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As a kid whenever I saw a fountain or a wishing spiral, I always asked my mom for a penny or a dime to toss in. When she gave one to me I would hold the coin, close my eyes and wish as hard as I could that I would grow hair. Every single birthday wish, fountain wish and falling star wish, was the same wish since I could remember. I didn’t wish for toys or candy or anything a normal kid would want. I think back to that little girl and I find my self smiling at how silly I was to want…

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Added by Hoody-kenz on June 28, 2015 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Off with zee wigs..again...hello hair

Well, once again my hair is at a level where I can get away with not wearing wigs, I even went to the hairdresser in the past weekend!

I notice my lifestyle and choices really do make a difference with the amount of hairloss I experience...caffeine, refined sugars,,,smoking..alcohol and a few others…

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Added by Mjay on June 28, 2015 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

Me Tank Girl AKA Cassie

Ok, This Web Site I know will help a lot of people!

First time Talking about my self on a web site.

Hi am Cassie.

I lost all my hair when I was 4 years old. I am 23.

I have had this for so long now. Living in the dark by myself with this is something of my life.

I have been wearing a hair piece since I was 10 years old.

My step mom started to do hair pieces, be for I lots my hair.

My hair is not the biggest thing that has happened to…

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Added by Tank Girl on June 27, 2015 at 3:30am — No Comments

Why Tank Girl?

Tank Girl!!! From a Comic Book

Why Tank Girl?

Well I love this Character's personality as I look up to her. She does not take any crap from no one!

Even, having a shaved head or no hair in some of her Comics, she makes it look good!!

Added by Tank Girl on June 27, 2015 at 2:48am — No Comments

Diffuse alopecia areata

Hi everyone:



I've been having daily diffuse hair loss since Sept. 2014. Starting in Nov. 2014, I started losing eyelashes, brows and nose hairs all diffuse too. I've noticed that my hair comes back but others then fall out. I have hashimotos thyroid but my thyroid levels are normal because I am taking levothyroxine. I've been to several derms. They've all thought telogen effluvium but this past week, the derm told me she believes its diffuse alopecia areata. She didn't give me a… Continue

Added by Jlhollow on June 25, 2015 at 2:08pm — 2 Comments

Alopecia Family Research

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Hello,

I have been a member of this community for quite sometime and enjoy the blogs of those individuals seeking help from others with the disease. I am writing because I am a Doctoral graduate student at TWU and…

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Added by Barbara Buchanan on June 25, 2015 at 11:45am — 2 Comments

16, bald, and feeling great!

I've had Alopecia since I was 8 years old and I used to look at it as rather a negative thing. As I am becoming an adult I am starting to realize that Alopecia has shaped me into a better person. I look back on everything and I wonder what kind of person I would have been without having Alopecia comparatively to who I am today....if I would have like who I saw in the mirror? No..I don't think I would have. Alopecia has given me my own kind of confidence while still maintaining consideration…

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Added by Miranda_m on June 22, 2015 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Make the best of things :)

A month from now will make a year that I was no longer able to hide my alopecia & chose to cover it with wigs. Last spring I had a head full of hair & the promise from doctors that the two itty bitty patches hidden underneath all my thick hair could be taken care of. They were wrong, my alopecia had different plans & abruptly made an even bigger appearance as it quickly diffused over my whole head. I was always the girl who kept my hair long, I hated even going to get my ends… Continue

Added by Melissa on June 20, 2015 at 10:11pm — No Comments

Happy personal post for me c:

I had a spiritual awakening.

I notice my soul more than my appearance.

I am bald and I am beautiful.

So happy that this is the year, I'm so glad it has come. After 8 years, finally, I've been able to look in the mirror and not feel disgust. I am still bald, but I am still living and kickin. I'm not gonna let it bring me down anymore, 8 years is too long to be hating myself. 

I've grown to love who I am on the inside, not the outside.

I am different and I…

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Added by Elishah Villafuerte on June 20, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

I'm going backwards

I feel like I am going backwards right now and I feel like this is a place where I can articulate and discuss these feelings. 

Last summer I had got to my peak of acceptance for my alopecia. I was happily alternating between my many wigs, scarfs and going bare headed, which I was particularly enjoying the freedom of with my new found confidence. I had another tattoo on my head (I already had one) and had come to a point of seeing alopecia as a quirky part of my identity. 

