I Have Alopecia Areata

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 132 People

    omg, I can't conceal it anymore.

    .. it's getting really bad. I don't want this, i don't want to lose my hair... ohgod, this is breaking me...
    kmisfit123 kmisfit123
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Jan 17, 2015

    My Alopecia

    I am a 17 year old boy. Ive had alopecia since I was 6. It has affected my life in both good and bad ways. The good thing is, I can understand other peoples feelings better. The bad thing is I restrict my self too much. I dont do things such as getting a job, go to parties...
    hockeyboy20 hockeyboy20
    18-21, M
    5 Responses Dec 7, 2012

    I have wanted to post here way way before

    but i just never got the guts.. I'm scared people wont talk to me here, I'm scared being looked at differently.. I'm scared of how people will judge me more. But I'm over that, people judging me is nothing new and I just wanna be honest with myself with this one. I mean, hey I...
    kmisfit123 kmisfit123
    22-25, F
    6 Responses Nov 24, 2014

    My name is Lyla. I have had alopecia

    since I was a freshman in high school. I am now a freshman in college. I am a twin and a Native American from Arizona. When it first started out, obviously it started with a small bald spot. Then turned into a huge patch about the size of a dollar bill cut in half. I was not...
    lhatathlie lhatathlie
    18-21, F
    Nov 18, 2014

    So sick of finding new patches starting in my

    hair. I have lost count. I find it so hard to cover them. And I can't accept the fact that I might Lose it all. I can't come to terms with it all. I never even knew these Kinds f conditions exist. I have tried everything. Nothing works. I'm sick of feeling sad. I can't...
    Rbmmtb Rbmmtb
    26-30, F
    1 Response Sep 7, 2015

    Hello everyone! I am a 28 year old

    who has struggled with alopecia since I was 18 years old.... I put it aside for the most part of my high school years.. thinking it was all the stress from GCSE's and I believed that after high school it would grow back.. it never did.. and I still loose my hair... I used to...
    hstutz hstutz
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Dec 1, 2014
    djbe djbe
    18-21, M
    Oct 18, 2015

    So I've had this my whole life,

    went completely bald as a baby and over the years it's just tiny bald spots that I can cover up or you don't even notice. Well with in the past year (especially the last six months) I have lost more then half my hair and it's getting harder to cover up and I feel embarrassed. I...
    AirforceGirlfriend210 AirforceGirlfriend210
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Feb 23, 2015

    Just Looking For Support!

    Hi! I just turned 15 and I've had alopecia for half my life... Maybe more than that actually. I didn't grow any hair until I was 2. I had this beautiful blonde fluffy hair until I was 7 years old. Then my parents started noticing bald spots on the sides of my head. They were...
    Lottsoflove Lottsoflove
    13-15, F
    3 Responses Jun 10, 2012

    Angry But Coping

    I am a 44 year old man. I noticed my first hair loss 15 years ago. It was minor and went away. I was fine until a year ago. Now, I have patchwork hair. My hair was thick and black, and even shaving my head still accentuates my hair loss. I was prepared to have male pattern...
    SpottedBuffalo SpottedBuffalo
    46-50, M
    2 Responses Nov 12, 2013

    I'm 13, and was diagnosed with alopecia.

    I noticed it at school, when people kept taunting me about it. so my mom made me an appointmentt. they've tried creams, pills, steroids, but nothing has worked. now they're doing injections in the bald spots. I cant do anything with my hair except wear it in a pony tail without...
    inspired12 inspired12
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Jun 23, 2014

    I've had it since the second grade i sometimes

    get depressed because of it and people judge me and ask if i have cancer but i don't.I actually have cut my hair short because i don't care about my hair anymore because of it.
    helpfulredneckgirl785 helpfulredneckgirl785
    18-21, F
    Jun 1, 2014

    My Son Had Alopecia Arreata

    My 11 year old son got AA immediately after his immunizations for 6th grade. Shots on Friday and Sunday I noticed his hair falling out. By Tuesday his scalp was balding. I was freaked out for him. Went to the dermatologist (I consider a total mistake) after discussing with him...
    mrbrophx mrbrophx
    56-60, M
    Sep 12, 2013

    I recently just got diagnosed with this disease

    Alopecia.. I first noticed it last summer when I was at my friends house about to go in the shower and I saw in the mirror I had two bald spots behind my ears.. Every since than I went to the dermatologist who gave me shots where I had the bald spots .. A little hair grew back...
    JayyLayy JayyLayy
    18-21, F
    1 Response Apr 22, 2014

    I just found out I have Alopecia Areata

    and to say I'm discouraged is an understatement. I've been getting steroid shots, but in the process I've just been getting more and more spots and am worried that people will start noticing. I am thankful that this isn't a disease that will end my life, but it's still very...
    megdubb megdubb
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jan 7, 2015

