September was Alopecia Awareness Month and to help raise the profile of this devastating condition, women took to Instagram to share their stories.
Brittany Myers is one of the brave women who opened up on social media in the hope of helping others. She was diagnosed with alopecia at just seven years of age and initially suffered with the odd bald patch. However, she’s now been completely bald since she was 26. Like many sufferers, Brittany’s journey was an emotional and difficult one, but after altering her style, she’s now confident and happy in who she is.
What is alopecia?
Although people are becoming more aware of alopecia, there’s still a lot of misunderstanding about what the condition actually is. It’s most commonly associated with total baldness, but it’s actually rare for women to lose all of their hair.
Alopecia is merely a term used to describe certain types of hair loss. There’s different types of alopecia including androgenetic alopecia and alopecia totalis. The latter is where the entire hair sheds, not just from the scalp, but all over the body.
Typically, the condition affects older people, but it can start at any age. There is no cure for alopecia, but there are ways to cover up the condition for those struggling to come to terms with it.
Why women are sharing their stories
Although a large reason behind sharing their personal stories on social media is to raise awareness of alopecia, many women also want to provide a sense of community. When you suffer with alopecia, it can feel like you’re completely alone. However, when you see stories from other women going through the exact same thing, it can connect you, help you to share your experience and realise it doesn’t have to control your life.
There’s no denying the stories being shared on Instagram are truly inspirational. For those worried they may be experiencing alopecia, it’s important to seek advice from a doctor. Hair loss has many causes and determining the root cause is vital if you want to find the right treatment or solution.