Alopecia Totalis

Complete Hair Loss

While many conditions can cause partial or temporary hair loss for women, Alopecia Totalis is one that is complete and often permanent. Like Alopecia Areata, Alopecia Totalis is an autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to use your body’s natural defenses against your hair follicles. In milder forms of Alopecia, the hair sheds and may grow back over time. Hair regrowth is less common for women with Alopecia Totalis, though it does happen.  There is usually a genetic proponent to Alopecia Totalis. The chances of complete restoration through natural regrowth are small.

Alopecia Totalis can begin in two ways – with gradual hair loss in patches throughout the scalp, or with sudden hair loss all over the head. If you’re losing hair throughout your entire body, you’re likely dealing with a third condition called Alopecia Universalis.

Why I Am I Losing My Hair All of a Sudden?

This is the question we wish we could answer. We know that women with these three forms of Alopecia have an autoimmune disorder. What we don’t know is what triggers the condition to start – or stop – causing hair loss. Alopecia Totalis is an auto-immune condition that usually affects children and adults under the age of 40. It is more common in people with other autoimmune conditions, such as an overactive thyroid or diabetes. Men and women are affected in equal numbers. About 5 percent of children with alopecia areata will go on to develop AT.

For some still-undiscovered reason, in this form of Alopecia, the immune system attacks only the hair follicles on the scalp. Until research uncovers the root causes of Alopecia Totalis and how to prevent their effects, many women are left wondering what they can do now about their hair loss. Around 20 percent of people with AT have a family member who has alopecia. This suggests there may be genetic factors at play in the development of the condition.

Scientists believe having specific genes will make someone more susceptible to developing alopecia, meaning they are more likely to develop it if they encounter other factors such as allergies, viruses, and toxins.

Can You Treat Alopecia Totalis?

It’s true that there’s no cure for these autoimmune forms of Alopecia, but that doesn’t mean that nothing can be done. If you think you might have one of these types of hair loss, your priority should be to identify the real cause of your hair loss. When it comes to women’s hair loss, causes equal options. Though we can’t stop your hair loss, Occhi Hair Institute can help in many ways.


Every person that experiences hair loss knows, it’s about a lot more than hair.  At the Occhi Hair Institute, we first and foremost apply a Trichology based approach.  Unlike salons and hair clinics, we approach hair loss as a complex issue with many factors.  The Tricotest focuses on genetic history, health issues, medications, dietary habits, current and past hair habits, and emotional stress circumstances that may be applicable to your current situation.

Your feelings and opinion come first, and Trichology ensures that we arrive at the best outcome for the evolution of your hair loss. 

Scalp Treatments

Nearly all women neglect their scalps. Women with Alopecia have plenty to gain by taking good care of the scalp, even if they wear wigs or custom prostheses. We treat and balance the scalp, ensure your comfort, and maximize the potential for hair regrowth.

 An Understanding Partner

You’re probably the first person to notice that you’re losing hair. For most women facing any type of hair loss, the first symptom is feeling alone. We take the mystery out of the hair loss experience. Occhi Hair Institute is a safe, comfortable, and completely confidential space for understanding what’s going on and what you can do about it. And if you already have a supportive friend, partner, or sibling you want to bring with you, that’s fine too!

To start a conversation that’s all about you, just give us a call and schedule your private hair and scalp consultation.