Morgan’s Wigs are proud supporters of the charity Alopecia UK. At Morgan’s we see over 10 men, women and children a week who suffer through Alopecia. Alopecia UK specialise in working with those who are affected by Alopecia through the aims of support, awareness, research and fundraising. Despite Alopecia UK being a relatively small charity they are the largest alopecia charity in Britain and Morgan’s are proud to be associated with this charity.
For those who aren’t aware there are 5 different types of alopecia. These are;
- Alopecia Areata (AA) Inc AT & AU – Alopecia Areata (AA) is understood to be an autoimmune condition. The immune system which normally protects the body from foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria, mistakenly attacks the hair follicles. This is what leads to hair loss.
- Androgenetic Alopecia – Androgenetic Alopecia is often referred to as ‘Male Pattern Hair Loss’ or ‘Female Pattern Hair Loss’. It is the most common type of hair loss affecting approximately 50% of men over the age of 50 and around 50% of women over the age of 65. Androgenetic Alopecia can also affect younger men and women. It is caused by a number of genetic and hormonal factors. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is the main hormone responsible for Androgenetic Alopecia in genetically susceptible individuals. DHT causes hair loss by inducing a change in the hair follicles. The hairs produced by the follicles affected by DHT become progressively smaller until eventually the follicles shrink completely and stop producing hair entirely.
- Scarring Aloepcias – Scarring Alopecias refers to a rare group of disorders that destroy hair follicles. Occasionally they are referred to as cicatricial alopecias. The hair follicles are replaced with scar tissue (hence the name). In some cases the hair loss is without symptoms and can go unnoticed for long periods. In other cases the hair loss is accompanied by burning, itching and pain and is more progressive. It occurs in men and women of all ages but it less common in children. Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia, Lichen Planopilaris and Folliculitis Decalvans are three of the more well known Scarring Alopecias.
- Telogen & Anagen Effluvium – Normally 10% of a person’s hair is in the telogen phase. Telogen effluvium occurs when there is a higher than average amount of hair shedding, 30% of more. Common triggers for this change in the usual telogen stage include childbirth, trauma, illness, bereavement, sudden weight loss, new medication or hormonal changes. In around a third of those affected, no cause can be found.
- Traction Alopecia – Traction alopecia is usually due to excessive pulling or tension on hair shafts as a result of certain hair styles. It is seen more often in women, particularly those of East Indian and Afro-Caribbean origin. Hair loss depends on the way the hair is being pulled. Prolonged traction alopecia can stop new hair follicles developing and lead to permanent hair loss.
If you would like to find us on the Alopecia UK website and view all of the services we offer please click this link https://www.alopecia.org.uk/morgans-wigs-ltd