Afro Caribbean Hair Alopecia Areata

Alopecia Areata of Afro-Caribbean Hair

Alopecia Areata Afro Caribbean Hair Loss Picture

This condition affects 4% of the population and can affect men, women and children of any age or Ethnicity. This condition is auto immune and is often triggered by an emotive situation, this can occur up to 3 months before the appearance of the patch of hair loss. This may also present with pitting or ridges to the finger nails and can cause the eyebrows to thin also. There are several forms of this condition:

  • Alopecia Areata which can cause a single small patch or several patches of varying size and occasionally these join together to cover an extensive area of the scalp.
  • Alopecia Totalis which causes the whole scalp hair to fall.
  • Oophiasic Alopecia Areata the prognosis of this condition is not good as rarely re grows, it can cause the whole hair line (front and back) to fall out.
  • Alopecia Universalis this causes every single hair on the body to fall, often overnight. An example of this would be Duncan Goodhue who had a shock bereavement.

Afro-Caribbean Hair Alopecia Areata Treatment

This condition can be treated in the clinic and at home with the use of stimulants, ultraviolet light therapy (which causes an auto immune response and hairs grows as a reaction), and massage. In black hair Alopecia Areata, we are against the use of intralesional and topical steroids as any hair that regrows from these injections rarely remains. There are occasions where the use of hair pieces and wigs are advised for the short term- this often breaks the emotions connected to being an AA patient and the hair growth can resume.

Specialist black hair piece and wig companies can be recommended via this clinic.