I'm very new to all this. Though I started to lose my hair 6 months ago, I managed to ignore it until about two weeks ago. Now it seems like it is gaining speed, though I might just be truly looking at it for the first time. For now, one can't really tell as I still have enough of my own hair to cover the patches. But I think the time is coming...I want to be prepared. I have been trying to research, but it's all new to me. I have two specific questions. First: How does one shave one's head? Can I do it myself? Second: Does anyone have a wig they truly love? I appreciate all the wisdom and support on this site.

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Hi!
I just went through this, last week.
I did it myself.....with the help of my husband. We literally made it a family affair, because he shaved his head & our 2 sons want theirs done this week.
My hair was almost to my shoulders, so I took scissors to it & whacked it off as much as I could. Then, I had my husband go over it with the clippers. Then we razored it.
It was seriously the most rewarding, most exhilirating thing I think I've ever done.
I didn't want to go out & have it done, becuase you always end up having to explain, you never know how people will react &then you have those who will try to talk you out of it.
You'll know when you're ready & when you are & finally take that step, you'll be amazed by how good it feels!
Also, I've had 2 wigs over the past 10yrs I've battled AA. I hated both of them, although I did get lots of compliments on one of them. I just felt so fake. So I stuck with baseball caps.......my collection would put any man to shame!!:)) Then I went into a "remission" of sorts & only since I had my daughter in May has it gotten bad enough to warrant a shave.
I bought 2 wigs, before I shaved & the last one I bought, I ABSOLUTELY love!
I'll have to post a pic of it.
Anyways......
I hope you can find some comfort!
Thanks for sharing your experience, strength and hope. I am not to the shaving point...it still is undetectable except in a blustery wind! But I am trying to research so I am ready. You helped me a lot.
Hi

It is an awfully big decision to shave your head and only you will know when the time is right for you. This condition is so very unpredictable it is hard to guage what is going to happen. I understand that you are trying to prepare yourself. But with alopecia areata you just don't know. Your hair may fully come back tomorrow (we live in hope :)) If not then, yes, you can shave it yourself and if you were to do that I think it would be good to have a loved one or close friend nearby for support. It can be a very difficult thing to do.

In my daughters case she actually felt quite liberated and never looked back. I only the other hand felt quite traumatised and eventually never looked back. :)

My daughter loves her wig of choice. Pop into my page if you want to have a wee looksee at what she wears. If you need any info on her Freedom Vacuuum wig just drop me a comment. I'm happy to help with any information that may be useful.

Good luck with everything.

Rosy.

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