What is Alopecia?
Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss. Pure and simple. However, there are a myriad of different types of alopecia. Such as Androgenic which refers to pattern baldness in both men and women. Totalis where the hair on the scalp is missing completely, there is also traction alopecia where hair loss happens through overstyling. This is particularly common with cornrows. And then there is an alopecia which is more common that you may realise, called alopecia areata. This is where coin-sized discs of hair loss appear across the scalp. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition and also an umbrella term for alopecia totalis or universalis whereby hair loss is experienced beyond just patches.