Hi all, I'm 28 years old and have been dealing with this nightmare since I was a teen. I have androgenic alopecia which I believe was triggered by accutaine and birth control pills. I also have PCOS. I'm currently on BC pills and aldactone. I've been on BC pills for nearly my entire adult life. I don't even have a period anymore. Over the past few years my hair has gotten progressively worse to the point that I can no longer hide it or act like it isn't a problem. Hair, whether mine or someone else's, consumes practically every minute of every day. I had never spoken to anyone about my hairloss or the way it made me feel, until one day I just lost it and told my mother I'd rather be dead than deal with this and have to look at myself in the mirror every day. Until now, due to finances, I hadn't had many options. I have one synthetic wig that I've never left the house in. I don't like the feel of them. I don't like taking it on and off, I just don't like it. I'm single and I don't even date anymore due to my hair, but if I did, I certainly don't want to preface any "fun" sessions with "oh, let me take off my hair or it will fall off" - I can't imagine a bigger mood killer. Anyway, I finally went to one of those hair loss places and I'm having a piece made. (I'll get it in 8-10 weeks). I guess I would call it a topper or partial piece. It will be bonded to my head (no, they don't have to shave my head! ) and will have to be re-bonded every 6 weeks. They bond it, cut it in, match the color of my natural hair, etc. I will be able to exercise, shower, sleep, and swim in it. I expected the cost to be MUCH greater than it really is. There are also no contracts! It's not cheap, but one day, I will be able to afford it on my own. For now, my mom's retirement is covering the cost. My issue is, I work in a cubicle farm. I have some very close co-workers and many that I'm cordial with and speak to and see on a regular basis. I probably speak to 50+ people a day and 10 of those I'd consider close friends. I've never discussed my hair loss with anyone at work, anyone other than my mother for that matter. I know this is going to be a dramatic change in my appearance and while I can deal with my close friends, I'm really concerned with dealing with all of my co-workers. It will be too obvious to say I just got my hair done. Some of my closer co-workers will likely ask a lot of questions. How do you handle that? And how do you respond to men who are obviously uncomfortable about it but know something is different? I can already feel my cheeks and chest flushing just thinking about it! I know it's a temporary inconvenience and uncomfortable feeling for what will dramatically improve my quality of life, but it's still very daunting. I do have before pictures and will take after pictures. I have some pretty dramatic pictures of my current state of hair loss. I'm not convinced I'll be brave enough to post them here, but if anyone wants me to email them privately I'm okay with that. Maybe it's just me, but seeing people's before and after photos really gives me hope!