Jasmine Oguns had her hair full and intact when she was growing up. Her hair used to be very long during her primary and secondary school days.
But getting to the tertiary institution in 2004, something suddenly happened to her long and cherished hair as she noticed patches on her scalp when she visited the salon to make her hair. She became worried.
The patches progressed and was initially thought to be ringworm infection, it was later diagnosed as alopecia, or, simply put, hair loss, which she said was strange to her and her parents as they had never heard of such before. None of her family members also had the condition.
Managing the condition from 2004 to 2015 was a struggle, Jasmine narrated, as it impacted negatively on her mental health before she got a respite from a research that enlightened and made her to know that there are people living with alopecia and that it is not a death sentence.
Jasmine said people who laugh at her do not know that she was born with hair, a long, healthy one at that.
“I was born with hair. I was not born with alopecia. Growing up as a child, my hair used to be very long. But sometime in 2004, I discovered a bald part on one side of my head when I went to make my hair.
“The stylist drew my attention to it. I thought it was a minor thing.But when I visited the salon the next time, I noticed another bald part. So, I became worried. Then, I was in my first year in school. When I got home and showed it to my mother, she, too, thought it was a minor thing — like ringworm.
“I started applying different things on my hair, while people also suggested various things for me to use.
“However, it got worse. I couldn’t go to the salon anymore, and I started making my hair myself. At a point, I could not braid my hair anymore, so I shaved it, believing it will grow back. But it did not.
“The balding started like the size of a coin, then it continued progressing and the balding patches were linking up. So, what was left didn’t make any sense and I had to shave the hair completely,” Jasmine narrated.
We thought it was spiritual attack
Jasmine told our correspondent that her parents and family members thought the hair loss was caused by spiritual attack.
She narrated, “The whole thing was strange to everyone. We were all worried, thinking it was spiritual attack.
“So, I was taken from one church to another for healing and even the pastors did not know what it was.
“Later, I met a dermatologist who diagnosed alopecia. That was in 2008 and he told me that it does not have a cure.
“But there were prescriptions of 50-50 chance for my hair to grow back. There was a medication that he placed me on; it cost N15,000 per can and I had to get a can every fortnight.
“So, between 2008 and 2011, I used the medication, but there was no improvement. I lost my eyebrows and eyelashes. At that point, everybody became more worried. But before the end of 2011, my lashes grew back but not completely.”
Source: Punch News