Patchy hair- don’t care

Ok  – so that’s a blatant lie. I do care  – but I’m adopting a much more relaxed approach to falling hair – when I see it on my laptop, desk or pillow I flick it off and try not to stress about it – most of the time.

What’s changed?

Nothing, I just know from past experience that stressing will not help me in the slightest. I am also trying out my ‘mini habits’ in an effort to curb stress and freak outs. They seem to be working.

The spots

O.K. so the hives/urticaria are still coming and going and I’m unsure if they are caused by emotional stress or intolerances but they remain a constant at the moment.

Is the hair loss following the same pattern as last time?

Nope. It is now coming away everywhere! Last time it was confined to my head – face and scalp. This time my chest hair is taking a beating. Have a gander at this:

The chest

Last time I lost hair on my scalp, I didn’t really lose any on my chest – apart from one wee dot – which as you can see has now spread and had lots of little spotty babies dotted in random places across my chest.

alopecia areata patches on my chest

Patchy Chest

My scalp

I keep looking at the patch on my left side whenever I get out of the shower – but the same apocalyptic feelings just aren’t there as much anymore – I give a wee shrug and feel a bit shit but so far I can pat hair over it and carry on with my day. When the day comes – or should I say – if – it comes, I have a handy pair of shears with my head’s name on them. I’ve done it before and have no issue with shaving it all off again.

I do have a few patches on my head but they seem to be minimal compared to the fast spreading ones on my chest. And like I said – I’m really not that bothered at the moment

The good news

My facial hair seems to be returning! Amidst all the shedding, my moustache is making a bit of a comeback. I am not going to rival Tom Selleck anytime soon but it’s coming back very, very slowly.

So I can now have a moustache! Ok it’s patchwork kind of moustache but it’s mine, I grew it and my face feels ‘normal’ again. It’s like I’m 14 again and trying to prove I NEED to shave. I forget it’s there but every time I see it, I have a wee smile.

So I was off work for a full week and didn’t shave. This is the result:

half moustache regrowth from alopecia

14 year old flashback

Those wee white hairs on my chin have been there since September 2012, when I hoped they would gradually turn black and grow like they used to. They haven’t so far – so I may rock a badger beard in the future – who knows.

Eyebrows

I’m pretty unsure what’s happening with these former caterpillars. I keep thinking that my left eyebrow is filling in a bit and then i notice wee spots of bald across both eyebrows and the panic sets in again. I can deal with no hair but would rather keep my eyebrows and eyelashes this time if possible.

eyebrows august 2016 close up

Eyebrows August 2016

The Future

God knows what’s to come with the hair anywhere on my body. I’m heading to Australia, Singapore and Thailand in December so who knows if I am going to be getting my bald head burnt or crossing continents with a decent head of black hair. I’ll keep you posted.

 

 

7 comments

  1. Dude I got AU at around the same time as you. I lost everything everywhere. Now it’s grown back on my head and other parts of my body but still no eyebrows or lashes. A right pain in the arse. Eyebrows are everything….:(

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    1. Hey Graham. I hear you – eyes may be the window to the soul but brows are the frames. And they make you feel ‘normal’. How are you coping with it? Are you just going natural or employing any tactics to style it out?

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  2. Hi Reece. Have been a regular to your blog. Have you heard of LDN (Low Dose Neltroxene)? Read up on it. Also, there is a FB group of people using it for Alopecia.

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  3. I Reece! I got AU starting from AA in summer 2014, it took around 7/8 months to loose every hair of my body: Of course I got depressed, but I’m trying not to think about it too much now.
    Now I can barely see some vellus on my head, tiny short hair, do you think it’s a good sign?
    Have a nice day!

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  4. Hi Reece! I got AU starting from AA in summer 2014, it took around 7/8 months to loose every hair of my body: Of course I got depressed, but I’m trying not to think about it too much now.
    Now I can barely see some vellus on my head, tiny short hair, do you think it’s a good sign?
    Have a nice day!

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    1. Hey Sal – I think that is a great sign – at least there is hair coming back. Whenever mine started to come back the hair was always vellus before it returned. Fingers crossed you are getting regrowth.

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