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vurog
01-27-2016, 03:53 PM
So i'll start from the beginning, I had been growing my hair for about 5 years when In December I had to go get my wisdom teeth removed, after the surgery I noticed my natural parting get bigger, I got abit paranoid and just shaved my head..

A month after shaving my head the part where i thought I was thinning seemed perfectly good, however I never paid attention to my temples as I always had long hair and I would part it into sides, I have a fairly big forehead and my mother says that I have always had this kind of hairline.

Maybe the hairline just looks like this because I just recently shaved my head so there's not enough hair to cover up or something but i'll just post pictures here and hope for some help.

These pics are around after 2 and a half weeks of shaving my head, and also my dad has a VERY similar hairline.

http://imgur.com/a/MGb5w

Ohthehair
01-27-2016, 04:05 PM
It's going to be hard for people to get much from this. Some people on here are very well informed though.

My opinion? For what it's worth... if you've always had this hairline, there's nothing to worry about. I'd monitor it for the next 3-6 months see if anything changes. If not, it's probably the way your hairline has always been.

Hows your crown? How old are you?

jamesst11
01-27-2016, 04:09 PM
So i'll start from the beginning, I had been growing my hair for about 5 years when In December I had to go get my wisdom teeth removed, after the surgery I noticed my natural parting get bigger, I got abit paranoid and just shaved my head..

A month after shaving my head the part where i thought I was thinning seemed perfectly good, however I never paid attention to my temples as I always had long hair and I would part it into sides, I have a fairly big forehead and my mother says that I have always had this kind of hairline.

Maybe the hairline just looks like this because I just recently shaved my head so there's not enough hair to cover up or something but i'll just post pictures here and hope for some help.

These pics are around after 2 and a half weeks of shaving my head, and also my dad has a VERY similar hairline.

http://imgur.com/a/MGb5w

You probably have TE dude, nothing to stress too much about. It is a common occurance after removing wisdom teeth and is triggered by the general anesthesia. It will resolve on it's own.

vurog
01-27-2016, 04:18 PM
I just turned 20 earlier this month, yeah but what really really bothers me is that I'm not sure since when I've had this hairline, My mom has only seen me through skype as we live very far apart from each other I just regret neglecting the fact that someday I might go bald since it does run in my mothers family. As far as my crown is concerned its good. I have a double crown and a cowlick which annoys me but I know that its okay.

vurog
01-27-2016, 04:33 PM
Can TE actually affect your hairline? I thought it was mostly just bald patches around the scalp and/or thinning at the crown. But then again im not very educated in this field.

Ohthehair
01-28-2016, 05:38 AM
TE is usually diffuse rather than hairline receding. That being said your hairline doesn't look like its receeded. Maybe "matured" at worst. Have you noticed it change?

Noticing hair falling out can throw people off. It's normal to lose hair. Up to 150+ a day. The more you look for it the more you'll see.

Plus it's not what falls out that matters it's what grows back in its place.

I freaked out about my hair this year but the more I check the more I see thick black hairs growin back as normal.

vurog
01-28-2016, 02:37 PM
TE is usually diffuse rather than hairline receding. That being said your hairline doesn't look like its receeded. Maybe "matured" at worst. Have you noticed it change?

Noticing hair falling out can throw people off. It's normal to lose hair. Up to 150+ a day. The more you look for it the more you'll see.

Plus it's not what falls out that matters it's what grows back in its place.

I freaked out about my hair this year but the more I check the more I see thick black hairs growin back as normal.

Yeah i understand, I see some regrowth on my right temple and very small hair on my left temple what im really bummed about right now is if this is miniaturized hair or if its hair growing back.

As I mentioned before I never looked at my hairline I had below shoulder length hair for a very long time and I'd wear it split from the middle

When i did have long hair however I would obviously notice hair falling out but I don't think it increased or decreased since I was like 15, always stayed at the same rate and as you mentioned we shed around 100 hairs a day its nothing to be alarmed about

Ohthehair
01-28-2016, 03:12 PM
Yeah i understand, I see some regrowth on my right temple and very small hair on my left temple what im really bummed about right now is if this is miniaturized hair or if its hair growing back.

