Alopecia is an auto immune disorder that causes your body’s immune system to attack your hair follicles.

This can be a few hairs or all of the hairs on one’s entire body.  Let’s discuss just a few varying types of alopecia.

Androgenic Alopecia is the most common form of alopecia is genetic.  We usually describe this as “male pattern baldness” or “female pattern baldness”.  This affects many individuals at some time in their life, sometimes starting in the teens and other times later in life.

Alopecia Areata is the next most common.  This is when one gets baldness in spots or patches or other areas.  These spots can range from as small as a pencil eraser or quarter to several inches.  This can remain just in areas or can become more extreme, changing over to one of the other types of alopecia.

Alopecia Totalis falls in line next.  Alopecia totalis affects the entire scalp.  The hair can fall out completely leaving the head bald and slick or it can fall out heavily leaving behind some “peach fuzz” type hairs.   Many who acquire this type will choose to wear wigs or other head coverings.  Others are completely comfortable sporting their new look, taking on the “bald is beautiful” mentality.

Alopecia Universalis although quite common in general, is the least common of the types we have discussed.  This form of alopecia at its most extreme form can affect the whole body, including eyebrows and eyelashes.  Many people who acquire this form of alopecia elect to use makeup every day to draw in their eyebrows and give the appearance of having both brows and lashes.  Those who can’t apply makeup for various reasons may turn to permanent makeup for a no mess, no fuss answer to having brows and eyeliner.

Permanent eyebrows and permanent eyeliner can make such a difference to someone who has lost their confidence due to loss of hair in these areas.  It can improve their feeling of self beauty and restore their self confidence.

Do you have alopecia or know someone who does?  Give yourself or them a gift of permanent makeup!  As with anything, do your research to find a qualified technician who is familiar with alopecia.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions.  If you’re in or around North Carolina, we highly recommend Darlene at CarolinaPermanentCosmetics.com.  If you’re unable to locate someone in your area, consider travleing to NC or contact us to ask for a recommendation in your area.