection and makes me feel beautiful with or without my hair on. Guys like him are out there so if you are worried about it – just keep looking, be honest with potential dates, if he’s a good one, he will be supportive.

    Nowadays, I am still very open about my hair loss. I have my wigs delivered to work and the receptionist is always keen to see what they look like on me. I’ve been sat by the pool wingless and last night whilst on here on holiday in Greece, I removed my wig partially in a cocktail bar to show off my tattoo. I got my scalp tattooed this summer to help me feel better about looking in the mirror with no hair. I have a collection of synthetic wigs. I’ve had human hair wigs too but prefer the choice in synthetic and to be honest- I do not miss styling hair!

    I’ve worn wigs for so long now, I wouldn’t want my natural hair back if you paid me – I love wearing wigs. It’s been a long journey and for many women starting out on their own hair loss journey I just want to say that it does get easier, with time, you will come to accept it and hopefully like me, you may even come to love the lifestyle alternative hair gives you. Stay strong and be positive.

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    • Lori

      Gemme – thank you so much for sharing! I love hearing stories of transformation. From a scared 11 year old, worried 23 year old, to an amazing woman who is an supporter/advocate for others in similar situations. I’m glad I get to now call you “friend”.

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      • Gemma

        Thank you so much Lori! I love how you have also used your experience to help other women. We need to support each other and newbies to hairloss. It gives me strength knowing I may help someone xx

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  7. Hair Loss Diaries - Michelle Wilson-Stimson

