I've just registered and opened my first topic, but i can't say i'm completely new here in this forum. I have actually been around for some time, almost an year , wasting many nights with reading your stories, watching some of you succeed in the treatments you're following, watching you open up and sharing your problems.
Somehow I never got the courage to start a topic on this ( or any other) website, but lately my hair problems have grown worse ( I think) and thus they've been irritating me more and more .
I'm aware that the problems I have are not by far as serious as those of other people who've written their stories on this site. Most of the people I know think Iím crazy whenever i tell them i have hair problems, including my parents, girlfriend. Therefore, I ask you to please, not make fun or treat the issues that i have with sarcasm.
Together with my story Iíve prepared a ****load of pictures.
It's my turn now to share. Here it goes...
My name is Constantine, Iíve turned 23 a few months ago. I started to notice my hair falling around when i was 16-17.Unfortunately i don't have many photos from back then, being that I didn't have a digital camera at that time. The best I could do is this photo from my 18th birthday. This is what my hair used to look like back then( in 2005)...
I have always had fine, thin hair. I used to like wearing my hair longer ; not too long... and most of the time comb it from the middle to the sides. Right after that my hair started falling, as far as i remember.
At start, it was just more hairs in my comb than usual. You couldnít notice anything different about my hair. My hairline hadnít receded ,no diffuse thinning, nothing. I remember freaking out at some point and replacing the comb that i had with another one with fewer and more distanced pins.(more like a women comb).
It was back than that i bought the first anti-hair fall/breakage, etc shampoo. " Revalid " it was called. Didn't change much, as i recall, other than leaving my hair and scalp really dry. I stopped using it after a short while.
Since then i became more and more obsessed with hair loss.
Until my 20th birthday(2007) still nothing noticeable. You can see for yourself in the picture below...
PHOTO 2007 MARCH
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...same in august of that same year...
PHOTO 2007 AUGUST
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Hereís where it starts to notice. In the winter of that year ( namely December 2007) I get a shorter cut. It is only then that I truly start seeing physical changes to my hair. In the following photo you can see a slight diffuse thinning in the front area.
PHOTO 2007 DECEMBER
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Not long after that, I get horrified when I look closer at picture of me with a flash inside a club. This is what I mean ( again , the front area).
PHOTO 2008 APRIL
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Öand another one, same month
PHOTO 2008 APRIL 2
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Iíd always liked looking in the mirror, until that time. But since that period, Iíve got to sayÖIíve only been looking with fear. Later that year I remember trying to leave my hair just grow for a while, se how it looks longer. And as it got longer, I realized that the locks I used to have in front werenít even half of what theyíd used to beÖregarding thickness that is.
So, if in the past short hair was an option , a choice I could makeÖ. Now it became the only hair length I could wear without revealing the diffused thinning I was experiencing.