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AndyWood View Drop Down

Joined: 31/October/2016
Location: Surrey
Points: 9
Post Options Post Options   Quote AndyWood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30/March/2017 at 1:22pm
I'm having to shave my head at least every two days and it is of course still noticeable but when I first shaved my head I was very conscious of what people thought but I shouldn't have been and in fact my confidence has returned thankfully, in all honesty I'm quite happy to remain shaven but you just need to take the obvious precautions with sunlight etc, my advice to any males would be to shave but clearly you ladies probably wouldn't want to take that option.
Thanks for your helpful advice though.
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Curtains View Drop Down

Joined: 09/December/2016
Location: North Yorkshire
Points: 2
Post Options Post Options   Quote Curtains Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03/April/2017 at 6:14pm
Hi there,

My hair seems to be similar to yours in style - a chin length straight bob.   I was diagnosed with AA last summer, and although one patch has grown back, the worst (on the top, unfortunately) have progressed and I have acquired quite a bit of loss at the nape of my neck too.

I have just today had an 'Enchantop' hair topper cut for me by my hairdresser, and I have to say that I'm absolutely thrilled with the result.  I've been doing creative things with scarves thanks to videos on Youtube (quite successful), tried a synthetic top piece (not very good - texture not similar enough to my own hair) but today had a 'Beautiful Betsy' hair topper cut by my hairdresser to match my own remaining hair.  I'm absolutely thrilled with the result, which looks very natural and actually makes me feel much more glamorous than I did before I lost my hair!  The advantage of having a real hair piece is that it can be styled at the same time as your own hair and as a result blends in beautifully.  Have a look at the website -, and see what you think.  Happy to send you some photos of my own 'do' if that would give you any encouragement!

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Galakyle View Drop Down

Joined: 05/April/2017
Location: Uk
Points: 4
Post Options Post Options   Quote Galakyle Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20/April/2017 at 7:07pm
I have so many beard patches, loads of white hair regrowth but getting more patches.

Is the white hair good?

Does it ever come back to its original colour ?

I look like a Dalmatian HELP
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Jack_Zijdenbos View Drop Down

Joined: 18/May/2017
Location: Sevenoaks
Points: 5
Post Options Post Options   Quote Jack_Zijdenbos Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19/May/2017 at 1:44am
Hello All, 
Well, the one thing I can recommend first of all, is to embrace whats happening, don't get upset or disheartened :) 
There are so many treatments out there, but, sadly not all of them work for all of us. There are of course, the treatments done in hospital or specialised clinics, or there are the 'weirder' home remedies! Try gently scrubbing the area with a sponge, and applying some tiger balm, I've seen some great results with that simple trick! Ginger also works well. I would really advise acupuncture, it worked wonders for me the first time round!
You can of course, try a wig or a hairpiece. For me, this was not ideal. Though the wig looked very realistic, you have to be prepared for the hassle, it does need cleaning, it can rip, it can look fake, and you have to be prepared, that in some situations (when going swimming or meeting new people) it can be tough to explain the wig. However, most people around me, found it more cool than weird, so don't worry about people judging you :) 

If you do decide to just let the alopecia takes it's course, I would recommend totally shaving all your head hair off, and then using a razor blade to shave on a daily basis. This agitates the skin, and improves blood flow, these are the two things that most of the 'treatments' aim to achieve. 

I wish you all the best of luck, 
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principessa View Drop Down
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Joined: 30/November/2005
Location: United Kingdom
Points: 105
Post Options Post Options   Quote principessa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31/August/2017 at 11:26pm
Hi, having suffered with AA for 12 years I finally took the plunge and shaved off my hair... It's strangely liberating... Fortunately i have a very understanding husband... It's very odd but seems more manageable... Albeit draughty! Mine was coming through white with new growth and was different lengths... Looked a complete sight! I wear wigs so decided to try it... I've ordered some pretty vintage headbands so when I go 'sans wig' I won't feel so naked...... I'd post a photo but not sure how Xx
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Joined: 12/September/2017
Location: Lichfield
Points: 1
Post Options Post Options   Quote dder2203 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02/October/2017 at 1:36pm
I was stung or bitten twice on bank holiday Monday...I took a couple of anti histamines and thought that would be it....I had a bad night itching on the hand that was bitten/stung....Monday the itching got worse spreading to my head and behind my ears...then it started burning and my hair started falling out...literally...I would feel the itch then a burning sensation then my hair would fall out from that place....Tues morn went to GP....Thurs saw senior GP Fri morning was seen by senior consultant dermatologist who said that they had never seen such speed with hair loss....within a week it was all gone...along with half my eyebrows and all my lashes...steroids and dermovate helped....and now one month on my eyebrows are eyelashes growing as well and bottom ones more slowly.....I am 65 and so it is not as bad for me....most men have hair loss or are bald/shaved at that age.....but to go from a pretty full head of hair to none in a week was a real shock...looking in the mirror was distressing....but strangely enough now that the itching and burning has stopped feel much better....but I had no bald spots...nothing untoward in the myriad blood tests...on the face of it nothing to show what had happened just an intense itching then a burning sensation then out it came....yours is the first instance of a burning sensation I have come across....were you bitten or stung??
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