How I Cured My Hair Loss With Just a Tiny Pill (Before and After Pics Included)

This will be a mytake of my personal experience with an autoimmune form of hair loss called Alopecia areata from this non approved drug called Xeljanz. There have been a total of 99 patients who were tested with this drug and the reports came out in early 2017 with high success rates. So I wanted to try this drug myself, but I'll get into all that later on. The doctor I went to also is a researcher and is now a famous one who gets lots of patients because of this discovery him and Dr. Angela Christiano made. He had some type of agreement between the company that made the drug where he could give his patients three months of the treatment for free. The drug is very expensive out of pocket $5000 for 60 tablets 5mg which only lasts you for one month. Anyways I only got two months for free. First I will show my before and after pics, then explain how the disease works and how the pill reverses the hair loss.

How I Cured My Hair Loss With Just a Tiny Pill (Before and After Pics Included)

1. How I looked before Alopecia

How I Cured My Hair Loss With Just a Tiny Pill (Before and After Pics Included)

How I Cured My Hair Loss With Just a Tiny Pill (Before and After Pics Included)
How I Cured My Hair Loss With Just a Tiny Pill (Before and After Pics Included)

That's me in the above picture before I was unpredictably faced with this unpredictable disease. I was 21 when I first got it. Once you notice your first bald spot you are more likely to receive even more bald spots. Although not always. However that was the case with me. When you do get it the hair loss, it spreads like wildfire. It can happen to anyone and at any age. It is hereditary, so if you have had family members with it you are at greater risk. That includes uncles, aunts, cousins, brothers, sister, dads, and moms. "How did they find out it's genetic and what genes cause it?" Well it wasn't until 2010 in a wide genome study they found out what genes cause it and that it was genetic. They also found that it had very similar genetic similarities and same genes of Vitiligo, Type one diabetes, Celiacs disease, and even Thyroid disease. Next I will be showing how my bald spots looked and my before and after pictures. Then lastly I will show how the medicine helps reverse the disease and the whole infrastructure.

2. When I had Alopecia

How I Cured My Hair Loss With Just a Tiny Pill (Before and After Pics Included)

How I Cured My Hair Loss With Just a Tiny Pill (Before and After Pics Included)
How I Cured My Hair Loss With Just a Tiny Pill (Before and After Pics Included)

I had a lot of pictures of the different phases and levels of patches of hair I had lost, but I wouldn't be able to post all of them on here. So I just put up the ones I felt were most important. If you are interested I will be putting up an imgur album at the very end of my mytake of all my different levels of hair loss and before and after pictures. Here you can see all the different parts of my hairs being affected including my beard and mustache. You can see despite what parts of your hairs are being attacked they all are in a patchy form. You can see the different phases of hair loss I had faced to the point where I had Alopecia areata Universalis. Which is total hair loss in your head and your whole body. Everyone's bald spots forms and amounts are different, that's what makes it so unpredictable. Very few people lose 100% hair like 0.2% of people do. I was one of those unlucky people. However that didn't last long, mainly I was left with very few stubbes of hair on my head. About 2-5% of hair if I had to guess. Those hairs were in what they call "exclamation hairs" cause they are very brittle and stick out. That's what happens when the hairs lay dormant. The worst part was when my hair was long, but there were a couple of bald spots, quickly I lost my hair in clumps. When the hairs get attacked they get attacked very quickly and rapidly. That's when one day it was in like 2014 I had noticed clumps of my hair falling out. This went on for about 3 weeks until before I knew it I lost all my hair, being completely bald. I would go to sleep and after waking up I would have chunks of my hair in my mouth in my bedsheets and pillows. I would climb in the shower and there was so much hair on the bottom of the tub, more than a cat's hairball.

