When you were younger and had a full head of thick hair, it probably never crossed your mind that one day it may all be gone. How do you get to that point and how did it make you feel? This is how it felt for one young 38-year-old who lost most of his hair in his 20s;
Whilst growing up I loved my hair. I grew it long at some stages and even had a ponytail; it was great for head banging LOL. Never once did I consider that one day it would be all be gone. My father and his five brothers were all bald, but I still didn’t ever think that would happen to me.
I first noticed I was thinning at the top when I was 22 years old. I felt concerned at first, but a close friend said not to worry and that it was normal to recede a little at the front, it didn’t mean I would lose my hair. Little did they know!
As the years went on and the hair loss continued, I tried lots of different hair growth treatments. Then I came across a very expensive treatment costing £500 for 50ml which I got from a hair specialist who advised me to use an oil ointment that would protect the hair that I had left. It seemed to work but it was very expensive and there was a lot involved in applying the ointment and how to maintain the hair. For those that know me will know that spending too much time primping and grooming is not me and the cost was just not viable, so I gave this treatment up.
Still my hair got thinner but I found myself worrying less. I had found a girlfriend, who then became my wife and who loved me whatever length my hair was. Life took over; children, houses, mortgages and my hair became less of a priority. To stop myself looking like a monk I made the decision to shave my head on a 0.5 grade and this is how it will stay for now, at least until treatment options and hair growth solutions become more affordable. Until then, I will have to live with only the memories of my long youthful hair of the past. If non-surgical hair replacement had been available when I was younger, this would definitely have been a treatment I would have considered. I could have used this treatment before I lost my hair, and everyone would be none the wiser that it wasn’t my actual hair. For now though, I will keep slapping on the sun screen in summer, wearing hats to keep my head warm in winter and look forward to the occasional fancy dress party where I can wear a wig and head bang like the old days!