As I mentioned before I never looked at my hairline I had below shoulder length hair for a very long time and I'd wear it split from the middle

When i did have long hair however I would obviously notice hair falling out but I don't think it increased or decreased since I was like 15, always stayed at the same rate and as you mentioned we shed around 100 hairs a day its nothing to be alarmed about

try not to panic about seeing little hairs around the hairline. They are often just new hairs. They are exposed at the hairline but they're really all over your head as new hair is growing. Monitor it, if it seems to get worse any go see someone to make sure it's MPB or something else. Everyone's hairline is different. Your's doesn't necessarily look receded much if at all. Unless you used to have a straight line for a hairline.... again it's hard for many of us to know what out hairlines USED to look like.

vurog
01-28-2016, 03:28 PM
try not to panic about seeing little hairs around the hairline. They are often just new hairs. They are exposed at the hairline but they're really all over your head as new hair is growing. Monitor it, if it seems to get worse any go see someone to make sure it's MPB or something else. Everyone's hairline is different. Your's doesn't necessarily look receded much if at all. Unless you used to have a straight line for a hairline.... again it's hard for many of us to know what out hairlines USED to look like.

I never had a straight hairline, my younger brother has the same he's 17 atm, same goes for my dad. So yeah this defo gives me some closure I just felt abit paranoid and it had been eating me away for the past month that I just needed to post here.

Thanks for taking the time to reply!

Ohthehair
01-28-2016, 03:38 PM
I never had a straight hairline, my younger brother has the same he's 17 atm, same goes for my dad. So yeah this defo gives me some closure I just felt abit paranoid and it had been eating me away for the past month that I just needed to post here.

Thanks for taking the time to reply!

Not a problem. I feel the same way a lot of the time. Monitor it every now and again but don't stress. (I should take my own advice!)

pkipling
01-28-2016, 03:52 PM
Your hairline looks pretty dense to me, and since you're not really sure how it was before you shaved your head, that's all you have to go on at the moment.

Personally, I wouldn't stress at all. Your hair seems to be in great shape, the hairline is dense and in tact, and you're still quite young. Now that you're aware of how your hairline is, I would simply monitor it every few months or so. The best thing you can do (and the hardest thing) is to just not obsess over it in the meantime. And if you do start losing your hair one day, know that there are quite a few viable treatments/options to help you out.

I am a patient advocate for Dr. Parsa Mohebi in Los Angeles, CA. My opinions/comments are my own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Dr. Mohebi and his staff.

vurog
01-29-2016, 02:48 PM
Your hairline looks pretty dense to me, and since you're not really sure how it was before you shaved your head, that's all you have to go on at the moment.

Personally, I wouldn't stress at all. Your hair seems to be in great shape, the hairline is dense and in tact, and you're still quite young. Now that you're aware of how your hairline is, I would simply monitor it every few months or so. The best thing you can do (and the hardest thing) is to just not obsess over it in the meantime. And if you do start losing your hair one day, know that there are quite a few viable treatments/options to help you out.

I am a patient advocate for Dr. Parsa Mohebi in Los Angeles, CA. My opinions/comments are my own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Dr. Mohebi and his staff.

Hey, thanks for the input

So I shouldn't be alarmed about the miniaturized hair? Also I woke up today and saw a few more miniaturized hair around the front of my hairline could this just be hair growing back or something else?

EDIT: I figured I might as well post some close ups of my scalp from what it looks like to me is that my left temple is slightly thinner than my right temple but I can't be certain because my hair is still super short.
http://imgur.com/a/D9aOH

Ohthehair
01-29-2016, 03:16 PM
if they're the same or around the same diameter as your normal hair, hairs around the hairline are just growing hairs. They are exposed because they are at your hairline and have no other hairs to hide them. They're all over your head.

vurog
01-29-2016, 10:41 PM
Oh, are they? Also is it normal for my left temple to seem thinner than my right one? its not super noticeable unless I go up close to the mirror I doubt anyone else but me notices.

vurog
02-01-2016, 03:10 AM
bump

was hoping some of you could look at my crown to see weather or not theres anything going on here
http://imgur.com/a/RxPLs

If I actually am balding what would be my first step to start fighting the fight.

mohit
02-01-2016, 04:04 AM
Hi, I too had a similar head after shave but in my case I had hair fall before shaving. I consulted a lot of doctors, tried a lot of medicines, minoxidil etc. etc. to cure the hairfall but nothing much worked for me. The problem with hairfall medication is that majority of people do a hit and try with different medicines and for some it works and some it doesn't. Fortunately I was able to control my hairfall after figuring out my reason for hairfall.