    My Story

    I have alopecia areata I was diagnosed when I was 7 I'm 16 now. its hard to be a girl with this because some people think and I use to think hair is wat makes You a girl I still cry about this sometimes I now were a human hair wig ive been wearing the same type of wigs since 2nd...
    laneralynn laneralynn
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jul 16, 2013

    Hi i was diagnosed back in October

    and was told i have Alopecia Areata, it started with one bald patch and had now gotten to the point where i can't even count the amount i have.. Ive had steroid injections- didn't help only helped with the couple of spots that she injected.. Steroid tablets- meant to stop the...
    carmz87 carmz87
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Jan 17, 2014

    I need help and advice - I am 17 years old

    and have had alopecia all my life... it didn't worry me too much when I was a child because the patches were easy to conceal and I guess I was busy being a kid. I miss those days. My treatment hasn't been working, and I am having to spend hours in the morning adding thickeners...
    hoper96 hoper96
    18-21, F
    1 Response Mar 22, 2014


    I am now applying for college, and I am hesitant to room with people. I am nervous. I wear wigs and I have since I was in kindergarten, and most of the people I know know, but it's hard to explain it to people over and over again. My eyebrows and eyelashes fell out again, and you...
    alliekoehls23 alliekoehls23
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Oct 5, 2013

    I have Alopecia Areata.

    if you are wondering what that is it is were the white blood cells attack the hair cells because the white blood cells get confused and off track(sorry it's kinda hard to explain). But sometimes autoimmune people people who have been in a car accident(both of those I am and have...
    lifeisastruggle4ever lifeisastruggle4ever
    16-17, F
    Jun 13, 2015

    I was first diagnosed with alopecia areata in

    when I was 13. I had nice, thick hair and dyed it dark brown with my friend, I didn't know if it was also a reason to my alopecia. I only noticed a small round spot on the back right side of my head size of my pointer finger thumb print and paid no attention to it. In that year...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Jan 3, 2015

    I was diagnosed. With alopcia

    when i was in 4th grade i wasnt really a big deal i was a child but the problem started when i went into middle school i lost the majority of my hair everyone looked at me like if i had cancer my self esteem crashed down i had no confidence in my self but thankfully my hair grew...
    findtheescape2 findtheescape2
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jul 31, 2014

    Struggling With Alopecia Universalis

    Hi, I am a 14 year old girl living with alopecia universalis. When i was little i had a few small bald spots that were so small and easily covered up, that they were barely noticeable. Towards the end of my eight grade year and the beginning of the summer following up to my first...
    natalie417 natalie417
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Feb 21, 2013

    I have alopecia, and I am proud.

    Having bald patches doesn't make me any less beautiful,or any less human.People may stare, people may laugh,but I show my head proudly.Why should I be ashamed of a thing unchangeable?And why should i hide it, just to keep others content?Who needs hair to be beautiful anyway?
    sillyoldme sillyoldme
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jul 31, 2015

    Haley's Hopeless

    Hi im Haley. im 16 years old and i started to get symtoms of Alopecia at age 11 i battle alopecia for four years.... school was the utmost worse. it was a challenge everyday. about 14 months ago my hair all grew back i was so greatful and id never felt so good in such a long time...
    haleyjay haleyjay
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jul 29, 2013

    Im a 24 yr old girl and i have total alopecia,

    its the worst thing ever not only are u ******** off ur hair but ur self esteem is damaged due to this terrible disease. I hate it so much!
    AchingSoul AchingSoul
    26-30, F
    1 Response May 22, 2014

    I Have Alopecia and Hate It!

    I went to a dermotologist finally to find out why I have patches of hair loss on my head and they told me I have alopecia areata.  It seems now that I know what it is, the patches keep coming and coming! I am so worried that I am going to end up loosing all my hair that...
    likwidsnd likwidsnd
    26-30, F
    45 Responses May 11, 2009

    still struggling with this.

    .. my hair was long enough that im so stressed with taking care of it.. like i just want to chop my hair off, probably till my neck area.. yes i want it that short... but i can't, why? 1. i have a rounded face and i'll look like dora the explorer with my hair that short and my...
    kmisfit123 kmisfit123
    22-25, F
    1 Response Feb 22, 2015

    11 Years In

    I've had alopecia areata since I was 7 diagnosed at 7 as well and when the dermatologist told me at 7 seven of course I didn't understand but when my mom bought me the book The Girl With No Hair a story about alopecia areata forgot wuobit was buy but it made me understand that...
    laneralynn laneralynn
    18-21, F
    Nov 17, 2013

    Can't Get Over It

    I'm a 21 year old female, I noticed one night that there was a good chunk missing where my hairline meets the back of my neck. I thought i'd had an allergic reaction to some hair product or something and just expected the hair to grow back. It didn't. after about a week my...
    boxesofcats boxesofcats
    3 Responses Nov 5, 2012

