When people hear the word Alopecia, they tend to think skin disease because many people are unaware of what Alopecia is until they get it themselves. Alopecia actually means hair loss.
Alopecia is a common hair condition/disorder that many people do not know about, and we at Onaré Salon, Top Salon in Mississauga thought it would be a good idea to bring it to your attention.
Alopecia is not contagious and can arise at any age, even childhood, although it’s rare before the age of 3. This disease happens to both men and women and usually occurs to more than one family member because it is hereditary. Keep in mind that some types of Alopecia are more serious than others, as not all can be treated.
Types of Alopecia:
Alopecia Areata: a condition which causes round patches of hair loss anywhere on your body, hair can grow back, but it can also fall out again later
Alopecia Areata Incognita: arises with thinning of scalp hair
Alopecia Totalis: occurs when all scalp hair falls out
Alopecia Universalis: when your hair loss is from the entire body including your head, eyebrows, eyelashes, beard, legs, arms and pubic hair
Androgenetic Alopecia: this type of hair loss is permanent and occurs when hair on the head thins and then falls out
The cause of a Alopecia is still unknown but it’s thought to be triggered by a misguided immune system that mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue. The cells react similar to an allergic reaction to your hair. This disease can sometimes be caused by stress and can be very emotionally devastating as the hair loss is right to the skin.
There isn’t a reliable cure yet for this disease or a method of prevention. However, there are many treatments which may allow the hair to grow back, but since each case of Alopecia is unique, it may take months for some people and for others the hair loss can remain permanent. These topical medications include anti-inflammatory drugs, creams and shampoos as well as, “Injections which are the most common and effective method of treatment,” according to Dermatologist, Dr. Eric Eisenberg, in Mississauga.
Injections of a steroid called Triamcinolone are administered by a physician into the bald spots where hair has fallen out. Regrowth of the hair will only occur in the area of injection and commonly hair will grow back white or grey before returning to its original colour. In some cases hair can regrow on its own. Everyone is different and hair can take between roughly 2 to 6 months before growing back completely.
At Onaré Salon, we are trained professionals when it comes to hair and find it very important to let our clients know of any hair conditions that may occur. We take informing our clients of damaged hair, dandruff, lice and other disorders such as Alopecia very seriously. We are here to help and provide advice on treatments as well as recommend techniques on how to cover Alopecia for special occasions. Just remember that you are not alone when it comes to hair loss,
even Christopher Reeve, Superman and Model, Tyra Banks had Alopecia.
Written by: Krystal Saunders