In general you will read on the internet that it's normal to have 100-150 strands loss as normal but I don't think so. I used to have around 40-50 hair loss everyday and I could notice a lot of density reduction on my head in 6months. The key for the treatment is to pin point your hair loss reason. I have mentioned in detail on what I did on my blog: http://hairfallstory.com/ (don't worry I am not going to ask you buy something or will recommend something. It's just my experience). Feel free to drop me an email for any clarifications :)

pkipling
02-05-2016, 02:29 PM
The pictures make it difficult to get a really good idea. The one with your crown had a flash, which distorts the reality a bit, for example. Also, it's really difficult to get a good idea with your hair so short. My guess is that you're over analyzing it now that it's something you're concerned about. A lot of us are guilty of this, myself included. It's as if you've convinced yourself that you're losing your hair, so you'll look for any evidence you can to support this diagnosis, even if it isn't necessarily true.

Are you planning on letting your hair grow back out? This would really help give you a better idea of what's going on with your hair.

As for the hairline being different on each side - yes, that's totally normal. Hairlines aren't always perfectly symmetrical, so this isn't something I would be too concerned about.

Also, I think it's really hard to tell if a hair is miniaturized or not with just the naked eye. It's possible, sure - but not something I would bank on. And it is completely natural for there to be random, sparse, single hairs at the hairline. That's quite normal.

If I were you, I would let my hair grow back out and see what it looks like then. Or if you're really anxious about it, the only way to know for sure if you're losing your hair or not would be to set up an appointment with a trusted hair transplant surgeon to test the miniaturization levels of your hair. But as I said before, I'm not convinced you're losing your hair at all.... :)

I am a patient advocate for Dr. Parsa Mohebi in Los Angeles, CA. My opinions/comments are my own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Dr. Mohebi and his staff.

vurog
02-05-2016, 03:06 PM
The pictures make it difficult to get a really good idea. The one with your crown had a flash, which distorts the reality a bit, for example. Also, it's really difficult to get a good idea with your hair so short. My guess is that you're over analyzing it now that it's something you're concerned about. A lot of us are guilty of this, myself included. It's as if you've convinced yourself that you're losing your hair, so you'll look for any evidence you can to support this diagnosis, even if it isn't necessarily true.

Are you planning on letting your hair grow back out? This would really help give you a better idea of what's going on with your hair.

As for the hairline being different on each side - yes, that's totally normal. Hairlines aren't always perfectly symmetrical, so this isn't something I would be too concerned about.

Also, I think it's really hard to tell if a hair is miniaturized or not with just the naked eye. It's possible, sure - but not something I would bank on. And it is completely natural for there to be random, sparse, single hairs at the hairline. That's quite normal.

If I were you, I would let my hair grow back out and see what it looks like then. Or if you're really anxious about it, the only way to know for sure if you're losing your hair or not would be to set up an appointment with a trusted hair transplant surgeon to test the miniaturization levels of your hair. But as I said before, I'm not convinced you're losing your hair at all.... :)

I am a patient advocate for Dr. Parsa Mohebi in Los Angeles, CA. My opinions/comments are my own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Dr. Mohebi and his staff.

Hey pkipling!

Thank you so much for the response, I really really do hope I am not loosing hair I've had shoulder length hair for most of my teenage years so yes I definitely want to grow it out again, It's sort of a distinct personality.
I had always been very emotional regarding my hair, Used to grow it over the summer and be forced to cut it short before school started when I was younger (Went to a private school) and I'd always get very disappointed because I always wanted longer hair.

You have no idea how much your advice helps me, I've been in much distress lately regarding this and all I think about is my hair every single second that it is affecting my sleeping schedule/school life.

I'll monitor it over the next few months and let it grow out and hopefully everything will be fine :)

pkipling
02-12-2016, 05:39 PM
Hey pkipling!

Thank you so much for the response, I really really do hope I am not loosing hair I've had shoulder length hair for most of my teenage years so yes I definitely want to grow it out again, It's sort of a distinct personality.
I had always been very emotional regarding my hair, Used to grow it over the summer and be forced to cut it short before school started when I was younger (Went to a private school) and I'd always get very disappointed because I always wanted longer hair.

