The beauty industry has done so much for people living with alopecia, male and female alike. So if you've lost a lot of hair, the new crop of wigs and tattoos can go a long way in helping.

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Alopecia simply means hair loss. 

The most common cause of alopecia is male-pattern and female-pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia)

Hair loss can also result from:

  • an illness
  • Alopecia areata (sudden loss of patches of hair when there is no obvious cause such as a skin or general internal disorder).
  • cancer treatment
  • weight loss
  • iron deficiency
  • Fungal infections, such as ringworm of the scalp (tinea capitis)
  • Physical stresses, such as high fever, surgery, a major illness, sudden weight loss, or pregnancy (which can lead to telogen effluvium)
  • Injury (trauma).

Finasteride and minoxidil are the main treatments for male pattern baldness. Finasteride is avoided in women. Wearing wigs can cover areas of hair loss.

Other treatments for hair loss are: Steroid injections or creams given into bald patches, Immunotherapy, Light treatment, Tattooing, Artificial hair transplant surgery to implant artificial hairs.