Alopecia means loss of hair or baldness. There are a few different ways it can affect people, but the most common is small patches of hair loss, like circles, appearing on the scalp: this is called Alopecia Areata.
In the UK, Alopecia Areata is estimated to affect about 15 in 10,000 people. Most family doctors will have seen at least one case, and you probably know of a friend or family member who has had it.
Apart from the patch, the scalp usually looks healthy and there is no scarring. Occasionally, there is some mild redness, mild scaling, mild burning or slightly itchy feeling on the bald patches, but usually the person doesn’t feel anything.
The following are the female celebrities that have suffered from Alopecia areata and were able to cure it:
Ella Shaw developed Alopecia Areata in her last year of primary school, aged just 10 years old.
“It was quite a time… but I wouldn’t have wished it not to happen… it boosted my confidence and I want to try and spread the message that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and that things will be OK at the end,” Ella said on the TV show, Lorraine.
Viola Davis the ground-breaking, award-winning actress and Hollywood A-lister confessed to frequently wearing wigs on the red carpet to hide her patchy hair loss caused by alopecia areata.
Now, her hair has regrown, and she has graced the cover of high profile magazines including In Style, wearing her natural hair – no wigs or extensions.
The ex-wife of the President of Pakistan Imran Khan experienced a patch of Alopecia Areata which regrew naturally although the hair initially, as can happen sometimes, grew back white. She told Vogue magazine, “I’ve had to dye it ever since.”
The Little Mix beauty is famous nowadays for her long and shiny locks, but Jesy started losing hair as a young teen. Speaking to Fabulous magazine, she explained that coping with cruel bullies may have played a big part.
“I was probably about 13 when my hair just started coming out,” she said. “Stress can cause alopecia and it wasn’t nice. I got picked on because I’ve always liked to dress differently. I’ve never really wanted to fit in with everyone else.”