My Son Lost all his hair at 2 1/2 years old. Now he is 12.

Up until November 2013, he had little to no hair. That all changed a month later. In December 2013, His hair has started to grow back. He has regained about a 1/3rd of the hair back, with lots of new ones coming in.

Would anyone know what triggers a regrowth? I would like to help him grow even more hair back. Its a very confusing condition.

He is not taking any medication, so that is not a factor.

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Comment by Sarah Elizabeth on November 12, 2014 at 7:45am

I lost all of my hair when I was that age as well. Around eighth grade (when I was 12) my body made a change by going through puberty. Ever since then my hair decided to grow and stay... up until about three months ago (I am now 23). Nobody really knows what triggers regrowth especially if you are not on any medication to treat the hair loss. That sure is great news though!

Comment by Hauye on November 12, 2014 at 12:17pm
Thank you!!
Comment by Rose Marie' on November 13, 2014 at 2:11pm


You are right this is a very confusing condition, and sadly we have very little control of its outcomes.  My daughter was diagnosed with alopecia when she was 12...she is now 23 years old.  For the first 10 years after her diagnosis she had continued bouts of regrowth and loss...on a couple of occasions she grew back about 97% of her hair...but it did fall out again.  Natural remission is not unusual. During those years my daughter never took any medications or treatments.  Her remissions were totally spontaneous and natural. 

She has since been diagnosed with Crohn's disease.  With this condition she has had to take very strong steroids and immunosuppressants.  Her hair has been effected with these drugs but not in a long term sustainable way. Prednisone does allow hair to grow, but once you are off the drug (and if you aren't in a natural remission) your hair will once again fall out.  We have noticed very little improvement of her alopecia with the use of the immunosuppressants she is taking (we are seeing good signs for her crohn's though).

In short there is no answers that anybody (even the doctors can give you to help 100%).


Comment by itzmejudy on December 30, 2014 at 11:10am

Its a guessing game for all but I think hormones increasing in puberty may help for awhile but I think when they level out he may get haieloss again. But I am not a Dr. I am just guessing. Best of luck for your son.

Comment by tryingtobestrong on March 31, 2015 at 3:04pm

Our alopecia specialist at Cleveland Clinic said puberty can be a trigger for loss or regrowth.  Unfortunately for my daughter it appears to be a trigger for loss.  Good luck to your son.


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