Featured Blog Posts – January 2011 Archive (43)

Alopecians in Guatemala

I've been back in Canada for less than 48 hours and am feeling very overwhelmed! The type of life style lived in a 3rd world country is very different however in many ways the people are richer than we are. There is a general contentedness that is unexplainable. I was lucky to meet with several locals in Guatemala however there was one little fellow I met that… Continue

Added by Carol on January 31, 2011 at 4:00pm — 5 Comments

"Coming out"

Hi Friends,

I am writing this morning to announce that I "came out" to two girls from work yesterday. It started with a conversation a week or so ago where one of the girls I teach with said she was going to try to run a half marathon and asked if I would want to do it with her. I am not a runner but it hit a chord because I have been struggling with the idea of going to a gym or working out in a public place since my alopecia progressed.

I fear my eyebrow will wipe away… Continue

Added by Jocelyn on January 29, 2011 at 9:23am — 17 Comments

Is it normal?

My eyelashes on one eye fell out a couple months ago. They are finally growing back...slowly but they are so I am not complaining. I am just curious, is it normal that they are growing back snow white?

Added by Rachell on January 28, 2011 at 11:39pm — 4 Comments

My wig fell off!

My wig fell off today. I got off the school shuttle and as I was walking ( and talking to my sister on the phone) I caught a branch and the wig flipped off. There were cars in front of me ( can we say embarrassing) I was in shock really so I stood their for a minute, and then I picked it up and went the other way...I put in my bag and kept my scarf on...the wig is wet ,idk if ill be able to wear it :-/ i didnt know whether to laugh or cry ( i did both btw lol! ) well just thought i… Continue

Added by Alexis on January 27, 2011 at 1:24pm — 13 Comments

Thinning out a wig, lessening the shine and what type of mesh is best

I went to my first wig consultation last weekend and have a few follow up questions I need some advice on:

1) they seemed to be sooooo much hair, I guess because I am just not used to having so much hair on my head. Can a synthetic wig be thinned out so that it looks a little more natural?

2) I noticed that some of the wigs I tried on were a little too shiny. I saw on a website that you can either use baby shower or wash it in fabric softener and water to get rid of some of the… Continue

Added by Julie G on January 26, 2011 at 8:01am — 2 Comments

Without thinking!

OK you guys I really need you today! I've been dating this decent man for seven years. He knows all about my AA and seemed to be fine with it. I asked him to become a friend to me here and he simply said no! His reason was because I was enough, why would he want to see more pics of people like me. IDIOT! I just wanted him to see how cool the pics were and how beautiful you guys looked. I'm beginning to see that people aren't always as comfortable as they seem, even family. I just decided not to… Continue

Added by T.J.R. on January 25, 2011 at 11:26am — No Comments

Life continues once again

Ha well i said i would tell yall bout my 5th and 6th grade years hah well after i left saks elementery i went to Alexandria high hah well im just a liitle ol 5th and 6th grader sourrounded by all these tall creepy looking high schoolers (btw hah im really country talkin so if ya cant really understand me im sorry hahah) as i said before people will be mean! no matter who you are or what you look like. there will always be those people out there who are out to put you done in order to bring… Continue

Added by Bre Cobb on January 25, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Attitude is everything

There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and noticed she had only three hairs on her head. "Well," she said, "I think I'll braid my hair today." So she did and she had a wonderful day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that she had only two hairs on her head.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that there wasn't a single hair on her head.

"YEA!" she exclaimed, "I don't have to fix my hair… Continue

Added by Lindsay on January 25, 2011 at 7:53am — 8 Comments

A broken foot to go along with it!

So I'm still losing more hair, and definitely not excited about it, and on top of it, I broke my foot tuesday night!! I was walking down the stairs and tripped on my moms shoes she had on the stairs and fell 4 steps to the wood floor. Somehow I made it through the rest of the night with no problem, but then woke up wednesday morning in a LOT of pain with lots of bruises. My mom took me to the ER and sure enough, I broke a bone and tore quite a few things as well. So now I'm stuck in this space… Continue

Added by Tamara on January 24, 2011 at 10:43am — 7 Comments

Another "my story"

I went bald when I was four. As far as ages to get an incurable illness go, four isn't bad. I have photos of silky blonde locks, but don't remember what I lost. I think that's a good thing.

It's pretty much the usual story - bald patch, size of a coin, doctors, comb-overs, blood tests (I still have the toy stuffed cat the red cross people gave be 'cause I wouldn't stop crying for those.) We tried a bunch of stuff - herbs, massage oils, etc. I have to thank my mum, a GP, that she refused… Continue

Added by Georgia Gardner on January 23, 2011 at 8:23pm — 3 Comments


Just found out today that an elderly relative on my father's family tree had diabetes like my grandfather did. Since they say alopecia is related to the genes for diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, I am getting closer to suspecting which side of the family to "blame!"

