In 2008, Jean Jackson’s hair started falling out. By 2013, she had lost it all: eyebrows, eyelashes, everything. Jean suffers from a rare autoimmune disease called alopecia areata that causes the body to attack the cells that regulate hair growth. In extreme cases like Jean’s, alopecia areata results in total baldness. In a recent interview with Diane Atwood of the Catching Health blog, Jean opened up about her journey. At Vinci Hair Clinic, our mission is to provide the best support possible for people experiencing hair loss, no matter the cause. We wanted to share Jean’s story to provide more information about this rare condition.
For most people, alopecia areata is treatable through steroids, topical immunotherapy, or Rogaine (minoxidil). Each of these treatments can slow down hair loss or spark regrowth for many patients. For those like Jean who have more severe forms of alopecia areata, however, these treatments don’t work. As Jean tried different treatments and spoke to different medical professionals, she found a shocking degree of ignorance about alopecia areata in the medical community. After seeing her condition, some nurses would even ask her what type of chemotherapy she was on. When you live with untreatable alopecia areata, the frequent stares, looks of pity, and conversations about hair loss can become quite frustrating.
Even though coming to terms with hair loss has been challenging for Jean, new technologies have smoothed her journey. She told Diane Atwood about how one of these technologies has improved her experience: “You’d be surprised how much of a difference eyebrows make. I tried penciling them and I thought, this is not working, so I had my eyebrows tattooed… It was the best investment I’ve made in a long time.” Facial makeup tattooing can offer great relief to people experiencing alopecia areata. Similarly, scalp micropigmentation procedures, like the ones we offer at Vinci Hair Clinic, can also provide great relief by mimicking the appearance of a shaved head.
Coping with alopecia areata has been difficult for Jean, but she finds it important to be forthright about her condition to educate others. If you’d like to learn more about alopecia areata or other hair loss conditions, contact our professionals at Vinci Hair Clinic to set up a consultation today.