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QuoteReplyTopic: How long will shedding last? Posted: 04/March/2018 at 1:35pm
I've had alopecia areata for just over four months now, and I'm lucky to say it's so far been confined to one bald circle on my head. What started as a 5p-coin-sized patch has now expanded and is around 5cm in circumference, so it's getting quite hard to hide. I have taken to brushing black eyeshadow onto it after showering as it makes my white scalp less obvious through my short-ish hair (I'm a guy).
In late January (after about three months) I noticed the tiniest white hairs growing in the centre; now after about a month more they have grown, but not much, and now the longest are about 5mm and very pale brown (my natural hair colour is black). However, I am still losing hair from the edges, and the patch (right on the top of my head in the middle) is getting worryingly close to my crown, at which point it will be impossible to hide, and I will look like I have a 'monk patch' on the top of my head!
Does anyone have any idea how long the shedding at the edges might last now that the centre has started to regrow? Or is it something that varies wildly from person to person? Also, is there anything I can do/take to help the new hairs grow faster?
As I side note, will the black eyeshadow have any negative effect on regrowth? I'd hate to be hindering the little guys.
I don't think anyone knows how long shedding will last. After 6 weeks last year all my hair had gone, for instance.
I've just seen the hospital dermatologist who's given me a note for my doctor to prescribe some cream, which she says leave on for half an hour and then wash off, stuff which may re-start a bit of growth.
Something like that may be suitable for you. It took a 6 month wait to see that dermatologist. So hopefully you've been to your doctor to be referred.
When I first wore a wig it was a bit nerve wracking, but everyone's got used to how I look now. You could have a look at wigs? I don't think eyeshadow would harm.
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