How Can I Cope With Alopecia Hair Loss?
Living with hair loss can be hard,
especially in a culture that views hair as a sign of youth
and good health. Even so, most people with alopecia areata
are well-adjusted, contented people living full lives.
The key to coping is valuing yourself
for who you are, not for how much hair you have or don't
have. Many people learning to cope with alopecia areata find
it helpful to talk with other people who are dealing with
the same problems. There are many people who have this
disease at some point in their lives, so you are not alone.
Another way to cope with the disease
is to minimize its effects on your appearance. If you have
total hair loss, a wig or hairpiece can look natural and
stylish. For small patches of hair loss, a hair-coloured
powder, cream, or crayon applied to the scalp can make hair
loss less obvious by eliminating the contrast between the
hair and the scalp. Skilfully applied eyebrow pencil can
mask missing eyebrows.
Children with alopecia areata may
prefer to wear bandanas or caps. There are many styles
available to suit a child's interest and mood-some even have
For women, attractive scarves can
hide patchy hair loss; jewellery and clothing can distract
attention from patchy hair; and proper makeup can camouflage
the effects of lost facial hair. If you would like to learn
more about camouflaging the cosmetic aspects of alopecia
areata, ask your doctor or members of your local support
group to recommend a cosmetologist who specializes in
working with people whose appearance is affected by medical
Source: Adapted from National
Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
Part 1: What is alopecia areata?
Part 2: Is alopecia heredity?
Part 3: Is my hair loss a serious disease?
Part 4: Treatments for alopecia
Part 5: Will my hair grow back?
Part 6: How can I cope with alopecia?
Part 7: What can I expect later in life?