About Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is a common autoimmune skin disease resulting in the loss of hair on the scalp and elsewhere on the body. It usually starts with one or more small, round, smooth patches on the scalp and can progress to total scalp hair loss (alopecia totalis) or complete body hair loss (alopecia universalis).

Alopecia areata affects approximately two percent of the population overall, including more than 6.5 million people in the United States alone.

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Alopecia areata is the most frequent cause of inflammation-induced hair loss. This common skin disease is highly unpredictable and cyclical. Hair can grow back in or fall out again at any time, and the disease course is different for each person.

The impact of certain skin diseases on the lives of those affected tends to be underestimated or even dismissed as simply a “cosmetic problem. “Alopecia areata exemplifies such a condition, owing to its substantial disease burden and its often devastating effects on the patient’s quality of life and self-esteem. Although alopecia areata is one of the most common autoimmune diseases, the pathobiology of this chronic, relapsing hair-loss disorder is not fully understood, and the available therapies are disappointing.

photo_323_20131021Currently available evidence suggests that alopecia areata can be considered a T-cell–mediated autoimmune disease in which the gradual loss of protection provided by immune privilege of the normal hair follicle plays an important role.Alopecia areata affects both children and adultsand hair of all colors.Although the disorder is uncommon in children under 3 yearsof age, most patients are relatively young: up to 66% are younger than 30 years ofage, and only 20% are older than 40 years of age.

We don’t know yet why alopecia areata causes hair loss. We do know that hair loss often results in loss of self-esteem and self-confidence, and the media can magnify the resulting stress and frustration. Advertisements for various hair products often imply that the use of those products will restore the quantity of hair as modeled in the ad.

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Wigs and hairpieces are available to those who are seeking a natural looking hair replacement. For someone experiencing alopecia totalis or alopecia universalis, a wig or a full hairpiece is the only answer to regaining a natural head of hair. But for those experiencing alopecia areata, more often than not, the solution could very well be in a 3/4 wig or 3/4 hairpiece, where the remaining hair on the lower nape of the neck and sides is blended into the smaller wig or hairpiece.

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Frequently asked questions:

Is what you are wearing or planning to purchase a wig and/or hairpiece?

No matter how the product is attached to your head (with double-sided adhesive tape, clips, combs or bonding adhesive the item is a wig or a hairpiece.

Should I expect to see sample wigs and hairpieces rather than just photographs or videos?

Absolutely, you should be shown a variety of wigs and hairpieces, with different types of foundations and different hair color, length, and texture. If you are solely shown photographs and/or videos, I urge you not to place an order since you will have no point of comparison when your item is completed.

Is the item or will the item be handmade?

For the best results, the wig or hairpiece should definitely be handmade.

Will a custom and handmade wig or hairpiece accomplish a more natural look?

Yes. In addition, a custom and handmade wig or hairpiece should fit your head perfectly. The hair color and texture should be exactly the same as your natural hair color, or the hair color that you chose for the wig. Also, the volume of hair (light, medium, heavy) should be the same as your natural hair, and the base of the wig should fit well.

I have been told that the hair used in my wig or hairpiece will be human hair. What does that mean?

Human hair means hair taken from an individual and hand tied into a foundation. We are one of the few companies that use 100 percent Premium quality human hair.

Am I better off to have a wig or hairpiece made of synthetic rather than human hair?

Although synthetic hair will not oxidize (fade in color), there are several problems pertaining to it: (1) it has an artificial feel when you touch it, (2) it has a high shine beyond the normal look of quality human hair, (3) when worn near heat, synthetic hair will frizz, and (4) synthetic hair often is used in inexpensive premade one-sizefits-all stretch wigs. I suggest avoiding any synthetic hairpiece which must blend into your remaining hair.

How long should I expect to wait for delivery of a custom, handmade wig or hairpiece, especially if it is to be made at the establishment where I’ve purchased it?

Delivery time should be no more than eight weeks. Should this time frame go beyond eight weeks, be aware that the item may be coming from abroad, with final adjustments only being done at our local studio.

Will I be unrealistic in expecting the wig and/or hairpiece to last more than just a few months and to be comfortable wearing it after two or three years?

Provided it is a quality wig or hairpiece made of quality material and provided that you periodically have it professionally serviced and/or repaired, a quality wig or hairpiece certainly should last more than just a few months.

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