Until around 15 years ago, I always had to suppress a laugh on the rare occasion when I saw a MTF (male-to-female) transsexual person. I did not know anything about the biological basis for transsexualism. Neither did I realize the tremendous struggles that transgender people have to endure their whole life.
Family, community, cultural and religion based judgement and ostracization of transsexuals can often be brutal. These issues have improved significantly in recent years in the developed world (and some lesser developed countries such as Thailand). Fifteen years ago, I essentially thought that transsexuals were semi-crazy people experimenting with themselves for some twisted reason! How wrong was I.
My feelings about transsexuals changed drastically over the years as I met more of them and learnt about the problem in detail via YouTube and the Internet in general. Moreover, as I began losing my own scalp hair while gaining a decent amount of body hair at the same time, I started becoming increasingly curious about male and female hormones. Today I find the whole process of converting from male to female very fascinating. Even though I have no intention of doing so myself. I would definitely prefer the scalp hair of a typical woman though.
Another thing that made me more interested in transsexuals was that every single MTF transgender that I have talked to over the years was very intelligent. Perhaps their numerous struggles from a young age make them more likely to become astute thinkers Perhaps they have been gifted with both men’s and women’s strong suits when it comes to intelligence? Assuming that sex differences in different areas of the brains do exist. Most of the videos on YouTube from TrannyGirl15 are good examples of a high level of intelligence. I especially like this one.
It should be noted that I have never talked to a FTM (female-to-male) transsexual person in real life. I think there are also more MTF transsexuals than FTM transsexuals in general. My interest in the former is far more significant because once they become female, they often have to go all out to regrow their scalp hair. FTM transsexuals on the other hand often seem okay with losing their scalp hair! How annoying that there are people out there willing to take drugs whose side effect is loss of scalp hair.
Danielle Hallett Gets Her Hair Back
In any case, the reason for this post is to discuss the amazing transformation of Darren Hallett to Danielle Hallett. Danielle has a lengthy internet trail documenting her transition and its aftermath. Including over 1,500 often very useful posts on the hairlosstalk forums where she is known as GeminiX. Also make sure to see her YouTube videos and her Twitter.
The most impressive thing about Danielle’s transition is that she seems to have done most of it in her late 30s and early 40s. i.e., when she was already middle-aged and significantly balding. Transitioning when young is a lot easier, at least hormonally speaking. Danielle has had a few hair transplants over the year along with hair extensions. Danielle Hallett is also a very experienced IT professional and consultant. Also see more before and after photos on her Facebook page. And her Linkedin page.
In my recent post on estrogen and hair loss, I pointed out how it was amazing to read that estrogen supplementation in castrated individuals can grow back substantial amounts of lost hair. This goes against what many scientists have said for years. i.e., hair that is dead will never come back. According to one of Danielle’s posts on the forums:
“As far as I can tell I grew back hair that I had lost in the 5 – 10 years prior to starting medication, I have transsexual friends who recovered what appears to be far more hair than me who started treatment much sooner into the MPB ‘journey’. My theory is that medication can reverse all hair loss if the hair follicles are still there (even if dormant for a long time), but once they are gone, they are gone.”
In essence, she is saying that hair that has been dormant for as long as ten years can still come back and is not totally gone. No-one seems to be in agreement as to when hair is “totally gone”. Around 15 years ago, Dr. Marty Sawaya stated that she had a patient who had been totally bald for decades and still regained most of his hair via Dutasteride. Not sure how much I can believe from that one somewhat controversial anecdotal case.
It also seems like Danielle Hallett was never castrated, although I am not certain. In future, I hope I can find more well documented cases from middle-aged or older MTF transsexuals who regained a lot or most of their hair after both castration and estrogen supplementation. Perhaps hair is never gone permanently and can be rejuvenated even decades after it disappears!? Wouldn’t that be wonderful.
The Daily Mail article that I linked to earlier in bold font mentions her wealth and success. However, one of Danielle’s forum posts indicates that she was homeless at one point of time. On top all that, she also had a gastric band procedure to lose weight. All-in-all, one heck of a story and transformation. Danielle’s 154k Twitter followers at the time of writing this post a testament to her great story.