You have no idea how much your advice helps me, I've been in much distress lately regarding this and all I think about is my hair every single second that it is affecting my sleeping schedule/school life.

I'll monitor it over the next few months and let it grow out and hopefully everything will be fine :)

Good to hear, man! The less you stress out about it, the better. Now just let your hair grow out like you always wanted to - and keep it that way. ;) Update this thread in a few months, and try not to think about it at all until then.

I am a patient advocate for Dr. Parsa Mohebi in Los Angeles, CA. My opinions/comments are my own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Dr. Mohebi and his staff.

vurog
02-12-2016, 07:56 PM
Good to hear, man! The less you stress out about it, the better. Now just let your hair grow out like you always wanted to - and keep it that way. ;) Update this thread in a few months, and try not to think about it at all until then.

I am a patient advocate for Dr. Parsa Mohebi in Los Angeles, CA. My opinions/comments are my own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Dr. Mohebi and his staff.

Hey!

Yeah thanks for the input, It's just hard to get it off your mind sometimes, It's been almost a month (23~) days since I last shaved my head and my hair is growing at a really nice pace, But still my left temple feels and looks thinner than the right, I'll be visiting a trichologist next week.

I can upload pictures if you want to see them for yourself..

vurog
04-16-2016, 09:54 AM
Update:

So, it's been awhile since I was overly worried/paranoid about my hair and haven't shaved it again since then however with it a bit longer now can anyone look to see if this is normal or not?

4 pictures of my crown, 2 with flash and 2 w/o for comparison, I honestly can't tell but its hard not to worry over it, I shed what I believe is normal amounts of hair, theres a few strands of hair
on my pillow when I wake up, but I don't see any hair in the shower or anything.

http://imgur.com/a/eZkg8

Ohthehair
04-16-2016, 10:41 AM
A perfectly normal crown, sir!

vurog
04-16-2016, 10:41 PM
A perfectly normal crown, sir!

Thank you for responding, is it also normal for it to look like this from a slightly different angle?

http://imgur.com/0u9HEEi

hamishb
04-17-2016, 03:07 AM
Hey man, quick question.

Do you mind me asking, when you shaved your hair, did you think that the hair that grew back was thicker?

I ask because my crown is pretty much similar to yours, however like your latest image, under like direct sunlight it looks thin in places, but I think that all men suffer from this, as the crown is I think slightly less denser than other parts of the scalp.

My 2 cents; take regular pictures and back them up to a cloud service so you can rely on them later and if possible, try and see a respected hair transplant doctor, trichologist or dermatologist.

vurog
04-17-2016, 03:40 AM
Hey man, quick question.

Do you mind me asking, when you shaved your hair, did you think that the hair that grew back was thicker?

I ask because my crown is pretty much similar to yours, however like your latest image, under like direct sunlight it looks thin in places, but I think that all men suffer from this, as the crown is I think slightly less denser than other parts of the scalp.

My 2 cents; take regular pictures and back them up to a cloud service so you can rely on them later and if possible, try and see a respected hair transplant doctor, trichologist or dermatologist.

Hey Hamishb,

I shaved my head back in December after growing my hair out for a long long time, I had below shoulder length hair. And shaved it twice since the new year.
I have naturally very thin hair and didn't notice it growing back thicker at all, I think its just a myth, its not like after you shave, the new hair is suddenly sprouting out of new roots or anything.

And yeah I definitely agree, every person will look like their going bald if you see their crown directly under a harsh flash/sunlight, I see it quite often outside when its sunny.
Also I did go to see a Trichologist back in feb/march, though he didn't do a trichotest on me he himself just told me not to worry about it, but being the stubborn person I am I constantly keep coming back to this.

But if you are thinking about shaving ur head, I'd honestly say go for it, firstly you can see how you look when/if you go bald and secondly its feels awesome.

hamishb
04-17-2016, 04:06 AM
Hey Hamishb,

I shaved my head back in December after growing my hair out for a long long time, I had below shoulder length hair. And shaved it twice since the new year.
I have naturally very thin hair and didn't notice it growing back thicker at all, I think its just a myth, its not like after you shave, the new hair is suddenly sprouting out of new roots or anything.

And yeah I definitely agree, every person will look like their going bald if you see their crown directly under a harsh flash/sunlight, I see it quite often outside when its sunny.
Also I did go to see a Trichologist back in feb/march, though he didn't do a trichotest on me he himself just told me not to worry about it, but being the stubborn person I am I constantly keep coming back to this.

