Wigs for Alopecia

If you have been suffering from alopecia, the professionals at Continental Hair are here for you. We have decades of experience offering hair loss solutions to both men and women with alopecia, and you can rest easy knowing we can tailor our services to your specific needs.

If you aren’t sure whether or not you have alopecia, we first recommend receiving a diagnosis from your doctor. In general, hair loss associated with alopecia is characterized by a patch or patches throughout the scalp. This is commonly referred to as alopecia "areata." There is a form that causes complete hair loss on the head alopecia “total” and all over the body "universals."

  • Wigs
  • Contressa
  • Postiche

A Postiche (sometimes called a "topper") is a partial wig meant to blend in with your own hair. Made with real human hair, our experts will blend your postiche with your existing hair so it's completely seamless!

Michael's mother Emma Suba developed this in the early 1970’s. Its changed quite a bit since then. The latest design, called the “Suzie,” is lightweight, natural and easy. The perfect solution for a woman that wants to wear something daily, but not permanently.

A Postiche may be best for you if:

  • You suffer from alopecia areata and have "patchy" hair loss

Regardless of the type of alopecia you are experiencing, don’t panic. We understand that hair loss can be a difficult and challenging experience, but we have solutions that can help. When your hair starts falling out, it’s easy to feel like the end of the world. Once you meet with one of our hair replacement professionals, you will know that’s not the case. From our custom-designed postiches to full wigs, we offer something for everyone. Please contact the Continental Hair team today for more details!

What should you know about Alopecia

Alopecia areata is a common condition that results in the loss of hair on the scalp and elsewhere. It usually starts with one or more small, round, smooth patches. It occurs in males and females of all ages, but young persons are affected most often.

Normally, hair follicles on the scalp are producing 30 meters of hair each day. In alopecia areata, the affected hair follicles slow down production drastically, become very small, and grow no hair visible above the surface for months or years. While in this hibernation-like state, the hair follicles remain alive below the surface and are ready to resume normal hair production whenever they receive the appropriate signal.

Some people develop only a few bare patches and re-grow them within a year, even without treatment. The scalp is the most commonly affected area, but the beard, or any hair bearing site, can be affected alone or together with the scalp. In some, the condition sprads and affects large areas of the scalp for long periods of time. In others, all hair on the scalp is lost-alopecia totalis-or all on the entire body is lost-alopecia universalis. No matter how widespread the hair loss, the hair follicles remain alive below the skin surface, and the possibility of hair re-growth remains.

Our Alopecia wigs and Medical Wigs are designed for comfort on a scalp that has no hair, where over the counter wigs will irritate the scalp and be itchy.

What is the signal that triggers the condition to start or stop?

It’s not clearly known, but an immunological signal is involved. Current research suggests that in alopecia areata something triggers the immune system to suppress the hair follicle. It isn’t known what this trigger is, or whether it comes from outside the body like a virus, or from inside like a hormone. Those with alopecia areata may also have antibodies directed against other normal parts of the body even though there is no disease or disability associated with these other antibodies. Since the hair follicles of individuals with alopecia universalis remain alive, hair regrowth may occur even without treatment and even after many years.

Is alopecia areata due to nerves?

No, alopecia areata is not a nervous disorder and those who have it have not caused it and have no control over its course.

Is it necessary to change plans regarding school, sports, friends, career, dating, and marriage?

No, not at all. There are options available to you that can help you manage your alopecia and its impact on the important areas of your life. Feel free to contact us to learn more about how we can help!

SOURCE: What you should know about Alopecia Areata from The Canadian Alopecia Areata Foundation

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