    I have suffered with alopecia now for nearly 3 years. I know some people who have had it for 2 months and others, 20 years…. So why do we still not know how to effectively treat it? Or better still, what actually causes it!
    I am a curve model, photographer and business woman. I have 3 children – 2 adults and one 12 year old. I have a busy life, one with so many variables, influences, issues and strains that I didn’t notice the impact this all had on me until one day at age 39, it all caught up with me and my hair started to fall out.
    What first started as hair coming away whenever I brushed it, quickly turned into small patches of hair missing; patches about the size of a 5p coin. I was instantly concerned but not overly worried at this point, a few months back I had a nerve block injection in the back of my head for migraine pain relief and I just assumed it was a reaction to that. How wrong I was.
    Over the weeks more and more hair seemed to vanish in my sleep. Fortunately (if you can use that word), the hair that was falling out at this stage, was just at the back underneath and the top layer of my long hair was thick enough to hide it well. Yet I still didn’t really think about it that much – I am a busy woman with businesses to run, a home and children, so time to think about my hair was the last on my list.
    Things got worse, fast. 5 months after my hair initially started to fall out I was left with literally no hair on the whole back right side of my head, my once thick hair now thin and sparse.
    Now I was worried, very worried. It started to affect me, started to affect the things I did, the person I was, I didn’t even recognise the person I was becoming – I was always playing with my hair – pushing it around my shoulders so it hid the missing baldness. It made me feel so conscious and attacked my self-esteem. I started to suffer with social anxiety, worried what people thought of me, making excuses to avoid social situations. I started to fall into a deep depression and loneliness, this hair loss was no longer just a cosmetic issue.
    I would look in the mirror on my own at home and just cry, sometimes I would cry for hours. I always tried to stay strong in front of others and hide my feelings, very occasionally my husband would see me cry or I would break down in front of him, I hated showing others the pain it gave me, I didn’t want to appear vain, or have others talk behind my back. Every day I could hear people’s words, words of people I knew, words of people I didn’t, these words were only in my subconscious but what if they were real? “She’s got everything else I don’t know why she’s so upset”
    “She has nothing to be worried about it’s just hair, she could be seriously ill”.
    In ways, some of these words were right, I could have been ‘seriously ill’ but how foolish I was to not realise that I was seriously ill. The way I felt, the pain I suffered daily, the anxiety, the constant voices in my head, the depression and of course not forgetting the hair loss itself. The way it plays on your mind is most strange. I even became embarrassed about being conscious of it – like I shouldn’t deserve to be.
    These feeling pushed me to go back to my doctors, I was becoming more depressed and honestly an emotional mess.
    My doctor who previously expressed little concern with my hair loss, now stated paying attention and referred me to a dermatologist suggesting I had Alopecia.
    I was happy to be finally getting some headway towards answers as to why I had hair missing, what it was, why it was happening, what had a caused it! But now I was worried, in this moment, I remembered a close friend of mine from when I was just 16. She lost all of her hair to Alopecia – her whole body and it never grew back. Would that happen to me?
    So, in my usual fashion – I spent hours researching it and started talking to others about it. Fascinatingly I discovered many, many people have suffered or were suffering with some form of patchy hair loss but nobody felt comfortable to openly talk about, everyone is too concerned on other’s opinions and very, very conscious of it. Sadly, we live in a world where we are constantly judged by what we eat, how much we weigh, what colour our hair is, how white our teeth are, even by the clothes we wear. So really there is no surprise.
    I had to wait for what seemed like months before I saw the dermatologist. It was a long enough wait of 10 weeks but it felt so much longer when I just wanted answers. I was worried I’d never have hair again!
    The dermatologist was a funny man, made me laugh. Initially he went through my history and he wanted to discuss when the hair first started falling out, what I was doing both then and 3 months prior, my feelings, any issues, any STRESS. I remember laughing and saying, yes I’ve been stressed, I have 2 businesses to run which pull me in opposite directions and both require 100% of my time, I have a busy home with 2 adult children and 1 ten year old (at the time). In May I had thrown a wedding party which had caused me some stresses during the planning – more so in that I felt people were talking behind my back and calling me bridezilla! We were then asked to move out of our lovely little home that we were renting as the owner wanted to sell, this meant we had to lose our very beloved dog as our new home didn’t allow pets. Finally, and the most sad, my husband’s nan was killed in a car crash a week before our wedding party. As you can imagine, none of these things, really put us in the mood to celebrate.
    Well that’s it, he said. I have no doubt that this hair loss has been brought on by stress. He looked closely at my bald patches and put my mind at rest that the follicles were there – but sleeping.
    I didn’t realise at the time that I had been under so many emotional journeys all at once, talking about them made me realise – my stress and anxieties brought upon me were being developed into an internal destruction of my hair! Stress had induced alopecia and wasn’t going away until I was no longer under stress. It had kick started my immune system in kill mode…. kill off my hair follicles.
    The dermatologist injected steroids directly into my bald patches to stimulate the hair growth and gave me a course of steroid tablets for 4 weeks – after this I had to go back and see him for a check up. I left feeling miserable and very sore.
    I started taking the steroids and within a few weeks I noticed patches of hair growth in the area of the injections. It worked! I was thrilled, my hair was coming back in the big ugly bald patch I had.
    However, after some months, although the steroid injections did indeed make the hair grow back it was only in very small areas. I was also left with huge craters were the collagen had collapsed so I was now a patchy and indented head monster! I literally sat crying for days. I sunk into further depression and began to accept I’d never look the way I did again. It was at that moment I decided I’d have to start looking for a wig. I could see the top was now starting to disappear in patches and if that did what the bottom part did then I’d be bald fairly quickly. I looked up and down for good wigs, one that would replicate what I had before. I found a few companies that seemed great but they were so expensive. I could never afford them. This made me even more unhappy. I couldn’t buy a cheap synthetic wig as they look shiny in photos – I am a model and at the time had a contract with a TV company for weekly fashion shoots. I didn’t know what to do.