3. Alopecia self-recovery

How I Cured My Hair Loss With Just a Tiny Pill (Before and After Pics Included)

How I Cured My Hair Loss With Just a Tiny Pill (Before and After Pics Included)

"So how did your hair regrow by itself?" This type of hair loss is much different than the type of hair loss most people know of, which is male or female pattern baldness. Also known as Androgenic alopecia. With Androgenic alopecia the hairs recede due to the hair cells being damaged or completely destroyed. There is much more about it, but I am not going to get into that. Basically the most common way you can tell someone has male or female pattern baldness vs. Alopecia areata is by looking at how the hair loss looks. People who have the typical pattern baldness their hair first starts out by thinning and in a pattern, the same goes for female pattern baldness. Where as people with areata the bald spots are very random looking and you can tell it has no pattern at all. If you took all the 6.5 million people in the U.S. with this condition you will see nobodies hair loss bald spots look exactly the same. I noticed my first bald spot on my eyebrows in March of 2013. That's another thing it can start off attacking any part of your hair not just on your head. That's also the biggest easiest difference to spot between the two diseases. That's part of the disease its so unpredictable, which is what makes it so frustrating. I didn't lose hair on my head until 2014 of January. By 2015 I had lost everything. The first things to go for me was my eyebrows, then my facial hair as you can see in the pictures, then it was hair on my head and at the same time hair on my pubes, legs, and arms. Then my eyelashes were the very last to go. One day out of nowhere some of the hair on my head started to regrow, its so weird how hair growth works it grows without you even truly noticing. It was last year 2017 on a late August. Then more grew back in early October, but then the hair growth stopped again. Thankfully no hair fell out either.

4. Treatment after two weeks

How I Cured My Hair Loss With Just a Tiny Pill (Before and After Pics Included)

I know it's difficult to believe that I regrew that much hair within two weeks. It's true though that's just the power of the drug and the power of science. I heard of this doctor three years before meeting him. He's now famous because of this discovery. He was the first to take a chance with this drug called Xeljanz on a patient. He was able to because the male patient had Alopecia and Psoriasis another autoimmune condition. This one was FDA approved so he was able to give him the drug at the time. I am going to show the rest of my after pictures first before explaining how the drug works.

5. Treatment after four weeks

How I Cured My Hair Loss With Just a Tiny Pill (Before and After Pics Included)

You can obviously still see the bald spots, but after a month notice the amount of hair growth. I went to that doctor in late October last year. He is from Connecticut and studied from Yale. I was so excited when I finally got to meet him. His name is Dr. Brett Andrew King. He had some sort of deal with the company making the drug "pfizer". So he was able to get me the medicine three months for free. Being monitored of course with blood tests. I could only get two months because by then my health insurance got cut.

6. Treatment after six weeks

How I Cured My Hair Loss With Just a Tiny Pill (Before and After Pics Included)

You can still see a few bald spots, but not as many and only a decent amount in the back of my neck. The good thing for me too was that most people don't grow that much hair that fast. The average amount of time to achieve 90% of hair regrowth in the clinical trials was four to five months. Keep in my mind I was only on the drug for two months. Eyelashes really starting to grow back and few eyebrows hair. I will show that in the next set of photos.

7. Treatment after two months

How I Cured My Hair Loss With Just a Tiny Pill (Before and After Pics Included)

How I Cured My Hair Loss With Just a Tiny Pill (Before and After Pics Included)

So this was when I had ran out of the medication. The only difficult part was that every month I would have to take blood tests. As I hate needles with a passion. To me it was still worth it though. This one might not seem that much different than the six weeks pics. Just in case you couldn't pick up on it, I'll point them out to you. You can see the amount of eyebrow hair and even some facial hair regrowth. I really wanted to know how I would have done for five months or even one extra month. I feel like I could have achieved 100% hair regrowth almost everywhere. Still I am very grateful that I was able to take this pill and share it with you girls and guys. I stopped the medication in late January and I still have not lost any hair, at least not anymore than the average human being. Everyone loses hair, it's just that its in such small amounts vs. the amount of hair your growing everyday that you don't even notice. It's common for people to be off the medication and to experience hair loss again. I was more of the lucky ones and still have not lost any hair.