Then…

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Added by Lyndsey Pitchford on June 16, 2015 at 12:21pm — 4 Comments

Pregnancy and alopecia

I've recently had a baby and through out my pregnancy my hair started coming back!!! But since giving birth it's started to fall out again! Had this happened to anyone else? And have you tried to take pregnancy hormones like eatrogen through medication to stimulate the follicles? Desperate

Added by sarah bradley on June 15, 2015 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

After the Shave

A couple of cute things happened after I shaved my head. My 5 yr old daughter asked me to put my hair back on. Then the next day when I picked her up from daycare, I wasn't wearing my scrub cap. When I walked into her room, she tells all the other kids, "see I told you my doesn't have hair" then she gave me a big hug.

Added by Tanya40 on June 14, 2015 at 11:39pm — 5 Comments

Is it normal that I have suffered alopecia for 28 years and it doesn't get better!

Actually is getting worse and worse. My doctor thinks that is my stress level which is little higher than normal so he diagnosed me with Xanax, it keeps me calm but my hair is completely disappearing from every part of my body, now, I DONT HAVE THE LEFT EYEBROW and I feel like crap. My husband tells me that I'm beautiful, my daughter has 11 and tells me that I'm as beautiful outside as I am inside and I seriously appreciate it BUT I DON'T BELIEVE IT!!! I know for some I'm dramatic but I refuse… Continue

Added by Kitty on June 14, 2015 at 5:36pm — 3 Comments

I'm officially "out" at work!

Thursday night I was really feeling the effects of work stress. My hairline was all inflamed and itchy. I didn't sleep well, and the next day was really hot. I couldn't face painting on my damn eyebrows. I decided to let it all hang out on Friday. I pushed the hair back revealing my hairloss, and went to school sans brows. I was really self conscious at first. I work at a school, and I didn't know what the kids would say. They can be brutally honest at times. So when they asked, I told them… Continue

Added by Chris on June 13, 2015 at 7:50pm — 4 Comments

The Shaving Ritual: Induction into the Cult of Bald

I've noticed that the dominant narrative on AW is one of all or nothing. Whether one has bald spots all over and only a few strands of hair holding on, or one just has a couple of spots that can easily be concealed, she is admonished to just shave it all off rather than worrying or obsessing about it all falling out. This is usually done with the rationale of "taking back control", control being an inherently illusory concept. Once one does the ritual shaving they are a de facto initiate into… Continue

Added by Dominique Cleopatra on June 13, 2015 at 10:05am — 4 Comments

So why does it matter?

So my hair at the front and sides has gradually - oh so gradually - disappeared. And my hairbrush is forever having to be stripped bare. And for the first time in my life I have to use hairspray, just to hold down the carefully arranged styling to cover the seeming acres of flesh. Why does it matter? I am still the same person. I am 64, not young and needing to prove a thing. Who looks at older women in any case? We are universally invisible. So why should I care?

But I do. I care…

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Added by DeniseC on June 13, 2015 at 5:45am — 5 Comments

Just received positive biopsy for Lichen Planopilaris

I am kind of lost for words…..  The nurse called and left me a voice message telling me I do have Lichen Planopilaris, that's it!  Prescribed Minocycline but have not received any other information from the doctor.  Thankfully, I found this site!!!  Thank you to everyone for sharing your story, advice, and support!

p.s. Does anyone know of a Specialists in Albuquerque, NM? 

Added by LDW on June 11, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Everyone's coping mechanism is different - although hard - ACCEPTANCE

Happy Thursday! I have not been on the site for awhile. I have eyelashes, brows, etc. I am 59 years old/young.  In this pic I am wearing a wig OR I call them my "Girlfriends".   I have been dealing with my alopecia for several years.  Last June and in memory of my BFF losing her fight to the Big C I shaved it OFF.  So this month is my anniversary. I watch her fight so hard.  She never knew about my condition and so I shared it with her. I had not shaved my head…

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Added by South PAW on June 11, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

....and the sun will shine again!

Hello My Fellow Hair Challenged Friends,

Yes-I have a story. We ALL have a story regarding how and when it began. My alopecia started 16 years ago, I was 25 and noticed two hairless spots on my otherwise hairy head. My derm diagnosed me swiftly and coldly; injections began. Regrowth, fall out, repeat. And then one day it became clear that mine was a losing battle. A Freedom Wig came, and eventually tattooed eyebrows...Although I detest them, I'm known to put on false lashes now and…

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Added by julie on June 11, 2015 at 12:25pm — 1 Comment

Femininity

I think the best option for any person with hair loss is to do what feels good to them, no one has the right to dictate to anyone how they should feel.

We as a society are so quick to point out to women that we need hair to make us feel feminine, sadly most

people don't realize that femininity comes from within, it's about being true to yourself, finding your inner

strength and self respect and being proud of who you are inside. Then and only Then will your outer self be…

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Added by Perfectly, Imperfect on June 11, 2015 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

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