Hi, I'm Ali and I'm 19 years old.
So my hairline receeding started when I was about 14 but I had pretty good hair that time. I was okay with my hair until I turned 18, I developed chronic stress and anxiety about my health. I became hypochondriac for like 8 month I had stress and anxiety attacks and my body was always in fight or flight mode. However during this hypochondria I noticed rapid hairfall on my hands, books, shower and pillow and when I use comb or use my hand I had hair like alot of hair coming out I try to look at them deeply and found out I had hair bulb at the end of the hair. I went to derm and got diagnosed with diffuse alopecia IDK what exactly it is. I jus hope it's not Diffuse Unpatterned Alopecia. But time to time my shedding slowed down and my hair got better a bit but still I was worried if I get transplant in future will I be a good donor? And what do you think my hairloss is? Attaching pictures
Family history of hairloss: my father is bald around 7 Norwood
Mother side is okay no hairloss
I am 23 and last year my mother noticed the hair near my crown thinning. I have been pretty paranoid since. I get a lot of conflicting opinions from people close to me, ranging from ‘everything is perfectly’ fine to ‘you will be bald within 2-3 years’. Thought I would get an opinion from more experienced people on here who have gone through similar journeys. I am currently taking daily: 10,000 mcg biotin pills, 500 mg Saw Palmetto pills, 350 mg beta-sitosterole and shampoo daily with either bitoin shampoo/alpecin (both which claim to block DHT, the latter using caffeine). And every 3-4 days I also use Nizoral 2% since I have dandruff. I am a bit afraid to start fina, mainly because of side-effects which 2% of the people noticed. Also I am not sure how much it would cost to get a prescription as I don’t have a lot of money and my insurance will not cover appointment for this kind of hairloss (at least thats what I think)
so 2 questions for the community:
1) How bad is the hair loss from pictures (taken from iphone front camera) and how much time approximately before it is extremely noticeable and irreversible?
2) What treatment should I opt for? Shouls I continue my regimen or switch to fina ans minoxdil combo? Anyone noticed positive effects from saw palmetto and/or beta-sitosterole?
Thanks in advance!
From what I've read, it seems that almost anything natural could have some component that helps hair growth: green tea, garlic, onions, coffee, apples, etc! But, given that hair loss is still with us today, and has been for thousands of years, I think it's true to say that, at best, traditional remedies might help to some extent, but will never allow you to overcome hair loss completely.
I would also say that our ancestors got it wrong - the Ebers Papyrus from ancient Egypt and even Hippocrates suggested the most bizarre remedies for hair loss that, as far as I'm concerned, seem to be desperate attempts to find a solution to what at the time must have appeared like some sort of disease.
I believe that the sheer number of hair loss products available reflects the fact that none of these companies really knows the exact mechanism that causes androgenetic alopecia. I also think that, the reason why traditional remedies don't really do much to help hair grow is that they don't address the true underlying cause of this condition.
It's only by tackling the underlying cause that you can really start growing back a serious amount of hair.
If you look at the following page, it explains how bone growth within the skull can cause genetic hair loss. I welcome any comments you care to make.
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