Typical first symptoms of alopecia areata are small bald patches. The underlying skin is unscarred and looks superficially normal. Although these patches can take many shapes, they are usually round or oval. Alopecia areata most often affects the scalp and beard, but may occur on any part of the body with hair. Different areas of the skin may exhibit hair loss and regrowth at the same time. The disease may also go into remission for a time, or may be permanent. The area of hair loss may tingle or be painful.
The hair tends to fall out over a short period of time, with the loss commonly occurring more on one side of the scalp than the other.
Exclamation point hairs, narrower along the length of the strand closer to the base, producing a characteristic "exclamation point" appearance, are often present.
Identifying the nature and extent of your hair loss is crucial to determining the type of product best suited for your needs. Top pieces can be a great solution for localized hair loss. If hair loss is more extensive or diffuse, wigs will be ideal.
At First Lady products, we have trained staff to help guide you through this difficult time. It can be physically, emotionally and financially draining. We will help you find a product that is best suited to your needs. From hairpieces to wigs, we're the hair experts.
HAIR LOSS BY THE NUMBERS
Although anyone can experience hair loss, women actually make up 40% of American hair loss sufferers -- 1 in 4 women in North America. (source: American Hair Loss Association). It may not be uncommon but it can be upsetting! Unless you've experienced hair loss first-hand, it can be difficult to grasp the physical and emotional toll it can take. Hair is a very important trait of our identity and for women, our sense of femininity.