8. My current hair status

How I Cured My Hair Loss With Just a Tiny Pill (Before and After Pics Included)

How I Cured My Hair Loss With Just a Tiny Pill (Before and After Pics Included)
How I Cured My Hair Loss With Just a Tiny Pill (Before and After Pics Included)

"some of your hairs have grown back, but why are they so light and hard to see?" This is not actually a common question people ask or even think, but when it gets pointed out you notice. This is also part of the disease. Sometimes when the hair grows back, certain parts are a very light color, sometimes even white as you see in some of my above pictures. Those are called vellus hairs. However even those parts regrow its full color. Usually when that happens it takes about three months to a year for full color restoration. Scientists still aren't fully sure why this happens. As you can see from my eyebrows there are what they call terminal hairs, which are the visible hairs and what I explained earlier "vellus hairs." In most of the pictures you can't see much eyebrow hair, but my last pic under the sun, you can see all the eyebrow hairs. They just haven't fully regrown color and enough hair yet to be visible to the naked eye.

9. How the pill works

"How do we know your not just making this all up?" There are pictures and plenty of medicinal journal articles about the positive effects of these class of drugs for people with Alopecia. Not to mention plenty of videos now as well. "So how does this pill work?" There are these group of enzymes called Janus Kinase (JAK) that after being blocked help reverse the condition allowing hair to regrow. First they tested this on a male patient at Yale. There are two types of these drugs that have been tested. Xeljanz which is at Yale dermatology and Ruxolitinib, the one in the video which is at Columbia University. These two drugs are just different brand names, they do the same thing. The generic name is called Tofacitinib Citrate. Think of it like Advil and Tylenol, they do the same thing. In 2015 they tested this on mice, then onto three patients for four months as shown in the video. There are more trials to be done and soon they will be doing trials for the drug in a topical form (cream). This way it could have less side effects as opposed to taking it orally. Because these drugs are immunosuppressants, meaning it will weaken your white blood cells. Although in all the reports for people with this condition there hasn't been one report of any adverse side effects and only about two people got the flu. There are four different JAK proteins that help make this enzyme. An enzyme are just a group of proteins that act as a catalyst, which give a chemical like reaction. They did make a cream form on a teenager in 2017 and it proved to be effective. Within 16 weeks she regrew all of her hair. This also took place at Yale. "So why should I care?" This drug has not only been proven to help reverse this disease, but researchers also tested these drugs on patients with Vitiligo and Eczema. Remember how earlier I mentioned that these diseases had common genetic pathways? Well here is patient with Vitiligo after three months of being on Xeljanz.

How I Cured My Hair Loss With Just a Tiny Pill (Before and After Pics Included)

"How come I didn't hear about this in the news?" Because that is how the media is. If it's not about a mass shooting, celebrity screwing up, or rape then the media won't hype it up and people won't really pay attention to it. "Will this work on people with male and female pattern baldness?"

How I Cured My Hair Loss With Just a Tiny Pill (Before and After Pics Included)

This had been a question scientists wanted to know as well when they first discovered the effects of this drug on patients with Alopecia areata. Meet Mike Thomas, a 47 year old man who had Alopecia Areata and male pattern baldness. That's super rare, it's seldom for somebody to have both. He was one of the 66 patients on this trial in 2016 who took this drug. Within seven months his hair regrew to what you see from picture B. His hair did not fully grow back to how you would think because he still had receding hairlines from his other condition male pattern baldness (Androgenic alopecia). However according to the scientist who first discovered the genes to this disease and head researcher at Columbia university Dr. Angela Christiano, the drug has potencies to the hair follicles. Meaning it helps create growth factors and nutrients for your hairs. "common assumptions or questions people will be thinking about you." People will think you are a leukemia patient. They will think you shaved your hair like that on purpose. As if anybody would do that to their own hair. They will think your hairs got burned off.