But if you are thinking about shaving ur head, I'd honestly say go for it, firstly you can see how you look when/if you go bald and secondly its feels awesome.

Thanks for the reply mate.

Yeah I will be shaving it very soon, just to see how my crown area grows out.

However, I start a new job in 2 months. If I shave my head in a week or so, how much growth can I get back in 2 months? Like will it be the level of a level 1 buzz cut or will I see some normal thick hair?

vurog
04-17-2016, 05:00 AM
Thanks for the reply mate.

Yeah I will be shaving it very soon, just to see how my crown area grows out.

However, I start a new job in 2 months. If I shave my head in a week or so, how much growth can I get back in 2 months? Like will it be the level of a level 1 buzz cut or will I see some normal thick hair?

In 2 months its going to be about the length of my hair, I shaved my head at the end of jan again, But it can vary person to person also, if you are gonna shave I suggest just doing it clean :D, you'll grow a level 1 buzz in about a week or so.

hamishb
04-17-2016, 05:27 AM
In 2 months its going to be about the length of my hair, I shaved my head at the end of jan again, But it can vary person to person also, if you are gonna shave I suggest just doing it clean :D, you'll grow a level 1 buzz in about a week or so.

Yeah Defo going clean man. Might as well if I'm going all the way haha.

Also, do you find your crown looks worse when your hair is greasy? My hair gets greasy after 24 hours and my crown just looks clumped.

vurog
04-17-2016, 06:02 AM
Its really different, time to time especially when I have bed hair. But if I look at my crown with a handmirror it looks like its pretty normal, just depends on what angle I look at it.

Also I found a really old picture on my facebook from a concert back in 2009 lol ..
http://imgur.com/xsiqstI

You can clearly see my crown in that picture, and I was like 14 then, and it doesn't seem like its changed 5 years later but that photo isn't really clear, though I also always wore my hair long so I never realized it before until now..

hamishb
04-17-2016, 07:15 AM
Its really different, time to time especially when I have bed hair. But if I look at my crown with a handmirror it looks like its pretty normal, just depends on what angle I look at it.

Also I found a really old picture on my facebook from a concert back in 2009 lol ..
http://imgur.com/xsiqstI

You can clearly see my crown in that picture, and I was like 14 then, and it doesn't seem like its changed 5 years later but that photo isn't really clear, though I also always wore my hair long so I never realized it before until now..

I know what you mean man. When I look at my crown using the 2 mirror technique, it looks ok.

But today in the sun, it can either look like the 1st or 3rd picture, or depending on the camera's focus/light exposure, so the sun really shines, it can look like the 2nd picture! What do you think of the pics?

460144601546016

I'm gonna try and find old pics of my crown too, but it's gonna be hard.

Anyhow, thanks for all your help man, will be shaving it off soon thanks to you.

vurog
04-17-2016, 08:17 AM
I know what you mean man. When I look at my crown using the 2 mirror technique, it looks ok.

But today in the sun, it can either look like the 1st or 3rd picture, or depending on the camera's focus/light exposure, so the sun really shines, it can look like the 2nd picture! What do you think of the pics?

460144601546016

I'm gonna try and find old pics of my crown too, but it's gonna be hard.

Anyhow, thanks for all your help man, will be shaving it off soon thanks to you.

I honestly don't know, Under the sun anyone can look like their thinning because the light directly penetrates where ur crown is same goes for flash and stuff, I see this often on sunny days.
How is ur hairline? Has it matured? You could also ask someone if ur family if they've noticed ur crown before.

hamishb
04-17-2016, 08:20 AM
I honestly don't know, Under the sun anyone can look like their thinning because the light directly penetrates where ur crown is same goes for flash and stuff, I see this often on sunny days.
How is ur hairline? Has it matured? You could also ask someone if ur family if they've noticed ur crown before.

Hairline is the same since I was like 16, no changes, which leads me to believe that my crown is pretty much the same then.

I know now to take pics both in the sun and under normal lighting conditions to compare in a few months time.

Thanks for all the answers bro and sorry for butting into your thread, I'm gonna try and see some hair specialists soon.

vurog
04-17-2016, 09:44 AM
Hairline is the same since I was like 16, no changes, which leads me to believe that my crown is pretty much the same then.

