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Sunday, December 5, 2021

Alopecia Awareness

My name is Jamie Elmore! I’ve been a hairstylist for 26 years, and was diagnosed with Alopecia in 2004.

Jamie Elmore

I want to be transparent and raw about my Alopecia hair loss journey. In this article, I have provided a visual picture of how my Alopecia appeared as I began to lose my hair. I had no clue what it was or how to deal with it. All I knew was that I was under a lot of stress at that time in my life and my hair was falling out. The mystery was that as my hair fell out, I never saw an indicator of my hair loss in my hands, comb, brush or pillow. I was traumatized. Most people that experience hair loss — especially those with alopecia — feel alone, ashamed and scared. My goal is to provide awareness and support by sharing my story.

September is Alopecia awareness month. Alopecia (al-oh-PEE-shah ar-ee-AH tah) areata is a common autoimmune skin disease, where the immune system mistakenly attacks the hair follicles causing hair loss on the scalp, face and sometimes on other areas of the body.

Here are other helpful facts about Alopecia;

  • Alopecia usually starts with one or more small, round, smooth patches.
  • Over 6.6 million people in the United States and 147 million worldwide have or will develop alopecia areata at some point in their lives.
  • 35 million men in the U.S. experience hair loss
  • 21 million women in the U.S. experience hair loss
  • Average number of hair follicles on the scalp 100,000 to 110,00
  • Average number of hairs lost daily by hair loss sufferers 100

7 Types Of Alopecia

  • Alopecia Areata- hair falls out in patches, spots, round smooth patches. Can vary in size.
  • Alopecia Totalis- total scalp hair loss
  • Alopecia Universalis- all body hair loss
  • Androgenetic Alopecia- also known as male- pattern baldness that occurs in both men and women. It can start in puberty in women, generally develops slowly over time and increases with age.
  • Diffuse Alopecia- a rare form, affects primarily young females, and the hair loss on the head is radical and sudden.
  • Postpartum Alopecia- temporary hair loss experienced at the end of pregnancy. The growth cycle generally returns within a year after the baby is delivered.
  • Traction Alopecia- most common among young girls and women with highly textured hair. Baldness occurs when the hair is literally pulled out of the follicle. Too tight ponytails and braids.

Please know that You are NOT ALONE! I started the Alopecia Support Group to be the Voice for those suffering in silence. My mission is to Empower, Support and Encourage anyone living with or supporting people with Alopecia and or Hair Loss. Contact Jamie @www.alopeciasupport.org

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