Hello Queens, if you are on this page, it’s because you have questions about hair loss, hair thinning, or the healthiness of your hair. You all know I am your Hair loss and Haircare Specialist, Katreia Edmond. I want to shine a light on hair loss. Well, at least 27 types of hair loss out here, but I want to talk about Alopecia Areata, an auto-immune disease where the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles. I know, I was like what my own body is against me, smh. Queens, when we pay attention to our body and hair, we may be able to catch the hair thinning early on. For example, when we see our hair falling out more often than usual (normal hair shedding is about 100 strands daily), we need to pause and ask if something else is happening. Another sign is clumps of hair fall, bald patches on your scalp, or changes in your toenails and fingernails, like little white lines or weak nails. These can be indications that an underline issue is going on that can affect our hair.
Let’s dig a little deeper. Alopecia Areata can cause hair loss from head to toe. This thing is serious. It can affect you at any age and is said that in the US, 6.8million people of all sexes and ethnicities are affected. Well, Queens, there are three main types of Alopecia Areata. One is Patchy Alopecia Areata which is patchy baldness on your scalp, beard area, eyebrows, eyelashes, armpits, inside nose, and ears, creating one or more patches of hair loss. Alopecia is when you lose total or near total hair loss on your scalp resulting in complete baldness. Then you have Alopecia Universalis, which is total hair loss on your body, which leaves your entire body hairless. Wait, keep reading. It’s more. Diffuse Alopecia Areata is a sudden thinning of your hair rather than lost patches, and Ophiasis Alopecia causes hair loss in a band shape around the sides and back of your head. Whew. That’s a lot, and it’s not even all of the types of Alopecia.
There is help out here for those that are affected by hair loss. First of all, as you know, I will encourage you to book a consultation with yours truly as well as with a dermatologist and your doctor. With all three of these help, you will get a clear direction on dealing with your hair loss situation. You see, if you start early on in your situation, you can possibly slow down the process of hair loss or, in some cases, regrow your hair back while getting healthy at the same time. You have to start somewhere. Hair loss is, most definitely, an emotional journey, and sometimes people that are not dealing with it don’t understand. It can cause low self-esteem, you question your worth, and in some cases, it can cause people to feel suicidal. To my Queens out there, you are BEAUTIFUL INSIDE OUT. That is how GOD created us from our mother’s womb. I am here to encourage you to explore your beauty in a healthy way. Connect with other women who don’t mind being vulnerable with how they feel and grow together. It won’t happen overnight, but our goal is to learn to love all of me even when life brings changes I don’t like. I heard a saying in one of Beyonce cd’s, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Queen, you can make the best lemonade out here. So don’t allow the changes in your Hair to dictate how you should feel about yourself. I am fearfully and wonderfully made by my creator, and so are you.