I know now to take pics both in the sun and under normal lighting conditions to compare in a few months time.

Thanks for all the answers bro and sorry for butting into your thread, I'm gonna try and see some hair specialists soon.

Yeah, try not to over obsess it, I know its hard but its the best thing you can do.
But sometimes MBP can start at the crown rather than the hairline however.

hamishb
04-17-2016, 10:01 AM
Yeah I've read that too. It's just when I place a mirror on top even with sunlight, it seems perfectly fine.

I'm gonna try and remain level headed until I see an expert.

Thanks man

ez456
04-29-2016, 10:57 AM
You have zero hair loss. You're lucky. Maybe you will lose some in many years but that's way off and most guys will.

Forget about it. Genuinely, or it can becomr an obsession.

vurog
05-03-2016, 06:05 AM
Hey guys.. I know many of you have said that I have perfectly normal hair, but it's really really difficult to not obsess over this.
I don't know if I have BDD or something, but its getting to the point where I take a picture of my hair every hour or so to see how it looks.
I also noticed something across the side of my head which connects to my crown, is this normal for thin/fine hair or is it the start of diffuse pattern alopecia?

http://imgur.com/a/d6Xap

vurog
05-07-2016, 11:48 AM
Bumping this thread, Can anyone please reply to my previous post?

hamishb
05-07-2016, 12:37 PM
Bumping this thread, Can anyone please reply to my previous post?


Hey man, it's me again. Best advice I can give bro is to go get checked out by a hair surgeon/dermatologist/trichologist [that is a member of a recognised body] (in that order of preference), as everyone here will just be giving opinions without any medical education. I have been researching crowns now for about a month and in all honesty, your crown looks fine. Camera flash and direct sunlight will always make it look worse. Furthermore, I find that phone cameras over saturate dark things, well I think iPhones do, I can't comment on other smartphone cameras but i'm guessing they're quite similar.

For example, sit down on a chair and take your smartphone and point it to the floor (my floor is a light cream colour) and tap it so it focusses. The colour shouldn't change, Now move the direction of the camera so it's looking it at a dark pair of jeans that you're wearing and tap your jeans to focus. BAM, the shot saturates as the camera opens it's lens to let more light in. Now imagine what it does to your black/brown hair!

Hopefully the camera example makes sense!

vurog
05-08-2016, 10:37 AM
Hey man, it's me again. Best advice I can give bro is to go get checked out by a hair surgeon/dermatologist/trichologist [that is a member of a recognised body] (in that order of preference), as everyone here will just be giving opinions without any medical education. I have been researching crowns now for about a month and in all honesty, your crown looks fine. Camera flash and direct sunlight will always make it look worse. Furthermore, I find that phone cameras over saturate dark things, well I think iPhones do, I can't comment on other smartphone cameras but i'm guessing they're quite similar.

For example, sit down on a chair and take your smartphone and point it to the floor (my floor is a light cream colour) and tap it so it focusses. The colour shouldn't change, Now move the direction of the camera so it's looking it at a dark pair of jeans that you're wearing and tap your jeans to focus. BAM, the shot saturates as the camera opens it's lens to let more light in. Now imagine what it does to your black/brown hair!

Hopefully the camera example makes sense!

Thanks, I'm not in my home town right now because of Uni but once I go back I'll definitely see a specialist, what bothers me the most is that I've never really seen myself before with this short hair so I don't know whats normal or what isn't for me. I've always worn my hair very long since the age of 15/16.

pkipling
05-17-2016, 10:31 PM
Thanks, I'm not in my home town right now because of Uni but once I go back I'll definitely see a specialist, what bothers me the most is that I've never really seen myself before with this short hair so I don't know whats normal or what isn't for me. I've always worn my hair very long since the age of 15/16.

While you're waiting to see a specialist, I think it's imperative that you seek out a counselor or psychologist of some sort through your school to help you deal with this stress. I struggled with OCD for 20 years before I finally got it under control, so I understand how the obsessing part works. It can be a complicated process, and I do think it's something you should talk to a professional about, as they'll be able to evaluate you personally and give you a specific regimen that would really work for you.

