When I first found out I had a bald patch, my supergod mother was cutting my hair. Now, as a hairdresser, my mum had seen alopecia before. She assured me that it would go away and she was right, it did. But it was very cunning and popped back up on another part of my head, and it did this jig a few more times before the hair around both my ears disappeared. That was the end of hair-up dos for me. I loved putting my hair up. (I’ve now found a way of having my messy bun again though, so problem solved!) In most cases of alopecia, the hair will grow back within a few months. For the unlucky or lucky cases, it is with you for life, or at least several years.
The main cause of alopecia is due to problems with your immune system, hence it being an autoimmune disease. This means the body will attack the healthy tissue in your body and stop the reproduction of hair follicles. Other common auto immune diseases include psoriasis, type 1 diabetes, coeliac disease, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis. DING DONG. I have immediate family members who have coeliac disease, psoriasis and type 1 diabetes (what a bunch!). The main trigger for these diseases are our genes.
Alopecia can occur at any age (most common ages being 15-29), and can affect anyone. In fact, it affects 1-2 people in every 1,000 in the UK.