10. What's it like to have Alopecia areata

How I Cured My Hair Loss With Just a Tiny Pill (Before and After Pics Included)

It's only common sense to have lack of empathy towards something you have never experienced. Hopefully nobody would get this disease, but for whatever unfortunate circumstance you do, I'll give you an idea of what it feels like. Imagine your looks being changed one day and noticing that in the mirror. We all have looked in the mirror on certain days and maybe we're insecure about something, but imagine the movie White chick or Hot Chick where your body and face completely change. Okay maybe that was an exaggeration, but you get my point. Not only does it make you less attractive, but it makes you feel like you have lost your "identity." Imagine a dog or cat with all that fur or coating of hair. Now imagine you take that all away from them. We've seen what a completely hairless dog or cat looks like. They look like rodents. Your hair not just on your head is like a big protective and attractive mask. Your eyebrows and other hairs in your body are the same. We don't think about someone's eyebrows when we look at them, but when somebody has missing eyebrows we notice it. Most people are even repulsed by it. Hair is important because in evolution we seek people who we think are healthy. Hair also acts as a mirror from the sun. Reflecting a lot of the dangerous UV rays.

#hairlivesmatter

Thanks for reading this mytake and letting me share this story. Hopefully my story has been inspirational for some people on here. I am just glad that after fives years I have regrown my hair. #Curetobaldness

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  • Keenisha

    Wow thank you for sharing! I hope it can reverse permanently and you get your eye brows back :)

    I don't know what happens when patients stop taking the pills but I think you should try eating healthy. I heard of success stories on YouTube with a vegan diet. I would at least suggest adding herbal teas to your diet.

    I heard of a topical hair growth treatment consisting of grapeseed, cedarwood, rosemary, sage, jojoba, and lavender oil... or something like that I think you should try it. The participants had alopecia areata as well and experienced growth. (https://www. ncbi. nlm. nih. gov/m/pubmed/9828867/)
    I'm a strong believer in natural herbal remedies. I've been growing my hair out with oils for almost 10yrs. Here's another site on oils: www.themiracleofessentialoils.com/.../?m

    Is this still revelant?
    • blondfrog

      Did you really read the whole mytake?

    • Keenisha

      No I stopped reading when I got to the JDK sorry

    • blondfrog

      Oils don't work for what I have. I read the link you sent me. The issue with a lot of these trials for alopecia areata are that they have very little amount of patients on these trials and lack of serious monitoring. I had tried everything, when I first got my bald spots on my head I tried steroid injections, steroid creams, all kinds of oils, etc. The only thing I didn't try was DHC which is like they put this chemical, but only on your head. It irritates the skin so much that it can help regrow hair (a very temporary fix). The other is immunotherapy which is just like DHC you irritate the scalp. The trials for those also have a small success rate. All these good also be potentially a mere form of coincidence. As sometimes the hair just grows back by itself like how it did in my cause. Although it took 5 years. However no treatment like this one I had taken gave me these kinds of results. As you can see in the pictures.
      This medicine I am taking directly targets the issue.

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  • YourFutureEx

    Thanks for sharing. I read a lot about hair loss and always try to search for a good and helpful content and this is one of them.

    I'll probably go for transplantation if I ever needed one as it's probably safer and less expensive. Till then, I'm using hair tonics and organic shampoos. They have diminished my hair loss.

    I'm so glad for you that you have finally found a treatment. I hope you could continue it further. You're once again, a blondfrog now.

    This medicine would be proven revolutionary if it cured alopeciaand vitiligo.

    Is this still revelant?
    • blondfrog

      Someone pointed out to me about a new drug this one for osteoporosis not rheumatoid arthritis to regrow hair for people with your type of baldness Androgenic alopecia or male pattern baldness. It was on CBS last week.
      www.youtube.com/watch

    • I don't think it's available in India. And the price would be whooping. Plus, there must be some side effects.

    • blondfrog

      Sure all drugs are. Plus its not here in America either. They haven't even tested it on humans. There is a lot of drug studies and trials to be done. I just thought it was interesting.

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  • COCOCHANEL

    you did it !! you look great and fluffy!

    • blondfrog

      Thank you <3 ;). I think this has been the longest amount of time you haven't been on GAG and I already missed you <3.

    • aw it's sweet that you noticed 🐁

  • keenybmr

    I hope to god people on this website don't take this without asking a doc. Biologic drugs are very very strong. I couldn't even handle methotrexate when I had ReA.

    This is purely anecdotal and might completely be rubbish but I have some "theories".

