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Sign up for Beneath the Surface, NAAF’s bi-monthly e-news, to stay informed about alopecia areata and you’ll also get the NAAF info pack with helpful tips and advice

  • Learn what’s new in the world of alopecia areata research
  • Get info on helping your child have a positive experience at school
  • Connect with others who share your condition through a support group
  • Find new, healthy ways to cope with reactions to alopecia areata

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Over 6.8 million people in the U.S. have or will develop symptoms of alopecia areata at some point in their lives.

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease, which means that your immune system mistakes the normal cells in your hair follicle as foreign invaders and attacks them.

Parents must contribute a number of specific genes in order for a child to develop alopecia areata. However, most parents will not pass the disease along to their children. Even with the necessary combination of genes, developing alopecia areata is still not a certainty.

Even with widespread alopecia areata, your hair follicles remain alive and hair can regrow at any time.

Never a bad hair day

When you have alopecia areata, you have stylish options like scarves, hats, hairpieces and wigs. And you can also boldly show off your scalp — just as it is. Learn more when you sign up for our bi-monthly enews.

Get tips and advice to look and feel your best

TIP: Get an exact color match to cover bare patches on your scalp, by mixing more than one aerosol spray — just be sure to start with the darker shade, followed by layers of lighter color on top. Perfection!

TIP: After shaving your scalp, rinse with cold water to help close pores. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen if you’re planning to spend time outdoors.

TIP: Join a support group in your area and know you are not alone. Learn from others about healthy ways to live with alopecia areata.

“Alopecia areata has made me stronger, more confident, understanding and easy going, and I am not afraid or intimidated by what other people think of me.”

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