For example, here's something you could try: Every time you have the urge to take a picture of your hair and analyze it, do something else. Anything. Read a book. Turn on a song. Write something. Anything at all to distract you (granted it's something healthy and not destructive). Think of this obsession with your hair as a monster that wants to take over your life, and every time you give in to the monster and analyze your hair, you feed it and it grows stronger. The more you obsess, the stronger the obsession grow. The more comfortable you're able to get with the uncomfortable feeling that you may be losing your hair, the weaker that monster becomes and the less power it has.

I think this could be a good starting point for you. It seems you have two separate issues you need to address with a professional, one being your hair. However, regardless of that situation, you need to learn better coping mechanisms for dealing with stress of this nature, and that's something you need a psychologist for. I suggest you seek that out as soon as possible so you can start having less stress in your days. :)

I hope that's of some help to you. Keep that head up!

I am a patient advocate for Dr. Parsa Mohebi in Los Angeles, CA. My views/opinions are my own and don't necessarily reflect the opinions of Dr. Mohebi and his staff.

vurog
05-23-2016, 06:44 AM
While you're waiting to see a specialist, I think it's imperative that you seek out a counselor or psychologist of some sort through your school to help you deal with this stress. I struggled with OCD for 20 years before I finally got it under control, so I understand how the obsessing part works. It can be a complicated process, and I do think it's something you should talk to a professional about, as they'll be able to evaluate you personally and give you a specific regimen that would really work for you.

For example, here's something you could try: Every time you have the urge to take a picture of your hair and analyze it, do something else. Anything. Read a book. Turn on a song. Write something. Anything at all to distract you (granted it's something healthy and not destructive). Think of this obsession with your hair as a monster that wants to take over your life, and every time you give in to the monster and analyze your hair, you feed it and it grows stronger. The more you obsess, the stronger the obsession grow. The more comfortable you're able to get with the uncomfortable feeling that you may be losing your hair, the weaker that monster becomes and the less power it has.

I think this could be a good starting point for you. It seems you have two separate issues you need to address with a professional, one being your hair. However, regardless of that situation, you need to learn better coping mechanisms for dealing with stress of this nature, and that's something you need a psychologist for. I suggest you seek that out as soon as possible so you can start having less stress in your days. :)

I hope that's of some help to you. Keep that head up!

I am a patient advocate for Dr. Parsa Mohebi in Los Angeles, CA. My views/opinions are my own and don't necessarily reflect the opinions of Dr. Mohebi and his staff.


Hey man, I appreciate the advice and will take it into consideration.

Its definitely a very hard time for me right now, I don't know many people at Uni and i've been pretty homesick lately.

Whenever you or anyone reading this get the time I'd like to get some input on what I'm about to type

Back in September I moved to a completely new country for university, I'd never been far from home before this.
This was an incredibly stressful time for me, I couldn't find a suitable place to live and managed to dish out quite abit of money on a hotel room for 2 weeks while I searched
for an apartment dealing with all that and starting uni etc. was definitely a huge change in my life, 4 months right after that I had to get my wisdom teeth extracted and was
in quite abit of pain. The stress of that + having to deal with finals at the same time wasn't great.
Shortly after this (Around X-mas) I noticed my hairloss, I would have never thought that some day I'd go bald lol.
Can this be TE? Or am I just lying to myself/convincing myself that I don't have MBP.

Secondly, After I shaved my head I noticed these red spots all over my scalp
http://imgur.com/a/OxFQc, Couldn't go see a GP cause It was Christmas time and all the clinics were closed by the time they reopened these spots were gone.
I've always had dandruff for as long as I can remember aswell, does that look like it could be causing my hairloss? I've noticed these redspots reappearing, But I don't have
any major dandruff or itching, not the flaky kind of dandruff i used to atleast.

First thing I do when I head back to my hometown is go to a dermatologist and get this figured out, probably multiple derm's just to get another opinion.

pkipling
05-23-2016, 08:10 PM
Hey man, I appreciate the advice and will take it into consideration.

Its definitely a very hard time for me right now, I don't know many people at Uni and i've been pretty homesick lately.

Whenever you or anyone reading this get the time I'd like to get some input on what I'm about to type

Back in September I moved to a completely new country for university, I'd never been far from home before this.
This was an incredibly stressful time for me, I couldn't find a suitable place to live and managed to dish out quite abit of money on a hotel room for 2 weeks while I searched
for an apartment dealing with all that and starting uni etc. was definitely a huge change in my life, 4 months right after that I had to get my wisdom teeth extracted and was
in quite abit of pain. The stress of that + having to deal with finals at the same time wasn't great.
Shortly after this (Around X-mas) I noticed my hairloss, I would have never thought that some day I'd go bald lol.
Can this be TE? Or am I just lying to myself/convincing myself that I don't have MBP.

