Alopecia is a disease that affects many people across the world. It is a hair related disease whose patients suffer from a partial or complete absence of hair from certain or all the areas. The loss of hair can be permanent but in some cases, some of the it can be regained. One of the biggest side effects of Alopecia is that patients can go through depression and their self-confidence might take a big hit.
Types of Alopecia
Alopecia Areata occurs when the patients' immune system mistakenly attacks the hair follicles, which are responsible for the growth of hair.
Alopecia Totalis is a type of Alopecia which affects the entire scalp and patients lose hair all over their scalp.
In some cases, Alopecia is caused due to hereditary reasons and this type is called Androgenetic Alopecia.
Another form is Alopecia Universalis wherein hair loss is experienced all over the body.
Traction Alopecia is caused by lifestyle behaviors which involve wearing your hair in such a way that the hair is constantly pulled over long periods of time, like ponytails or braids.
Options for those suffering from Alopecia
Over the years, with advancements in technology, better manufacturing facilities, and more transparency by the hair accessories manufacturers, extensions and wigs are being extensively used by patients who suffer from Alopecia. Some of the options available are -
Extensions for Alopecia patients
The best types of hair extensions available are Virgin Hair Extensions which are made of chemically unprocessed human hair from a single donor. These are also called Remy hair and have not been dyed, permed, bleached or treated by any chemicals. Virgin hair extensions are like natural hair and can be easily applied to add fullness to the hair to give it a luxurious look.
There are many types of virgin hair extensions made of different hair to suit various styles and look. Brazillian hair extensions are the largest selling segment of virgin hair extension. Another popular type of virgin hair extension is Malaysian which is coarser, thicker, and dark natural brown in color. If hair extensions have to be used for silky hair, then one can go in for Russian and Vietnamese hair.
Clip-in or tape-in Extensions for Alopecia patients
Clip-in or tape-in extensions are excellent for those who have thinned or bald patches of hair. They can be attached using clips or adhesive to the wefts of hair near the thin or balding spots to mask the affected area. These are perfect for Alopecia patients who do not suffer from complete loss of hair.
Synthetic Wigs for Alopecia patients
Synthetic wigs are the most common form of wigs available. They are made from a mix of synthetic fibers and processed hair. Synthetic Wigs should be worn with a protective cap underneath that is flesh colored as it acts like a shield for your scalp.
Full Lace Wigs for Alopecia patients
Full lace wigs are made of lace which is attached to the head using a band, wig tape, or an adhesive. They act as natural hair and can be styled according to personal preference.
By remaining positive and trying out the various options available, Alopecia patients can at least overcome the side effects of Alopecia. In fact, patients should see this as an opportunity to try out new styles and add spunk to their hair by using the various accessories available.