AA is an autoimmune disease in which inflammation causes hair loss that manifests as localized bald patches on the scalp. The cause is yet to be verified, but the Canadian Dermatology Association states that hair loss can be caused by stress, childbirth, diet or even underlying issues such as lupus or diabetes. In my specific case, my dermatologist could not provide me with anything conclusive, but she strongly suggested my AA was stress-induced.
We've yet to discover a "cure" for baldness, that doesn't mean there aren't breakthrough treatments out there -- and 2014 could be a banner year for several important new hair loss treatments. If you're one of the 80 million American men and women who suffer from hair loss, here are four key treatments that could become more widely available to you in 2014.
I never in my life thought I would type the following sentence and have it be true: I shaved my head. We put on some upbeat music and made some jokes and laughed a bit. But then I lost control of my emotions and entered full mental case meltdown territory. I don't look like me. My hair is all over the floor. I am 28 years old. I have cancer.
It's debatable which is the lesser of two evils -- a bad rug or a bad comb over. Luckily, there have been medical advancements and social and cultural shifts that make solutions for hair loss and hair thinning in both men and women something to embrace. Here's my "piece" on why faux hair doesn't have to be a faux pas.