I came to this board after realizing how useless my doctor was towards having alopecia. It's quite clear that if something isn't life threatening then they don't care and want you out the room as quickly as possible. I was just diagnosed in early March with alopecia areata and really didn't take it very well and the stress from HAVING alopecia, only made the patch I had worse (it's stress-induced). So I've made changes in my job and my lifestlye to make everything a little more easygoing, and I think it's stopped for now, it's not growing back, but it's stopped. So I consider myself lucky, because it's right on the back of my head, and I have longish hair so it's not visible, unless I put my hair up. But as someone whose hair is the centrepiece to their style, I really need some help here! And I don't know who to go and ask. I have bleached blonde hair, sometimes I use directions hair dyes to add pastel pinks/purples for the weekend. My hair has always stayed in good condition despite this, until alopecia happened. Now my hair feels brittle and very dead at the ends. I rarely ever use heat! Is this because of alopecia? Should I stop bleaching or colouring alltogether? Is there an alternative that will be less damaging? Is there anything I can use to make it better? HELP!