Living with the Shock and Shame of Hair Loss

Alopecia Areata

Hair Loss Health Center – Alopecia Areata

By: Cecile Anthony

What is Alopecia Areata?

Alopecia Areata is a type of hair loss that occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles, which is where hair growth begins. The damage to the follicle is usually not permanent.

What happens with Alopecia Areata?

Alopecia Areata usually begins when clumps of hair fall out, resulting in totally smooth, round hairless patches of the scalp. In some cases, the hair may become thinner without noticeable patches of baldness. In rare cases, complete loss of hair and body hair occurs. In most cases, hair will grow back over several months.

How does Alopecia Areata affect you?

There are really no symptoms to it. You or your hairdresser will just notice small to medium round bald spots in and around your hair. If detected, even if unsure, go to your doctor. Most likely your doctor upon checking it, will recommend you to a dermatologist.

What treatments are there for Alopecia Areata?

In most cases, the Cirst treatment recommended are drops (similar to Rogaine). In some cases, the side effects are severe headaches. If the headaches are unbearable, your next method of treatment are shots (needle full of medicine) in your head. The amount of shots given in your head, depends on the size of the bald spot. The amount could be anywhere from 1 shot per bald spot to up to possibly 4 shots per bald spot. Most times, this treatment is done on a weekly basis until the hair follicle starts to grow back.

Some Alopecia Areata facts you should know.

Alopecia Areata cannot be “cured”, but it can be treated. episode, will have more episodes of hair loss.

What Alopecia Areata means to me…

Most people who have one

I once suffered from Alopecia Areata. Thankfully, my hairdresser detected it in the early stages and I immediately made an appointment and had it conCirmed by my doctor. Since I had a head full of hair, it was undetectable to most people. It was an uncomfortable feeling to think at a young age I was losing my hair. Thankfully, with quick detection and

immediate treatments over several months, my hair started to grow back.

“I AM NOT MY HAIR, and MY HAIR IS NOT ME”… By: Stefany J.

There are many women suffering from Alopecia…

In this new age where hair weaves and extensions are a multi-billion dollar industry, how in the world can we convince our girls that they are beautiful just the way God created them? My girlfriend recently used Instagram and FACEBOOK to take her wig off and reveal her bald beauty to the entire world. An unfortunate circumstance happened to her and she was faced with a decision, a major decision. With the love, assistance and support of the man in her life, she courageously went swimming for the first time and at his insistence took a leap of faith and courage and left off the wig for good. Can you imagine being not only a successful Hair Salon owner in Atlanta’s prominent Buckhead area, but being gifted with your talents to have what we term “growing hands” along with a clientele of women sporting long, natural, manes (including myself)? She spends her days growing the hair of others, and not being able to do anything for her own. THAT is love, dedication, and commitment to an art if I’ve ever seen one. Her name is Felicia Flores and I am honored to know her; but even more grateful to be able to call her a friend.

First let me start off my giving
my sincerest thank you and
gratitude to all those who
liked, commented, and
shared my video. The
outpouring of support and
encouragement has been so
emotional for me. I have
lived with Alopecia for 7yrs
and have hidden behind a
wig for 7yrs. I feared
embarrassment, ridicule, not
being accepted or not being
loved because of it. That
fear prevented me from
enjoying a lot of things in
life that I loved. Things that
some take for granted. It took
me 7yrs to finally swim
underwater! And it’s taken me that
long to finally set myself free. Life is too short to not be true to yourself. And just because someone smiles in photos, doesn’t mean they don’t have a hurt. There is always someone that will be going through something greater than you are. So be thankful. I’m thankful. And I’m thankful for you all.

! #dontjudgemechallenge #teamalopecia

Felicia Flores is the proud mother of two children. She has a daughter in high school and a toddler aged son. She’s a Flight attendant and hair stylist originally from Brooklyn, New York & of Jamaican Descent.