How did I lose my hair?
Today, I am sharing my hair loss story with you. I have no family history of baldness either from maternal or paternal side. My head was full of thick hair – and a lot of them. But I had one problem, my hairs were difficult to manage and I had always struggled to style them. This problem forced me to find a solution. One of my friends told me about hair straightening creams. At first, I was very skeptical about its side effects. So I visited a famous hair saloon in my town and discussed my concerns with him. He assured me that these creams are safe because they are not applied to the roots.
After his assurance, I decided to give it a try. I first used the hair straightening cream at age 22. My hair became thin; nevertheless I was very happy with my straight hair as it was easy to style them.
I straightened my hair three more times in a two year period. It was the fourth time when my hair became extremely weak and began to fall. After a couple of years, my hair lost considerable volume and strength. Skin on my crown and hairlines started to appear.
I consulted a hair doctor for advice. He told me that even one time hair straightening procedure can cause permanent damage to hair follicles, and that I was very lucky to have some hair even after four times. He prescribed a topical solutionMinoxidil and a tabFinasteride. I discontinued the use of Finasteride after a couple of months due to the fear of its side effects but continued using Minoxidil. Minoxidil did a great job and stopped further hair fall and thinning of hair.
It’s almost eight years since I started losing my hair. Although, I still have a reasonable number of hairs, I am seriously considering a hair restoration solution. I have three solutions to choose from. Let’s discuss them one by one.
First is the use of hair piece. I still have full hair on my sides and back, and a good hair patch will blend naturally with my hair and give me a good look. There are two problems associated with this. First, it is uncomfortable to wear and manage, and second, my remaining hair follicles will die with time due to continuous wearing of hairpiece.
Second option is to use a wig. It will a bit difficult to wear a wig all the time but I expect less discomfort and less damage to my hair follicles, because I can take it off at night.
The third option is hair transplant. Besides its initial cost, it is a permanent method to have my hair back. I will have some discomfort until my new hair growsback. I may not be able to have a lot of styling options, but that is not an issue anymore.