The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #126555   Message #2830800
Posted By: VirginiaTam
05-Feb-10 - 01:47 PM
Thread Name: on to Life!
Subject: RE: BS: LilyFestre -UPDATE - she's home, resting:-)
heya babe...

I had self-induced alopecia (bald spots) in my mid 20's. So stressed I had picked up a habit of pulling out one hair at a time, twisting it around 2 fingers and cracking the twining with my thumb. It was an OCD thing. Did this for about a year.

It was pretty long at the time and so at first I could hide spots by combing over to one side and putting in side braid. This worked until I started attacking the hairline at my temples.

I got really creative about hiding the damage, using different hair styles and eye catching scrunchies, barrettes and combs. Distraction from the damage was key. I also wore hats. I had a couple of ball caps and a straw fedora. So I guess the same can be done with hair pieces.

I ended up, cutting my hair boy short when the bald places had grown back to about 2 inches. After that I kept it short for the next 10 or 12 years. Which stopped me pulling it out. Nothing to get hold of.

Would you consider cutting it very short now to help you get accustomed to having less hair? Another plus to doing this is that the less volume you have going into chemo, the less alarming seeing that fallen hair may be.