All About Alopecia Areata

In our two-part series on diseases that can cause hair loss, we briefly discussed alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the hair follicles. Because alopecia areata is such a common cause of patchy hair loss and thinning hair, we thought it deserved a more in-depth discussion.

Although alopecia areata – which is more commonly referred to as simply alopecia – is relatively well-known, there are several aspects of the disease that are less commonly known or understood. We’ll focus on those in this post.

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First, alopecia areata does not only cause the loss of hair on the head. It can also cause hair on the face and, occasionally, other parts of the body.

Second, alopecia areata often makes its first appearance during childhood. The lifetime risk of being diagnosed with the disease is around 2 percent.

Third, alopecia areata is fairly common. It affects people of all ages and ethnic groups, and both men and women are at risk. The National Alopecia Areata Foundation estimates that as many as 6.8 million people in the United States have the disease.

Fourth, as a “polygenic disease,” both parents must contribute a set number of specific genes in order for their child to develop alopecia areata. Therefore, it is not a given that a parent with the disease will pass it to their children. It is also believed to be influenced by environmental factors, which makes the genetic risks of the disease more difficult to predict.

Finally, alopecia areata usually does not cause complete hair loss, but instead, causes hair to fall out in patches. (There is one form of the disease, called alopecia totalis, that does cause total hair loss, but that is less common.) The hair follicles remain alive, leaving the possibility of hair regrowth. In many cases, however, the disease often prevents hair from regrowing where it was previously lost, and hair that does regrow may fall out once again. This is where our Minneapolis hair restoration experts come in.

At DK International, we offer a variety of hair replacement services, including hairsystems, hair extensions, wigs and hair solutions. We can customize a solution to fit your budget and needs. Give our Bloomington, MN hair restoration experts a call to set up a free consultation.

Is Your Hair Loss a Symptom of Disease? (Part One)

On our blog, we’ve previously discussed thyroid disease (which includes hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s disease, Graves’ disease and others) and discussed how the disease could potentially cause hair loss. Unfortunately, thyroid disease is not the only ailment that can cause or worsen hair loss. There are a host of diseases that can impact hair health, and we’ll discuss a few in this two-part series.

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Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks hair follicles, causing hair – usually on the scalp, but possibly on other areas of the body as well – to fall out in small patches. While alopecia areata usually does not result in complete hair loss, it may prevent hair from regrowing where it was lost. Even if the hair does grow back, it may fall out again.

There is no cure for alopecia areata, but there may be ways to regrow hair. Talk to one of our Minneapolis hair restoration experts to discuss your options.

 

Syphilis

Syphilis can be difficult to diagnose – it’s possible to have the disease for several years without showing any symptoms. This can cause it to be transmitted more often. More than 56,000 cases were reported in 2013, according to the CDC, making syphilis a fairly common disease.

Syphilis has four stages, and it is during the second stage that skin rashes and hair loss is common. These symptoms will go away regardless of whether you receive treatment, but it’s important to see your doctor and get treated before more serious and permanent harm is done.

 

Hypopituitarism

More often referred to as an underactive pituitary gland, hypopituitarism occurs when the pituitary gland – which is located on the underside of the brain – fails to release enough hormones. Underlying causes of hypopituitarism include brain, pituitary gland or hypothalamus tumors, or other diseases such as tuberculosis, stroke, sarcoidosis, hemochromatosis or others. In some cases, the cause may not be known.

Because there is no single causes of hypopituitarism, there is no set course of treatment. The disease is treated on a case by case basis, with an ultimate goal of restoring hormone levels.

 

Stay tuned for part two to learn more about diseases that cause and worsen hair loss.

 

If you’re dealing with hair loss, contact our discrete Bloomington, Minnesota hair restoration salon and schedule a free consultation. We carry a wide variety of hair systems, wigs, hair extensions and more. Our hair replacement professionals can help you to find the best solution for you.

Hair Care Products to Reverse and Prevent Hair Loss

Whether you’ve had thin hair all your life or are experiencing new-onset thinning, facing the prospect of hair loss can be alarming and daunting. At d.k. International, we are experienced in all stages of hair loss, and with a wide variety of products and services available at our Minneapolis-area salon, we can help you find the best solution for your lifestyle and budget.

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In addition to extensions, wigs and related hair loss solutions, we also carry a wide range of hair care products that are designed to reverse thinning and revitalize the scalp and hair. Products include scientifically formulated shampoos and conditioners, overnight scalp treatments, leave-in thickeners, styling products and more. Most products are available for both natural and color-treated hair.

These products work by deep cleaning and improving the health of the scalp – clearing product buildup and excess oil from hair follicles and increasing blood flow to the scalp. This allows for more natural hair growth and protects from future hair loss. While that new growth is occurring, styling products can help to volumize and style your hair to make it appear thicker and healthier.

Vitamins can also be highly beneficial for those experiencing thinning hair. These daily supplements contain ingredients proven to promote healthy hair growth and overall health of hair, skin and nails.

At d.k. International, we carry unique specialty hair care products for thinning hair. Our experienced professionals can help you determine the right products for you, and recommend a specific treatment plan for thicker, healthier hair.

In our Bloomington hair loss salon, we offer a wide range of products for hair loss, with customizable solutions for every situation. Whether your hair loss is due to male or female pattern baldness, trichotillomania, chemotherapy, alopecia or another reason, d.k. International is here to help. Contact us to learn more and schedule an appointment.