    Autoimmune diseases (some of them) happen due to a combination of lifestyle and tragedy. There was a study that reported 80% of autoimmune diseases occurring after an emotional trauma.

    My own thing happened after some serious life-changing problems happened.

    Now I also collected a lot of information from different sources that linked the gut-brain axis with autoimmune diseases. The correlation of autism and increased use of antibiotics when the person is still a child. This destroys the healthy microbiome of the gut.

    Having said that, there is tons of evidence from many people that AIP (Autoimmune protocol) works. So maybe as an alternative to this (which I must say is pretty dangerous), AIP combined with dermarolling (to get the hair out of the vellous hair stage), minoxidil, topical cetirizine, high protein, biotin diet will do the same thing.

    I have some hair loss too from being so drugged up during the treatment and lots of stress. Maybe I will try documenting the non-biologics method and see if it does any good.

    It was a really nice MyTake. Thank you for sharing this :)

    • blondfrog

      Yeh man. I tried Methotrexate for one whole year and I had really bad side effects and the drug didn't work at all. people also need to understand that all immunosuppressants are different. I've tried all those other treatment and diets and none of them work. The biotin diet was completely ineffective and the minoxidil was expensive and completely ineffective with a waste of time and money. That stuff is good for people with male and female pattern baldness. Within only 2 months I got my hair like this. The treatment was supposed to last 4-5 months for me to grow 100% of hair back.

    • blondfrog

      And yes your right always ask your doctor first.

  • DivaMonae

    This is probably your best article yet. It's extremely informative and I cared years ago but for the people that didn't you surely got them on board. I'm shocked that this hasn't received more comments and that it isn't popular yet.

    Anyway great job and you have increased my crush on you 😏

  • vishna

    Great MyTake, I'm happy for you :)

    Have you heard about this?

    www.independent.co.uk/.../...lopecia-a8341881.html

    • blondfrog

      That's very similar to the drug I took for 2 months. It's only FDA approved for Rheumatoid Arthritis and bone marrow cancer. Except the one you sent me was intended to treat osteoporosis and different type of bone disease. Hmm interesting. Did you watch the video I posted?

    • vishna

      Yes! It's interesting how these conditions are similar, and the hair grows back so fast

    • blondfrog

      yeah this new drug they found the one you sent me could really help change the lives of people with male and female pattern baldness. Cause that is the most popular type of hair loss.

  • TonyRyanAgain

    That's awesome. I was diagnosed with alopecia areata when I was a kid. I used to get random silver dollar sized patches of hair that fell out and came back white like 6 months later. Luckily it's been dormant ever since I was 11. It must have been a nightmare having it all this time. I commend you, sir.

    • blondfrog

      Wow man! I am glad you stopped getting any episodes, especially at an early age. Thank you! yeah it felt like hell the first 3 years. Then the 4th year it still hurt but I was learning to just put up with it. By the 5th year I was just ready to accept it of being something the rest of my life.

  • ADFSDF1996

    I use to be skeptical that baldness could be cured even with all those advertisements on tv. However, after deeper research I now realize that baldness doesn’t have to be permanent anymore. Congratulations on overcoming your condition.

    • blondfrog

      I believe when you have a trail that can constantly create the same results then its legit. So yeah I agree. This treatment that I took was legit.

  • TuMeManques

    Holy awesomeness!!! I'm seriously so happy for you! I hope the results continue to last.
    Perhaps this will lead to cures for other autoimmune diseases?

    You know I love you with or without hair though. You're just a great guy all around! ❤

    • blondfrog

      Yeah they've done more treatments on people with Vitiligo and got rid of a lot of the loss of pigment patches on the patients. www.upi.com/.../
      Yeah hopefully it will. Awe :3 thank you I love you too <3. I also see that you have finally joined the frog cult. Welcome to the dark side. You do know that I am the frog leader right? So now I get to brainwash you however I please. 😈

    • Of course. I joined because you are the leader 😉

  • Astoriana

    It seems as though your hair came in curlier than it was before. Did you notice that it was finer in texture as well?

