Alopecia: ways to deal with it

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Hair loss can be caused by different factors, such as pulling or suffering from a disease such as Lupus or cancer. Regardless of the cause, hair loss can affect you emotionally, which often can lead to low self esteem. Here are some helpful tips to use if suffering from alopecia.

Go bald

The truth of the matter is, having bald patches is not something you want to see when you look in the mirror, however regrowing these patches can pose somewhat of a challege if the patches are severe, visible and cannot be hidden, so the first port of call is to cut your hair and start afresh.

Style around your patches

If cutting your hair is not an option, then work around your bald patches. Find styles that can work better at hiding your patches. If your patches are at the centre of your head and your hair is longer on the sides, front and back then you might just be able to be to pull off a pony or high bun. Enhance your buns by using clip on’s extensions if required.

Wig it

Wearing one type of hairstyle can get boring if done everyday, for days when you just dont like how your hair looks or don’t have the strength for dealing with your patches, a wig is your bestfriend. There are so many of these in the market, just choose a few that you feel suit you best.

Get treatment

Keep in mind that this could be caused by a medical condition therefore home remedies that have not been tried and tested may cause more harm than good. Treatment will vary depending on the type of alopecia one has. According to the US National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF), Mild alopecia can be treated with topical minoxidil or Anthralin ointment whch should be applied once a day an washed off after 30 minutes.

Hair vitamins

Drug stores usually have these in the self service aisle, however you should check with your doctor if you are allowed to use these. B vitamins such biotin and niacin (vitamin B3) are essential for hair growth so taking this religiously an help with bald patches.

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