Alopecia UK aims to provide information, advice and support for people with experience of patchy or total hair loss (i.e. not the common male-pattern baldness). It includes a discussion forum and pages of tips for dealing with a new appearance, advice for covering up hair loss, and how to cope with difficult situations that may arise. It has an excellent section on wigs.
Bald Guyz is a US company producing scalp care products for bald men. The entertaining website is designed to sell their products, but also has interviews, a Bald guy of the week section and a Clubhouse section to share ideas, photos and happenings about the bald and the beautiful.
Bald is Beautiful
Bald is Beautiful. This site includes reasons to be pleased about being bald, a baldness hall of fame, miscellaneous information (bald animals, bald places, bald quotes, bald literature), details of bald pride organizations and more.
Bonnyton Hats is a small hat company in Scotland that specializes in lovely hats for people who have lost their hair. The hats are made to order, so any design is possible. They are lined with soft fleece or towelling. Their website shows some of the hats they have made. Write to: Bonnyton Hats Ltd, Mill of Bonnyton, Old Rayne, Insch, Aberdeenshire AB52 6SD. Tel: 01464 851012
Counselling Directory (UK)
This website provides a UK-wide database of qualified and insured counsellors and psychotherapists, as well as articles on types of distress, including low self-esteem, and psychological therapies.
Department of Health's leaflet HC12(LP)
Wigs. In the UK, the Department of Health's leaflet HC12(LP) - 'A Quick Guide to Help with Health Costs' has full details of who can get a wig or fabric support free.
If you buy your wig privately, you may be able to get it free of VAT, because it is being supplied to someone with a medical condition. You can do this only if the wig supplier has made a special agreement with Customs and Excise, so check before buying. You will have to sign a special form, which the shop will give you at the time of purchase (you cannot claim at a later date).
European Hair Research Society
European Hair Research Society is an organization for scientists and doctors, but its website has useful links for anyone seeking detailed information.
Hairloss Talk is a website packed full of information about baldness and its treatment.
National Alopecia Areata Foundation
The National Alopecia Areata Foundation is an American organization with a helpful website. Write to: NAAF, 14 Mitcvhell Boulevard, San Rafael, CA 94903, USA. Tel: 001 415 472 3780.
Regaine. Pharmacia & Upjohn, the manufacturer of Regaine, has a website for consumers that promotes their product, but also has useful information. www.regaine.co.uk
ScalpBloc is a thin, non-greasy SPF 20 sunscreen for use on bald scalps. It is not oily, and it forms an invisible film over the skin. It is available from pharmacies. Tel: 0845 399 0022 for stockists.