My Alopecia – Six Month Update

Hair loss can be very troubling, especially when you don’t know the cause. That’s how I felt when a bald patch formed last December. In January 2016, armed with medical information and research, I worked up a plan to deal with it and see if my hair would grow back. It’s six months later. Let’s see how I’m progressing.

Alopecia 6 months

(1) Take supplements consistently

My supplements of choice are Manetabolism Plus, Fish oil (Omega-3 Fatty Acids) and Feroglobin B12. I am still taking them regularly.

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(2) Improve diet

My diet isn’t as great as it was during the last update. Most days, I manage to get three meals in. Things have been in flux behind the scenes. When that happens, my diet goes out the window. Things are a bit more settled now so I can get back on track.

(3) Maintain water intake

My water intake has decreased a bit but I still get about 2 liters per day. If I don’t drink at least that much, I tend to get really bad headaches. I recently got a new phone and I’m looking for an app that has similar features as HydroCoach. That app really helps me keep track of my water intake.

(4) Exercise at least three times per week

My exercise routine is currently non-existent and laughable. I had to stop playing tennis because everything was wonky as I mentioned before.  I want to go back to it since it was so much fun. In the meantime, I want to try some at home exercises.

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*Me, when I look at my current exercise routine*

(5) Using ketoconazole-based products

As I mentioned in the last update, I no longer use Nizoral or any ketoconazole products.

(6) Focus on my hair regimen

I’ve been pretty consistent with my regimen. I tried to make it as simple as possible. I FINALLY got my hair straightened and trimmed. The process had some ups and downs. More on that in a future post. I still use alternate between a moisturising deep conditioner and a protein one.

(7) Manage my stress; Worry less

The past few weeks haven’t been too great on the stress front. See: the two-month blog break I just took. As I mentioned, things are a bit calmer so my stress level is down.

(8) Don’t Touch the Hair

My regimen has been super simple. I wash and condition my hair. Then, I put it into two braids and take it down once or twice during the week to moisturize it. I really don’t touch my hair 🙂 However, my hair is having some issues which I will explain in another post.

(9) Be patient

As I’ve said before, hair growth takes time. I need to be patient and wait for the recovery.

Enough chit chat. Let’s get to the pics!

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You can see that the spot is essentially covered. This is in spite of my current slacking. Now that things are a bit calmer, I can focus a bit more on my health.

Are you experiencing hair loss? How did you handle it?

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