Coming up next month September 2016 is Alopecia Awareness month.
So what is Alopecia?
Alopecia is hair loss. It is not only the hair on your head, but other parts of the body that can be effected. Some people lose hair in patches whilst others will lose their hair completely. It is an auto immune condition which effects the hair follicles.
It effects, men women and children. It is something that can come on quite sudden. Although it does not have any health risks associated with it, the fact that many people lose their hair, means that it can be very traumatic and effects people in their everyday life’s because of it.
There are different types as well, here are a few, more information can be found on http://www.alopeciaonline.org.uk about the condition, types and help.
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition which causes patchy hair loss. It can result in a single bald patch or extensive patchy hair loss.
Alopecia totalis is a more advanced form of alopecia areata which results in total loss of all hair on the scalp.
Alopecia universalis is the most advanced form of alopecia areata which results in total loss of all hair on the body, including eyelashes and eyebrows.
Alopecia barbae is alopecia areata that is localised to the beard area. It can be a single bald patch or more extensive hair loss across the whole of the beard area.
Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA) (This is the type the lady in the video has)
Also known as male pattern baldness or female pattern baldness. It is a thinning of the hair to an almost transparent state, in both men or women. It is thought to be a hereditary form of hair loss and is the most common type of progressive hair loss.
I feature here in this video a lady called Sarah who suffers with Androgenetic Alopecia. Sarah has raised money for the Alopecia UK by having her head shaved and then having a Henna Crown painted. After having it she said that it is the prettiest she has felt for 5 years and was also feeling more feminine.
For those of you that are not familiar with Henna Crowns it is a idea that was brought to life by an organisation called “Henna Heals.” Henna Heals is a Canadian organization that hosted over 150 henna artists around the world who, using temporary ink, create intricate “crowns” on cancer patients’ heads. Instead of a wig, scarf, or any other kind of cover up, patients can boast a beautiful design (which lasts around two weeks) as an alternative, and even relay an empowering message.
Henna artists are creating beautiful pieces of art for their clients. Clients that have suffered hair loss through cancer, alopecia or any other conditions. Anyone can have one.
They are helping people in their life’s. Sometimes when out and about people may stare because someone has lost their hair, now they will be looking on for a different reason. Art, art that transforms and heals people. It makes them feel and look amazing and it is harmless.
There are no side effects from Henna and it is not a permanent ink. So you can change the design as many times as you like.
This particular piece of art was created by a lady called Jen. You can find all her details on the following:
www.jenshenna.com and https://www.facebook.com/JensHennaPage
If you would like to donate you can visit http://www.alopeciaonline.org.uk/Donate.asp
Thank you for reading and for watching. Ann