    My family could see the distress I was in, so my daughter took things into her own hands and decided to set up a just giving page for my new wig. She shared it amongst her friends and family and slowly people kindly donated money for my new wig. I was overjoyed at the generosity of some people. I say some as not everyone was happy to see a just giving page for hair. I was branded vain, told I wasn’t ill and therefore shouldn’t be using the Just Giving page for such a cosmetic item, etc etc. They didn’t understand how I felt and that broke my heart.
    When the money came in, we had enough for 50% of the cost, my hubby told me he would put the other 50% in for me. He worked extra hours and weekends to make up that money but he did it and I bought my first wig from a lovely lady called Vanessa at Glamourous Butterfly. She was so helpful and lovely and made my wig buying experience an easy one.
    The day the wig came I felt so happy, I could wear hair and look the same as I did before. Now I could concentrate on getting better because I had hair to wear – hair to make me look like me again – I was able to model and go out without feeling like a weirdo hairless beast.
    From buying and wearing one wig I then went on to get exclusive contracts with other wig companies who gave me free hair in return for modelling for them. I met some amazing people at Manderville of London, now if you want your own hair back you see these guys. I cannot begin to explain how great their wigs are. Not only that, but also how kind, understanding and thoughtful they all are.
    Having these wigs really did improve my mood I started to feel a little better inside. I still had days where I sat and cried but they were becoming fewer. At least I had my wigs to cover up my ugly!
    6 months passed and I decided to go back and see my dermatologist. I wanted to get answers to why my hair was still falling out and how I could fix it. Having the wigs was great but I still felt low and I couldn’t swim or sleep in them and the thought of going away or on holiday was a no go. There were always moments when I was reminded of my hair loss.
    Following my appointment, I started to feel as though my dermatologist wasn’t taking me seriously, the earlier indents made me very unhappy and the hair that had grown back had now fallen out again. I was now also experiencing a strong burning sensation but only on the top of my head where the hair was – not on the bald patches. I relied less on the professionals I was supposed to trust and did more of my own research, including speaking to others who had or were suffering with alopecia.
    I spoke to my cousin, Charlotte (see her story below) as she had received medication to help her hair growth. Once I found out what she was being treated with I went back to the dermatologist and requested he try the same. I was dumb founded to hear he wasn’t able to prescribe the treatment as it wasn’t available to me under his care? Surely all dermatologists should be the same? No – they are not! Feeling really unhappy I left and decided I needed to take things into my own hands.
    I paid to see another dermatologist privately to get a second opinion. Luckily, this one gave me far more options and we discussed the treatment my cousin had tried. However, it was a chemotherapy drug (taken by mouth) and was very strong. I needed blood tests, x-rays and that was even before I could take it! Once you had started taking it you had to have weekly blood tests…. I was a little put off. I was asked to make another appointment once the bloods and x-ray were complete. I left – again feeling low. Why was it that the treatment that could make my hair grow back (but not 100% effective) was so bad for me and the rest of my body?
    Back to google and the internet I came across a book by Vera Pieffer. “Regrowing Hair Naturally”. I thought, there must be another way, there must be some other reason I have no hair left!
    I bought the book and read it cover to cover on the day I received it. It opened my eyes to so many things. It included;
    Different types of hair loss
    Side-effects of conventional treatment
    What tests you should ask for
    Causes of hair loss: physical, emotional and other factors
    Replacing toxic dental fillings
    Getting rid of parasites
    Hydrating the body
    Self-testing for thyroid health
    Self-hypnosis for relaxation and hairgrowth
    Detoxing body and scalp
    Exercises that help hairgrowth
    Avoiding the wrong hair care products
    Therapies that help
    What to do until your hair grows back
    How hair or nail sample analysis can help
    Success stories
    I was thrilled to have something else to focus on that could help. Vera suggests in the book to have your hair (if you have any left) analysed for issues that could cause the hair loss.
    It was £195 to have the hair testing completed which provided a full breakdown and analysis of what was causing my hair some strain and lack of growth. I can honestly say it is the most effective use of £195 I have ever spent. – certainly, the most valuable. The report came back and I was in total dismay at its contents.
    It informed me there was MULITPLE reasons for my hair loss. They included intolerances to Gluten, Milk Protein, chocolate, Alcohol, most breads, wheats. I had a high mercury level in my blood, all of this could be poisoning my hair follicles and killing them off. I didn’t understand, I had previously had allergy testing at the doctors and none of this had been picked up? Regardless, the report was so extensive I immediately decided to change my life and my eating habits and I can honestly say, I haven’t looked back since.
    Within 3 months of stopping everything I had intolerances to, my hair started to sprout back through – slowly but surely it was growing in the same pattern that it fell out.
    I wasn’t on a diet – I was on a life changing plan – I was only eating what my body could handle! Everyone should have a hair test and find out these things, not only did my hair grow back but I also lost 2 stone in weight, I can eat WHATEVER I like within my allowable foods (so not those I’m intolerant too) and I do not gain weight. That’s cakes, chips, even kebabs! (As long as they are gluten/milk free).
    2 years on from the date it started to fall out and it was growing back. It was still falling out on top but the back was growing – it was enough for me to see a light at the end of a once never-ending tunnel.
    I’m now at my 3-year point and I have a full hair on the back of my head again, however I am nearly bald on top. I’ve gone from looking like I had an extreme undercut to now looking like a monk!
    I really do believe all my old hair has to fall out first. It was so damaged with stress and inflammation from such a wrong diet and lifestyle for me – it needs a fresh start. I have about an inch of old hair left to go now.
    I still have to wear wigs daily – or hats, but I’ve grown used to that, but I am seeing improvements daily, not just in my hair growth but in my emotions too.