    I was first diagnosed

    when I was 5 years old. Now my diagnosis wasn't patches or total hair loss it was only hair that grows on my head. But not my eyebrows, eye lashes or anything like that. The worst part was that it was caused by stress. So I had to deal with it, my hair fell out more and more as...
    ryplummer ryplummer
    16-17, F
    1 Response Nov 29, 2015

    I Finally Love Taking Pictures

    I'm lane ralynn and I was diagnosed when I was 7 I remember all the pain and the very low self esteem I had and I still go through these things today bit since I've got my sew ins I feel like I've never felt before and that's beautiful I hated pictures of me and I hated taking...
    laneralynn laneralynn
    18-21, F
    Nov 16, 2013

    well. I got Alopecia

    when I was 2. I didn't know what it was and none of my family knew how to react to it. I used to just wear my hair in pony tails and cover my bald spots with a brown powder, a powder that matches your hair color, and I really never felt confident. now I wear a wig. well I...
    reagpage reagpage
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Apr 22, 2014


    I just want to be able to look in the mirror and smile. I look in and I see fake hair. I want to be a normal teenager. I'm done wearing a wig. Done putting up with this. Why can't my hair just grow back?
    bryannax bryannax
    18-21, F
    5 Responses Oct 13, 2013

    im not going to go into huge detail,

    but ive been dealing with it for 8 years and the biggest struggle that i just cant seem to get over is that i just want to be like every other girl. i want to show the potential i have to be beautiful, i want to show who i am not just be "the bald girl". i can be beautiful too...
    rosegirl17 rosegirl17
    18-21, F
    1 Response Sep 20, 2015

    I started noticing a bald spot the size of a

    quarter on top of my head. My mom thought I was cutting my hair but I wasn't so she took me to a dermatologist to find out why I was losing my hair and what it was. At age 10, I was diagnosed with alopecia areata : ( I cried everyday asking god, "Why me? What have I possibly...
    NaNe757 NaNe757
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Jan 9, 2014

    I posted my alopecia experience I have

    alopecia totalis Check it?
    deleted deleted
    Mar 2, 2015

    I've Had Alopecia Since I Was 7, Now 15, Is There Any Other Girls My Age?

    I've been living with this horrible disease since i was 7, its really hard to cope with sometimes, but you just have to keep your head up!
    wilson96 wilson96
    13-15, F
    3 Responses Oct 13, 2012

    Hi my name is Ryan and I'm going to share my

    experience in dealing with alopecia with all of you. I found out I had alopecia areata when I was about 16 years old. I was just going into my junior year of HS. Nobody knew what to think other than to stare and make jokes about it. The worst part of my Alopecia is that I...
    Ryanw96 Ryanw96
    18-21, M
    1 Response Aug 27, 2014

    15 Years Of Chilly Scalp!

    Imake jokes about it...but I guess it really does upset me. I've had alopecia areata for 15 years off and on...I'm currently in the middle of a really bad 'episode' I have lost almost all of the under layer of my hair and my bangs are beginning to fall out at the front. I...
    moshilee moshilee
    18-21, F
    1 Response Feb 3, 2010


    One morning during my senior year of high school, I decided to go with pigtails. I thought that they would look cute. So I parted my hair all the way down the middle of my head and pulled each half into a pigtail. As with every new hairstyle for me, I always have to take a look...
    SomethingAnatomical SomethingAnatomical
    18-21, F
    1 Response Oct 21, 2011

    I was on vacation and noticed a fairly large

    bald spot in the back. My hair is thinning and I'm dreading showering because every time more hair seems to fall out. Does anyone have a suggestion for the type of shampoo or conditioner I should buy? I have my first appointment with the dermatologist at the end of the month...
    sugarplumsandgumdrops sugarplumsandgumdrops
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Jul 16, 2014

    Checked my head yesterday.

    . i dont really look at my bald spot since it makes me crawl under the bed because its really bad and makes me feel less of myself... so anyways checked it yesterday... it got bigger... i thought im getting better.. but like its bigger even if there's hair growing... it covers...
    kmisfit123 kmisfit123
    22-25, F
    1 Response Dec 19, 2014


    Hi I'm sixteen and I've had alopecia universalis since I was in seventh grade. A seventh grade girl losing her hair. Wow that's the absolute worst time to start losing your hair because really, junior high is where they put kids when they're at their most bitchy and hormonal and...
    ziggystardust13 ziggystardust13
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jan 6, 2013

    All My Life!

    When I was about 5 years old, I started to lose my hair in a huge patch on the top of my head. This later grew back the same year, I thought I was in the clear, but starting about 5th grade I was taking a shower and ran my hand through my hair and there were just chunks of hair...
    MRclean100 MRclean100
    2 Responses Mar 12, 2012
More Stories