I always had a wild head of hair. My hair, like my father's, is naturally curly and can never be cut and styled to keep up with trends. In the seventies I wore it long and wild. In the eighties, I’m not proud to admit that I wore a mullet. Ever since the nineties, when I bought a convertible, I’ve kept my hair cut quite short. I started wearing it short so it wouldn’t get too messy when I drove with the top down and I kept wearing it short because, now, when it gets longer my “thinning area” becomes more noticeable.
I call it a “thinning area” because it’s not really a “bald spot” but I’m certain that this zone will, eventually, be completely devoid of new hair growth. I’m not going to worry about it, like some folks do, because there’s little than can be done to stop it and I have bigger battles to fight. It’s interesting, however, to learn that I have unusual company in the hair loss department … polar bears.
Scientists in Alaska have recently discovered that many polar bears in the region suffer from alopecia. Research teams have been, periodically, sent to the area since 1984 to track, sedate and examine polar bears to help determine their general health and habits.
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