Alopecia Areata

When will this stop?

This is scary! Your hair is shedding and coming out in clumps and you don’t know why. You go through all the emotions - denial, despair, and fear – the stress often makes it worse! For some women (and men and children) the shedding doesn’t stop. At first you don’t want to talk to anyone, but eventually you’ll be dying to talk to someone. You reach out to your hairdresser, esthetician, or even your doctor.  They run out of ideas or product recommendations.  When you get to that point, make the Occhi Hair Institute your lifeline. We specialize in helping women through hair loss with a big-picture approach that’s about more than wigs and technologies. With us, the conversation is all about you. There is NO shotgun approach. We will figure out exactly why your hair is falling out and the best approach to stopping, slowing down, or restoring your hair loss

Alopecia Areata is an Autoimmune Disorder

Here’s the good news. Alopecia Areata, despite its many emotional implications, is not harmful to your overall health. It’s not rare, either. According to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, 6.6 million Americans are experiencing this type of hair loss. The condition causes you to lose your hair because your immune system – the body’s natural defense system – begins to attack your hair follicles. This can happen just on the scalp, on the scalp and face, or all over the body. Alopecia Areata can begin at any age, but it often starts during childhood.

Who Says Your Predictable?

The bad news, aside from losing your hair, is that Alopecia Areata can be totally unpredictable. Hair loss appears in patches, coin-sized round, smooth, bare patches and hair can fall out slowly or quickly. Your hair might grow back completely, or it may not. With or without treatment, it can shed again at any time. In rare cases, what looks like Alopecia Areata can advance to complete hair loss, known as Alopecia Totalis - loss of lashes, brows, and beard.  Even whole-body hair loss, or Alopecia Universalis, is simply another form of this disorder. Unlike pattern baldness and other types of hair loss, Alopecia Areata doesn’t destroy your hair follicles. Most of them remain viable and will grow again when they receive the right signal from your body. Unfortunately, we can’t control those signals.

How We Can Help

The Occhi Hair Institute doesn’t cure Alopecia Areata. No one does. What we can do is be your reliable, go-to resource for dealing with hair loss. Depending on how you want to handle your hair loss, we’ll make a plan that works for every ebb and flow that comes with Alopecia Areata. We cover up spots where your hair is missing, take awesome care of your scalp, and help you know what to expect. More than anything else, we’ll be a sounding board, a shoulder to lean on, and a place where you can get meaningful answers.

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