Added by Tallgirl on January 22, 2011 at 11:22pm — 3 Comments

Well as long as we're venting, let's discuss my shins!

What the hell do my shins have to do with my scalp?

WITHOUT FAIL, when my shins start itching, my scalp starts within the next day.

How could shins and scalp possibly be connected?

Who thought up this madness?

And what, praytell, do I do with a bottle of Desonide (that's still at least half full) that no longer works on the itchy shins? That doggone prescription cost US$62!!

Enquiring minds want to know,… Continue

Added by Angie P on January 22, 2011 at 10:56pm — 7 Comments

Do I have the right to be angry with my sister when I've asked her not to discuss her hair and she does anyway?

I've have diffuse alopecia areata. I'm trying to deal with it the best that I can, I barely discuss it with anyone anymore. Even though I am making baby steps, I am still very hypersensitive about it. I go through my ups and downs. My sister loves talking about her hair, something I just can't listen to. I've asked her MANY time that I don't wish to discuss her hair. I TRULY don't care about it. Well, she called me to tell me that she just got her hair cut. I told her that I really don't care,… Continue

Added by Heather Bloom on January 22, 2011 at 9:06pm — 29 Comments

Wig consultation #1...check!

Well I went today for my first consultation and it went better than I thought. The stylist showed me a couple different options before she got to the wigs(what I am going to be doing). Since my hair is continuing to thin and the lower half of my hair isn't really enough to wear with a topper, I have to go with a full wig which was what I was planning anyways.

I got to be a blond with a bob cut, a long haired blond, a long haired brunette and cousin it! LOL! I even looked like Shrek's wife… Continue

Added by Julie G on January 22, 2011 at 7:21pm — 1 Comment

I took the big step

I finally had the courage to shave the rest of my hair off.It has taken me a long time ,but after getting out the shower the other morning all of a sudden i said to my husband todays the day ,i am ready to take it off.I feel better now looking in the mirror i do have regrowth from steroid injections,and i am hopefull that my hair will come back. I feel that i have to look for the positive in all this turmoil, maybe god is teaching me patience, tolerance , kindness, to others? ummmm think i just… Continue

Added by clare majka on January 22, 2011 at 10:23am — 13 Comments

I miss my hair

Right now I feel sad . I miss my hair . I have some regrowth but not much . I guess some is better than none . Right now I'm not shaving my head because it is so cold outside. I'm hoping to get a wig in a few months but it seems forever away . Part of me wants to try to let my hair grow , the other part says just move on with your life . I always feel stuck ! I do not regret shaving my head . I did it to take control . I just miss my hair right now . I'm afraid of growing my hair out & it… Continue

Added by Mackenzie on January 22, 2011 at 1:06am — 6 Comments

My Naps

What is hair? Are we as women defined by hair?

Does your hair make you who you are?

Buying numerous products to be something that we are not.



Jerry Curls

Hairr grease

The hot comb

What's the wrong with nappy?

Could nappy be cute

Could nappy be the real me

Bald spots

Your scalp itching

Getting burned behind the ears

Being told that you have bad hair

What is hair?

You see the truth is hair does not make… Continue

Added by andrea nichole bivins on January 20, 2011 at 5:27pm — 3 Comments

Letting it be and accepting me

So as many of you know, I have decided to stop my treatment and purchase a wig. I have spent the past 3 years trying different medications, injections, topical treatments to do what...postpone the inevitable? My hair has been getting worse lately and that was before I stopped my medications. I have tapered myself off of my aldactone and now my hair is just getting worse and worse. Good thing I have my appointment this weekend for a wig.

I just read the blog of "I am exhausted"(… Continue

Added by Julie G on January 20, 2011 at 10:00am — 10 Comments

I feel sick

What a pity....I just cannot accept the fact that I will no longer be a man with hair. Friends look me in a strange way so I feel more sick.I have to wear a hat to make me look normal. And I'm afraid that when the summer season comes,I'll have to put it off.I really don't know what to do..

Added by FooLing on January 20, 2011 at 1:48am — 7 Comments

Why hide?

I've noticed some of the advise on looking for a job. Some suggest you should wear a wig, but what about those of us who hate them. I've NEVER liked them for me. It took so much out of me to get to this level of confidence. I just feel like putting on a wig is such a fake version of who I really am. I'm more fearful of wearing a wig than sporting my bald head. I really can't help what other people are thinking, instead of asking. Why should I be made to feel so uncomfortable when it's clearly… Continue

Added by T.J.R. on January 19, 2011 at 4:04pm — 5 Comments

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