What is Alopecia?
Alopecia is an autoimmune disorder of the skin that causes a complete loss of hair or round patches of hair on the patient's body. At times, the hair loss lasts for a small period of time and at others, the hair loss is lifelong.
Causes of Alopecia
The scientific community, unfortunately, has not been able to identify the reasons behind Alopecia. On the brighter side, they have been able to understand how it occurs and functions. Research suggests that Alopecia might be caused by multiple factors, some of which might be
- Genetic predisposition
- Extreme physical and mental stress
- Hormonal imbalance or
- Viral infection
Treatment of Alopecia
A sure shot way of treating Alopecia is not available despite the extensive research that has been done in the field. Most of the treatments require to be done by qualified professionals and under the surveillance of experts. Some treatments might lead to side effects, so care has to be taken while treating Alopecia.
Some of the existing treatments, though their effectiveness varies among the patients, are
Minoxidil - When Minoxidil is applied to the scalp, a reaction takes place that may stimulate hair growth. It is only after 12 weeks of application that some growth can be seen.
Topical Immunotherapy - In this process, chemicals are applied to the scalp over a number of sittings. Usually, this treatment is accompanied by an itchy rash and therefore should be done under medical supervision.
Apart from medical treatments, another solution for Alopecia that has become popular among patients is to use wigs and hair extensions. There is a wide range available, like
- Brazilian hair
- Clip-in extensions
- Tape-in extensions
- Keratin tips
- Full lace wigs
- Frontal hair wigs
- Hair closures
- Hair wigs of different types of hair
- 360 fontal hair
This solution is 100% safe to use to tackle the problem of hair loss. It is also cheap and makes you look glamorous. You can also style and color it any way you want.
While Alopecia patients should consult qualified medical professionals for treatment of the disease, they should also take a look at wigs and hair extensions to ensure that they do not lose their self-confidence due to hair loss and also get an opportunity to achieve a fashionable look.