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Natalie asks:
I have had alopecia areata for about 12 years now. My hair falls out in patches and then grows back course frizzy with a curl in. It is very hard to style as it stands out from the rest of my hair. I straighten it every day which is causing it to look dry. I use Tigi shampoo and conditioner for coloured hair but am finding it is making my roots greasy. How can I look after my hair? What products do you suggest? I love my hair otherwise but these unruly patches of hair are making it difficult to maintain. Your advice is much appreciated

Tony MaleedyAnswered By:
Tony Maleedy
It sounds like you have accepted that you have to live with the alopecia areata and have give up trying to do something about it, and I would not if I were you. When I was in clinical practice I saw many hundreds of people with AA and almost all of them regained their hair .... sooner or later. ...More >

Alopecia areata (area) is a relatively common, but highly unpredictable, auto-immune disorder of the hair follicles, affecting approximately 1.7% of the population in the UK.

In alopecia areata, the affected hair follicles are mistakenly attacked by a personís own immune system (white blood cells), resulting in the arrest of the hair growth stage. Alopecia areata usually starts with one or more small, round, smooth bald patches on the scalp. Occasionally, it progresses to affect the total scalp hair loss (alopecia totalis).

Alopecia areata occurs in males and females of all ages and races; however, onset most often begins in childhood. Although not life-threatening, alopecia areata is most certainly life-altering, and its sudden onset, recurrent episodes, and unpredictable course have a profound psychological impact on the lives of those disrupted by this disease.

In an unaffected person 90% of the hair follicles are in the active, or hair producing, phase of the hair cycle (which lasts on average between 3 and 6 years), and 10% in the resting phase (which lasts about 3 months). In cases of alopecia areata all the hair follicles in a particular area are thrown from their active phase into their dormant phase were the hair falls out and the follicle rests for a time. But rather than the normal 3 months it can be 6 or 12 months or even several years. The one saving grace of alopecia areata is that the hair follicles never die. This is very important because as they are only dormant they can, and usually do, start producing hair again at some point.

Stress, shock, anxiety are all common causes of alopecia areata. Any of these can act as a triggering factor which starts the problem off and then, because of the stress the loss of hair can cause the disorder continuities even thought the initial causative factor has disappeared, so one is left with a viscous and perpetual cycle.

Because the hair is capable of growing given the right circumstances, it is a question of finding out what they are. Reducing any stress causing factor will help, and ensuring that the diet is good is very important (see feeding your hair information sheet).

There are a number of treatments which can be helpful. Minoxidil (trade name, Regaine) has been shown to stimulate the regrowth of hair in some people. This is available from Boots and other chemists (use the extra strength formula). A standard form of treatment in trichology clinics is exposure to concentrated ultra-violet radiation in order to cause a marked erythema. This treatment can be very successful if carried out over a period of a few weeks.

You should also consider consulting a qualified trichologist. The Institute of Trichologists will give you a list of people in your area. Tel: 08706 070602





Judith asks:
I had very few highlights in my mid length wavy hair 3 years ago and since then have been trying to return to my dirty blonde/light brown hair. Every time I colour or have highlights they turn brassy or it has a gingery hue to it. I have had salon colors in ash brown tones to compensate but the color always returns to the gingery hue. If I was to have one shade lighter put on now would this eradicate the brassiness once and for all and leave me with a more manageable color? I also have some grey coming which would look less obvious I thought with a lighter shade? What do I ask for - if this is a good route to go?

Jason JohnsonAnswered By:
Jason Johnson
The best thing to have at the moment is an ash semi permanent through all of your hair! This will tone down any warmth through your hair and give a much better look. I know my hair has a lot of warmth and I have the same problem unless I have lots of ash in my colour. Lightening your hair one shade lighter would not necessarily work. You could still end up with more warmth! The good thing about having an ash semi permanent through is that it not only tones your hair but it will also condition and give your hair a fabulous shine. You can also reapply this when any warmth starts to show through again.







Anon asks:
I recently went to my local salon for a colour and cut. She put highlights on my hair (a 6 vol so I was told) and then a 12 vol bleach all over my roots then was put under heat for 40 minutes. I immediately felt intense burning and told them this, they told me it was normal and it will be fine. After 40 mins of pain she washed it off to a scarlet red scalp and styled it and I left. The redness went down but I was feeling and intense itching constantly and red blotchy marks over my scalp. My hair has been falling terribly and Iím very scared Iím going to go bald. The doctor gave me tablets for allergy but I think itís more a chemical burn than an allergic reaction. Will I go bald? Please help

Darren AmbroseAnswered By:
Darren Ambrose
When bleaching you should only use 6% and below on the scalp Ė gentle lifting without heat is the key to the perfect blonde. There are products you can put on the scalp prior to bleaching that help coat the scalp itself and protect it while bleaching. Also, after the process of lifting, there is a procedure of using the correct shampoo, cool rinse and a product to rebalance the scalpís PH. For hairdressers out there that arenít knowledgeable in creating the perfect blonde there are courses with product houses that teach you how to do this in compliance with the proper regulations.

As far as Iím concerned, there should never be 12 vol applied to the scalp at any time. You would expect to see irritation to the scalp and in severe cases, burning, and you would lose elasticity and compromise the condition of the hair itself resulting in breakage. If youíre unfortunate enough that this has happened to you, Iíd recommend seeing your doctor to treat a burn, then itís a case of nourishing the scalp at all times with the right treatments. Itís impossible to comment on your hair without seeing it but in theory the root ball would still be intact so any hair that falls out will regrow after the damage is done.





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