    • blondfrog

      Really? I did not notice that? You think so? I mean now that you mention it you could be right. No I was not aware of that. However I wouldn't' be surprised these scientist that found the genes and drug to reverse this condition did say they found the drug to have certain potencies for the hair follicles. I don't think it came in curlier though I just never had a picture of me with 100% of hair on here before I got alopecia, but I did have one before I got alopecia. It was in late of 2012 or early 2013 before I got alopecia in March of 2013. https://i.imgur.com/P4ELAql.jpg

    • Astoriana

      Looks wavy to me.

      Cancer patients often notice that their hair grows in differently after chemo. I was just curious if you had noticed anything.

    • blondfrog

      I was always born with curly hair though lol even as a baby. When its really short though its straight.

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  • Justacatlady

    Thanks for sharing. You still look good and I am amazed you have kept such a positive outlook during all of this. You are an awesome dude!

  • sp33d

    I didn't want to read all of it as I have no idea about this condition.
    You did say one gets a free run for three months and then 5000$?"#^$½¬$¬ for 60 pills.

    So I take it, the pills are there to stay if you wanna keep the hair?

    • blondfrog

      For some people yes, but not all. I haven't taken the medication since January for 4 months now and haven't lost any hair. The drug can also restore the cells in the hair follicles according to the studies. The 3 minute video in the mytake will explain pretty much almost all of it.

    • sp33d

      @blondfrog It's been a while. Do you still have to take the medicine or how's that worked out for you?

    • blondfrog

      I haven't been on the medicine since January. So its been 7 months now and still haven't lost any hair. This is me now. https://i.imgur.com/bHfkzPC.jpg

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  • WOW, this was an impressive Mytake. So well written and a lot of info all in one take. I do emphasize as you know I have hair issues and its great to learn about different hair disorders and to try and see how the other may be linked. I am not in your shoes but I feel your pain and its evident in all those pics. I am very happy for you finding this Dr and getting this experience. You do deserve this window of happiness and I really hope that in the future, there will be a cure or permanent fix for this. You are a very attractive person who derserves every bit of what the world has to offer. I wish you nothing but the best. #HairLivesMatter

  • Louisefr

    Wow, that's awesome! Is it just for alopecia or does it also work for regular baldness?

    • blondfrog

      No that mike Thomas guy I wrote about on this mytake had regular baldness and alopecia and that's super rare. He took the drug and his hair regrew back but it didn't grow back full color cause he was 47.

    • Louisefr

      Oh shit, well it's still pretty amazing what they have done.

    • blondfrog

      Yeah it is. Thanks to a user on here though I did find something for regular baldness though. This was on the news a week ago. This drug they fond also helps treat another type of bone disease but different than the one I posted which was Rheumatoid arthritis. This one is treated for Osteoporosis.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89mFDA1g89A

  • MlleCake

    What a detailed take. Excellent.

  • Jaybear0123

    I hope everything turns out ok

  • apple24

    wow just wow!

    • blondfrog

      Thanks for reading the mytake :).

  • springocelot

    Wow! So glad you grew it out! Curls galore!

    • blondfrog

      Hahah thanks. Never heard of curls galore before :) lol.

  • cupidkisses

    wow! Big change. I am happy for ya.

  • chrisbigman

    What are all the exact ingredients?

    • blondfrog

      For the pill?

    • Yes.

    • blondfrog

      The 3 minute video I put up in this mytake explains it better. However I don't know the exact ingredients in that drug. It's called tofacitinib citrate if you wanna try and google it. I tried though and couldnt find it. It just mentions all the possible side effects. I just know that blocking those JAk enzymes reverses the hair loss. They tested this on mice and it took the same amount of time for them to regrow back hair too. Mice can also get alopecia areata. The immune pathway that gets blocked is called Interleukin 15.

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  • Waffles731

    I'm happy for you

  • Roje_Kurdish_Gil

    Get well soon hewale delal

  • Anonymous

    this likely isn't true. just like there's no magical pill to grow the penis size, there's no "pill" to grow hair.. there must be something else going on. You fell for a money scam, idiot

  • Anonymous

    Nice

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