Hi, my name is Gaby from Hannover in Germany and I have been suffering from scarring Alopecia since I was a child. It took over 60 years of living with this condition, before a doctor gave me my diagnosis.
When I was a child my hair got thinner and thinner, so my mother cut it short, that's all. When becoming a teenager it started bothering me, because I never looked like my friends from school. I felt like a grey mouse. When I was around 17 my mother allowed me to have a perm. I ended up looking like poodle, every new try had the same result. I was sad, tried my first cheap wig, as curly as the singer and dancer from the musical “Hair”. But that was a massive change, the wig did not fit properly and my mum only allowed me to wear her at weekends. I felt awful, as you might believe.
When I was old enough to decide myself I dyed, permed or used false african curls, all sorts to make me feel better. But not forever, as my top started losing a lot of hair. No chance for falsies, next solution was all sorts of colours, short haircuts and tons of gel and spray, to keep it in place.
When I used hats I could not take them off, the hair was stuck to the scalp. 2 years ago I had a depression and found that it was time to face my problem and braved the shave. My husband helped, and I started my search for a doctor.
In October 2017 I got my first prescription from my doctor, I got my first real wig, result!! Well, up to now I have 13 wigs and about 15 gorgeous hat's. I don't regret a minute since then. I have noticed that I am also allergic to some things and developed Asthma.
As a well trained nurse , we are taught how to prepare good food, this always comes in handy. I love cooking and try a lot like Asian, Indian or Moroccan foods. We buy good food, don't eat a lot of meat, more vegetables and fish, this works great on us. Healthy food is important, but I don't believe that living vegan is helping prevent alopecia which is my personal opinion, as we always lived healthy, yet my hair didn't stay. Hair loss, there's a lot more to it…