Bald prejudice is often a subtle mask for a different snap judgement, as many people presume that a man with a shaved head is one of two things: gay or racist...Men who shave their heads receive prejudice from both the socially liberal and the socially conservative, seeing us as a demon representative of something they abhor.
Being ready to shave my head proved to me that I had accepted I was losing my hair and could do nothing about it. But coming to terms with the new identity I'd have as a hairless man was to be a much harder struggle...
Most people my age are out drinking cocktails, playing crazy golf and squeezing every drop out of youth before real adulthood kicks in. Yet I'm at home, crying under a florescent light as I razor the stubble from the back and sides of my scalp.
Wayne Rooney. Gordon Ramsay. Louis Walsh. Three men with completely different roles in the limelight, but with one thing in common - they've all turned to surgery to restore their thinning hair. While the stars may have received their fair share of light-hearted ridicule for their procedures, both from the media and the general public, their hair transplants have now become part of who they are without damaging their careers or reputations.
The husband and I are now at that stage when we are thinking about whether or not we should be planning for a third child. Luckily on the same page - we are not very keen to rock the boat but equally realising we might be sad to miss the boat if we don't at least think about it properly.
In technical terms, sensory nerve fibres, neurohormones and neutrophins all play a role in the hair growth cycle. Levels of stress can have an effect on these and consequently accelerate loss of hair.
I have done a lot of research into this connection and have become very interested in how our bodies work and how our bodies work and how different parts of our body affect others. I had no idea that the food we put into our bodies can have a strong affect on many skin conditions.
Being in my late thirties with a toddler to chase after, I felt exhausted during the second pregnancy and absolutely wiped out after the birth. It was a physical and mental challenge going from one to two.
The feeling you have as an alopecia sufferer is initially panic followed by "oh god not again"!? Because the thing is you never know when a patch is going to appear - when it's going to grow back - if it's going to grow back?
There are certain realities you have to face when you have a cancer diagnosis. Life is never going to be quite the same again. Chemotherapy saps your strength and energy levels and the radiotherapy is sore long after you leave the unit, but worse than the treatment itself, for many women, is the hair loss.
It isn't often that women take grooming tips from Wayne Rooney, but when his hair transplant made tabloid headlines, God help me, I wanted one. So was this new treatment a men-only thing?
My short, wispy fringe is not some kind of fashion statement. I try to keep it hidden but when my hair is newly washed thick tufts of it stand up on end. It looks ridiculous but at least it shows my hair is recovering from what is fetchingly known as postpartum hair loss.
Plug grafts are an archaic form of hair transplantation that was popular in the 1980s. They left many patients with results which were not aesthetically pleasing and many people have turned to today's refined techniques in order to rectify the appearance of their scalps.
One of the biggest fears when going bald is what other people will think. I used to ask myself questions like "Will people make fun of me?" "Will I be attractive?" "Will people think I look weird?"
Several incorrect media articles over the last few days have been published stating middle-aged men with a certain balding pattern are at an increased risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer than men with no baldness. Well, this is highly inaccurate in my opinion and unfortunately caused a great deal of men unnecessary anxiety and stress.
Make sure your diet contains lots of protein to keep your hair in tip-top condition. The amino acids in protein help cell regeneration and growth, which is important when it comes to giving your hair a helping hand.