Alopecia and Me: Living with permanent hair loss
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In my pre-teen years, I was intrigued by my neighbor, Dorothy’s, master braiding skills. She would sit on the front porch and do her young daughters hair in all sorts of corn-rowed and other braided styles and I wanted in.
I was excited the first time my mother agreed to let Dorothy braid my hair!
At the end of the process, I wasn’t so sure. The oh so tight braids, especially around the hairline had me looking like our Asian brethren and I believe I experienced the first headache I ever encountered in life.
Despite the pain – her styles were so fly – I went back for more on several occasions. I guess, it was sort of like they say childbirth is, women forget the pain or they would never do it again! And even though it was less than a dozen times that Dorothy braided my very fine and fragile hair the damage was done.
Alopecia wasn’t in my, or anyone’s, vocabulary at the time.
All I knew was, I had patches, particularly at the temples, but all around my hairline, from front to back that wouldn’t grow in. It was confirmed, years later, after going to a trichologist, an expert in hair and scalp disorders, that the hair follicle was damaged and it would never grow back.
There are many causes for Alopecia.
The cause of my alopecia, braiding my hair too tightly, is the only one that is preventable. It may be too late for me and others like me to reverse the styling damage that was done, but we at Natural Haircare News would love for others to learn from our experiences and become educated to some of the other causes of alopecia.
I received my consultation from trichologist, Dr. Kari Williams in Los Angeles.
If you’re seeking some relief from Alopecia, do your research, then seek out a reputable trichologist in your area to get the support you need.
Although, I would choose for things to be different, if I could, I’ve learned to live with my hairline alopecia and have learned to camouflage it well. There are worse things I could think of having besides a thin and patchy hairline and I keep it all in perspective!
To your natural hair health!
Author: Pamela Shaddock
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