 

Male and Female Pattern Baldness

Treatments to Slow the Process of Male and Female Pattern Baldness

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Male or Female Pattern Baldness is a distinctive form of hair loss that affects many, usually by the age of 50. This can be defined as the loss of hair from the head brought on by age but can also be caused by an autoimmune disorder. Androgenetic alopecia affects both men and women and is very common. Here are ways that this may impact males and females:

Males:

  • Hair is lost in well-defined pattern
  • Hair loss begins above the temples
  • Overtime, the hairline recedes to form an “M” shape
  • Usually, the hair loss occurs at the top of the head or the front, at the hairline

Females:

  • 40 % of women are affected, usually by age 50
  • Less than 45% of women reach 80 years old with a full head of hair
  • Hair becomes thinner than normal
  • Hair loss is usually at the top of the head and at the crown
  • Major events such as child birth, malnutrition, a severe infection, major surgery or extreme stress can be big causes of sudden hair loss.

There are no cures for male and female pattern baldness, but there are treatments and ways to try and slow the process. Hair transplants and natural looking wigs and hairpieces are options to cover up the patchy areas. There are also foods that may fight hair loss. A poor diet may cause macro and micronutrient deficiencies. Eating lots of red, yellow and orange fruits and vegetables such as carrots, peppers and cantaloupe may help with your nutrients. Fatty fish such as salmon contains omega 3 and yogurts are rich in vitamin B5. Also, staying hydrated is key, drinking as much water as possible and cutting back on the caffeine.

Our Bloomington, Minnesota location makes it easy for clients to receive the treatments they seek, including haircuts, perms, coloring, attachments, bonds, reconditioning of human or synthetic hair, Cyberhair rejuvenation, wig repair, scalp treatments, and Micro Point Solutions Hair systems.

Contact us today to schedule a free one-hour consultation, where you will meet one-on-one with one of our experienced technicians to discuss the type of hair loss you’re experiencing and the solution that best fits with your lifestyle and budget needs.

What Is Alopecia?

d.k. International Can Help with Hair Loss Due to Alopecia

alopeciaAlopecia, or patchy hair loss, happens suddenly with one or more circular bald patches occurring on the scalp. This autoimmune disease hits more than 200,000 people per year. A person’s immune system attacks their own body, or more specifically, their hair follicles. Hair loss comes in quarter sized clumps and in rare cases, the person may lose all of their hair.

 

It is believed that the person’s genetic makeup may be a trigger, as well as stress. Alopecia is unpredictable and can happen to anyone of all ages. It affects one’s self-esteem of their appearance and although it cannot be cured, there are various types of treatment and options to improve the look of your hair and regain back your confidence.

 

This is where d.k. International can help. There are many types of topical hair and scalp treatments available to aid in the progression and appearance of the effects of alopecia. With a personal and confidential consultation, you will meet with a trained technician and receive expert service in our comfortable hair loss salon. With our cutting edge hair replacement procedures, we allow people who are suffering from alopecia to maintain their appearance and self-esteem. We also provide replacements, attachments and reconditioning.

 

Hair loss, whether full or partial, can be an emotional experience. Here at d.k. International, we understand how difficult this time can be, which is why we offer personal, confidential, and expert service at our hair loss salon. Contact us today to schedule a free one-hour consultation, where you will meet one-on-one with one of our experienced technicians to discuss the type of hair loss you’re experiencing and the solution that best fits with your lifestyle and budget needs.

 

Our Bloomington, Minnesota location makes it easy for clients to receive the treatments they seek, including haircuts, perms, coloring, attachments, bonds, reconditioning of human or synthetic hair, Cyberhair rejuvenation, wig repair, scalp treatments, and Micro Point Solutions Hair systems.

How DK International Changed This Client’s Life

Kayla Before

Kayla Before

Personal testimonials and referrals from our happy clients are what keep DK International in business.  Since we’re focused on our clients’ discretion, the only avenues of advertising we use is through word-of-mouth referrals and our clients sharing their experiences via our online social community which you can find on Facebook.  This puts the control in our clients’ hands so who knows about their hair loss is up to them.  In this blog I want to share a testimonial from a client of ours who was going through a very stressful time in her life, aside from being diagnosed with Alopecia.  I want to share this testimonial to show how we eased her fears and made her feel like her again during the most important part of her life.

When Kayla came to us, she was under a tremendous amount of stress.  Kayla was getting ready for her destination wedding in the Bahamas in three months and had just been diagnosed with Alopecia.  Wanting to go to a local salon, Kayla tried several wig suppliers in the area only to be discouraged.  Each wig she tried on failed to look or feel like her personality.  Kayla was ready to give up, but her sister persisted and scheduled a free one-hour consultation at DK International.  Not wanting to be disappointed again, Kayla was extremely hesitant to go to the appointment, but eventually she agreed.  Below is what Kayla had to say about her visit to DK International:

Kayla After

Kayla After

“The day I went to DK International changed my life.  I instantly felt welcome and comfortable and for the first time since my diagnosis, hopeful.  I was finally working with people that understood exactly what I was going through.  They had already ordered several wigs specifically for me and had them ready for me to try on at my first visit there.  We were able to go through them one by one while discussing MY feelings.  I ended up finding one that looked exactly like me!  Although I had just met the staff at DK International, I felt like I had all my best friends with me.  Every day since, I am beyond thankful for this experience.  I have continued to go to DK for services and additional wigs.”

Kayla continues to deal with Alopecia every day, but instead of letting the autoimmune disorder control her emotions, she has gained life-long friendships with the staff at DK International. 

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