    My cousin Charlotte also suffered with alopecia, she also wanted to share her story to help raise awareness of the condition and the effects stress has on your body.
    Charlottes Story
    My alopecia story started back in April 2014. It started off with only a tiny bald patch at the back of my head. It just escalated from there! Before I knew it I had patches forming all over my head particularly one right at the front of my head which was very noticeable! I even had my friends on patch patrol on nights out so if one of my patches was exposed they could quickly tell me and I would adjust my hair to cover the patches.
    I started off with creams but they didn’t work at all, then I moved onto steroid injections directly onto the patches and a long course of Methotrexate, Folic Acid and steroids. During my treatment, I was lucky enough that my mum was friends with Neagle Cathcart who founded a company called Mane. They created some amazing products specifically for hair thinning however it works wonders on alopecia patches too. This spray would instantly cover my patches and no one would ever know I had alopecia, I could go swimming with the spray in my hair, it wouldn’t run in the rain and it only took some shampoo and conditioner to rinse the spray out of my hair. You could also sleep in the spray and it won’t run onto your pillow. The spray really helped get me through one of the toughest times of my life.
    For me especially, having alopecia really ruined my self-esteem and confidence even more than it already was, I was never really happy with the way I looked and never felt pretty or beautiful anyway. So then for my hair to start falling out (which was the only thing I really got complimented on) it just broke me down. I thought that, that’s it, all my hair is going to fall out and it’s never going to grow back again. Obviously, you start to fear the worst.
    But in around May 2015 the treatment started to work and my hair started to grow back in all the patches. Of course, it’s a lot shorter than the rest of my hair but the main thing was that my hair was growing back! I felt normal again. Now my hair looks almost normal and you would never know I had alopecia.
    I had heard of alopecia before but never ever thought that it would happen to me. The doctors came to the conclusion that my alopecia was caused due to stress. I don’t think people understand that alopecia can creep up on you at any point and you don’t even realise how stressed you are until your body starts expressing it in ways you couldn’t even imagine! I never realised how common alopecia actually is and now I have gone through it, experienced what the condition can do to you mentally and physically I want to do whatever I can to help people who are going through the condition. I want to share my success story so that hopefully it can help others with their alopecia and enlighten people about the condition so that they will be able to cope better with their alopecia journey!
    Discovery
    Since talking about Alopecia and discovering so many others have been affected by it including my own cousin Charlotte, I am starting to feel more confident again. I’m relieved the hair follicles are still there, which has made me relax about the condition as I know through relaxation it will grow back. I’ve also started reflexology and yoga classes. This experience of hair loss has made me realise just how much our systems are affected through visible and invisible forces!
    Stress and diet play huge part to kick starting alopecia. Keeping healthy through exercise, good diet and meditation with yoga should keep your systems on the straight and narrow.
    I hope this article helps raise awareness to the condition and maybe offer some advice to others who may be silently suffering. It really does help too talk, you too might be surprised by who has had some form of hair loss amongst your friends and family.

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  8. Lisa

    I have struggled with thin hair most of my adult life. But it wasn’t until I was hospitalized from malnutrition that it really started to effect my body. I also struggle with a disability and medication does not help. So here I am a 40 year old woman with not only a physical disability but now I have issues with my hair. I’ve tried shampoos,sprays, hair stimulator( you know the kind) As I recovered my hair was the last to go now in clumps everyday I am scared to brush it because it’s getting worse and worse. I started right away with more economical wigs just to see what I like. Then I was ready make an investment in a quality wig. After much research as I could take I was lucky to stumble on Lori’s site. I reached out to her to see if I could get a appointment. She responded right away and accommodated my request with the first date I was available. Let me just say if you are able to get out her way a session with her is a must!! She has so much patience and knowledge really went out of her way. This made my experience so pleasurable just like hanging out with your girlfriend. I left with a beautiful wig (Kai ROP) at a great price with some extra knowledge. She is one of a kind.

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