Secondly, After I shaved my head I noticed these red spots all over my scalp
http://imgur.com/a/OxFQc, Couldn't go see a GP cause It was Christmas time and all the clinics were closed by the time they reopened these spots were gone.
I've always had dandruff for as long as I can remember aswell, does that look like it could be causing my hairloss? I've noticed these redspots reappearing, But I don't have
any major dandruff or itching, not the flaky kind of dandruff i used to atleast.

First thing I do when I head back to my hometown is go to a dermatologist and get this figured out, probably multiple derm's just to get another opinion.

Without being examined by a professional, it's impossible to know what exactly caused your hair loss. However, I will say that given the amount of stress you've been under in a very short amount of time, there is a possibility that something is going on aside from MPB. Stress can cause hair loss, so we can't completely write that off as a possibility. From what you've described, you've been dealing with a lot and haven't had the most effective tools at your disposal to manage it all.

I've had dandruff/flaky scalp on and off my entire life. One thing I've noticed is that the shorter I keep my hair, the less issues I have with my scalp, so I don't find it surprising that the redness went away once you buzzed your hair. I don't know if your situation is the same, but the longer my hair gets, the more the oils/products get stuck on the scalp and it will break out. Also, when I do have an outbreak on my scalp, my hair fall does increase quite considerably.

All of these things are important to note when trying to determine what is causing your hair loss. However, don't count on this to mean that you're definitely not experiencing MPB on some level. That could still very well be the case. I don't want to alarm you, but I also don't want to fill you with false hope. There's really nothing you can do definitively until you meet with a specialist to talk this through.

So keep a positive attitude, keep your stress levels down, and understand that no matter what you're dealing with and going through, you WILL survive and come out victorious (no matter what that outcome is). When we're stuck in the middle of a stressful situation, it's easy to believe that there's no way out and that we're going to be stuck there forever. However, one day you'll be on the other side of the situation smiling at the recognition that you made it to the other side.

I am a patient advocate for Dr. Parsa Mohebi in Los Angeles, CA. My views/opinions are my own and don't necessarily reflect the opinions of Dr. Mohebi and his staff.

vurog
08-24-2016, 01:10 AM
Hey guys, haven't been active much as I kinda got over the whole "I'm loosing my hair thing" but here I am once again and just want to show how my hair looks 8 months since I first noticed hair loss and shaved my head.

I went to see a Trichologist however didn't charge me a penny and said he couldn't do a trichotest on me but by the looks of it my hair looks fine, he didn't suspect me to be loosing hair at all, nor did he thing my hairline was receeding.

I regret not looking at what my hair really looks like back when I was younger, I always had a high hairline and it was never straight as far as I can remember.

Dad had a "Mature hairline" ever since I knew him and only started showing visable hairloss at around 57, both grandparents are bald few cousins from my Moms side are bald and same goes for her brother.

I went back to visit parents during the summer holidays and they all told me I look fine, nothing to worry about and that they don't really see anything different in the way my hair is compared to when I suspected loosing hair.

I'll post some before and after pictures here.

Long hair: http://imgur.com/a/Yy6qN
Long hair hairline: http://imgur.com/a/tZd9J
Buzzed hairline: http://imgur.com/a/MGb5w
Everything now, Most of these were taken within the past 1 month: http://imgur.com/a/mzTM0

My hair has a tendency to do whatever it wants, Sometimes its curly, sometimes straight usually gets curly when its pretty humid.
Note that my hair usually has a tendency to part where that middle line is, could that just be a natural parting? I also have thin hair.

I just want an outsiders opinion on what my situation currently is like, I don't have the money to see a specialist whatsoever with Uni starting again so soon but I also don't want to keep thinking about me loosing hair just as the semester starts.

birdsnest
08-24-2016, 11:20 PM
Honestly bro I think you're fine.

Everyone has weird part lines on their head. I've noticed tons since I fell down the rabbit hole too. Just take a look at girls hair now. They even show scalp.

Your hairline also looks good. Just matured, or you've had it all your life I dunno.