It’s all gone. Well, mostly all of my hair fell out. I decided I’d just shave off the little patch of hair left in the back. So there are patches of shaved hair, and large areas of bald spots where alopecia areata has taken hold.
I’m cool with it now. Either it’ll grow back or not. I do have a wig, but being in Alabama, it’s hot and muggy to wear, plus it’s been raining a lot. I don’t want to ruin my wig. Today would have been a good day to wear it, but I thought it was supposed to rain. So I just wore my chemo cap. I’d go straight bald, but the parts I shaved look different than where alopecia areata has removed the entire hair follicle. So it looks weird to me. And I have some kind of Klingon forehead going on up in front, haha! It’s so strange.
Eyebrow Makeup for Alopecia Areata
I learned to do my eyebrows from a new friend I made in one of the Alopecia groups on Facebook. They actually look real, unless you stare really closely. My husband thought they were real, and I told him a couple days ago I was going to try out this makeup technique. I was pretty happy, especially since it was the first time I did it. Her video tutorial was pretty awesome.
Anyway, still traveling with alopecia areata. I’m feeling better and better about myself every day. My aunt has been pretty supportive as well, and this vacation was a godsend for my husband and me.
Rogaine on Open Hair Follicles
By the way, Minoxidil (aka Rogaine) burns after your hair freshly falls out. Holy crap. I wasn’t expecting it. This was my first use of the foam, which is way easier to handle than the liquid. You don’t have to worry about it dripping all over the place, particularly if your head doesn’t have any hair to catch it.
I’m just relieved now, because I don’t have to worry about hair falling out any more. At least clumps. The parts I shaved might eventually be lost, but it won’t be noticeable.
Showers are way quicker! Now if it could just work on my legs…
Traveling with Alopecia Areata Photos
Fairhope, Alabama Art
On our travels, we stopped by the Eastern Shore Art Center in Fairhope, Alabama. Below are a few photos I took, along with their artist’s information. Hope you enjoy as much as we did!