New to the forum and looking for any advice!

Hi everyone, 

I found out three months ago that I have female pattern hair loss. My hair had been disintegrating for over a year but I didn't know what was causing it. I'm in my mid twenties and have a brother a year younger who's losing his hair too. I knew my dad went bald at a young age, but never in a million years would have guessed I could inherit the hair loss as a girl. 

My dermatologist has me taking 200mg spironolactone and using the 5% minoxidil foam. I'm still losing piles of hair every day.  The hair that's still on my head is so thin and fragile because of the miniaturization. It's basically the consistency of a spiderweb and it's broken off at different lengths all over my head. I'm starting PRP injections too but haven't seen any results and I'm scared that no treatments are going to work. Is female pattern hair loss harder to treat when it happens at a young age?

My main question is whether anyone else with female pattern hair loss has found any wigs, toppers, etc. that work for them?? I started looking into it and realized any toppers, extensions, or wigs with clips would just break off my hair where they attach. Then I though I could get a full wig, but had a consultation last week and they told me I couldn't wear one that would stay on and look natural unless I shaved my head. Getting some sort of hair system was kind of my light at the end of the tunnel and now it's looking like there's no options. I guess everybody here knows how scary and lonely this is!

Any thoughts or advice would be very much appreciated!!!

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Comment by Eve on June 29, 2017 at 5:40am
Hormonal related alopecia can be treated with finasteride 0.25% topical solution or oral finasteride. Ask Dermatologist about this for women's alopecia. Depression can be a side effect so if you are a candidate, stop taking it if you get a sinking depression. We feel,bad enough without drug induced depressive side effects. FYI- Steroid injections cause dents in the head ask about that. Also organic castor oil, warmed and applied to the scalp then wrap the head with a cotton bandana or teri cloth wrap once or twice per week is said to thicken and soften hair and promote new growth. That is all the info I have so far. Don't let it get you down. I'm trying to be my own best advocate by research and counting my blessings everyday. This is not life threatening and my best friend in my late teens wore a wig and I thought nothing of it. Also some hats can be very stylish. I lost my eyebrows and eyelashes first. I got my eyebrows tattooed on. Microblading is popular as it looks like hair. I used minoxidil & castor oil treatments on my brows and surprisingly 75% have regrown.I used Lattise on my eyes and my lashes came back! My alopecia is frontal fibrosing alopecia it is red and inflamed folicles that scar and die supposedly an auto-immune disorder but hormones changes trigger hair loss in many cases. Ask your Dermatologist about the relationship of your alopecia & your brothers to hormone changes.
Comment by JanieMH on July 3, 2017 at 12:34pm

Thanks!! I'll look into those options

Comment by Katie on July 6, 2017 at 12:29am

Hello! I'm 17 and I recently just got a wig topper. It matches my hair color and it looks natural. No one notices the difference so now I feel like my old self! For me, there are bobby pins inside of the topper so I can easily just attach it to my head. It is like a regular bobby pin except there are three of them. They don't really pull on my head unless I bend down. It is quite comfortable and I don't feel the difference. I would suggest getting one. But you should first try it on. It also depends what kind of topper you get and how it adjusts. Toppers are great! They look natural and they just add on to your preexisting hair! I was hesitant of getting one for the same reason. But they are really comfortable! Hope this helps!

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