I’m going bald! It’s really quite upsetting because although my hair has always been thin, and has been getting thinner for a few years now, it’s become obviously much thinner – I’m talking actually see-through top and centre – over the past couple of months. At first I thought I was imagining it, or it was maybe stress-related and would grow back. Nuh-uh!
So… what can I do? I’ve been looking up treatments online, but there doesn’t seem to be much out there that isn’t just snake oil. Plus I don’t know the actual cause, other than age and probably menopause. But why the sudden massive hair loss recently? I suppose it could be a thyroid thing because I do have some issues there. But I mean, c’mon. I’m already having enough self-esteem issues from being FAT and OLD without adding BALD to the equation. Fucking 2020.
I have the same problem. In my case it is due to the chemo type drugs I take regularly. I have to take them so things are not likely to improve. I stopped having sheep dips to see if that improved it (No). Had it cut slightly shorter. At some point it will be funky wig/ scarf time!
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It’s really sad, isn’t it? Especially as there is no way for a bald woman to look cool, like some bald guys do.
Yeah, I heard that dying hair can cause hair loss, but I only do mine every four months or so and the dye is only on for about 15 minutes.
Ufff… can you imagine wearing a wig when it’s 45º???
Don’t discount stress. I had massive hair fallout after my late and ex died, right on time at the three-month mark after I’d been visiting him daily in hospital on top of full time work and trying to manage his affairs. It’s called telogen effluvium and it happens because your body shuts down “nonessential” function right when the growth phase is in process. When that phase begins again, all the hair that was growing and stopped will drop out at once. This affects about a third of the hair on your head (look on your body and you will see that hairs cluster in little triples, especially noticeable on the legs; each one of those three hairs has a different growth schedule). I saw the same thing on the nutcase I ran for Congress in 2004 and 2006.
What do you do? To some extent it self-resolves but the stress at this point is unending. The biological mechanism is idential to male pattern baldness; too much androgen (we all still have it) is converted to dihydrotestosterone at the membrane of the follicle. An enzyme called 5-alpha reductase is responsible and can be blocked by medications or… by Saw Palmetto herb! Which is often used by men who prefer not to take prostate medication, which addresses the same conversion (finasteride forex).
So you know what mama did, she went out and bought a bottle and endured the ribbing from people asking if I had grown a prostate (there’s an NSFW footnote about that) and don’t you know the hair grew back. YMMV because progesterone is also sometimes involved, more complicated to get, dose and determine safety (I need an open minded endocrinologist to consult with about this since my surgery) but it did the job and I still take it because the stress is un-fucking-ending.
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Yay… knew I could count on you for some sensible info and advice.
However, cannot look at any body hair for comparison because I lost all that after chemo and meno (even though my chemo didn’t make my head hair fall out so maybe that was just an age thing?). I’ve never had much body hair anyhow, but now I have nothing. Arms, legs, even armpits. All gone! Still a bit of pubes but it now looks like I actually groom “down there”. And I still get random hairs on my big toes. Otherwise… my body is totally hairless, like a chihuahua.
I know I went through a very stressful time in August. I was crying a lot, feeling so lost and hopeless. And when I opened up to a friend here I was just told I should get professional help. That felt like a slap in the face. In the end it worked out to the extent that I didn’t feel so scared and needy all the time, but of course that was mostly me blocking and denying shit and just carrying on. And then my hair started falling out.
Who knows if the August stress led to the hair loss, but I first started noticing it in September, and this past month… OMG. I THINK this may be telling my I’m still stressed??? Ha. HAHAHAHAHA
Anyhow, will look into a scientific remedy before I start rubbing mahogany shoe polish onto my scalp.
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