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Hair loss information

We understand that hair loss of any type can be devastating. Below we have put together some information on hair loss with links to professionals, services and support networks. Please don’t suffer alone, we would love to help, pop in and see us or give us a call.

Chemotherapy and hair loss

We are experienced at working with people who are undergoing or about to undergo Chemotherapy treatment. We aim to support you through this difficult time and find the perfect wig or head piece for you, so you can look good and focus on your recovery.

If you are having chemotherapy your hair loss may be gradual or dramatic. Whichever way it happens, it's startling and can be depressing, and you'll need a lot of support during this time. For tips for coping with hair loss please click here.

Alopecia (hair loss of any type)

Alopecia Areata
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition which causes patchy hair loss. It can result in a single bald patch or extensive patchy hair loss. More here…

Alopecia Totalis
Alopecia totalis is a more advanced form of alopecia areata which results in total loss of all hair on the scalp. More here…

Alopecia Universalis
Alopecia universalis is the most advanced form of alopecia areata which results in total loss of all hair on the body, including eyelashes and eyebrows. More here…

Pattern Hair Loss (Androgenic Alopecia)
Mistakenly thought to be a strictly male disease, Pattern Hair Loss (PHL) 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. PHL can also affect younger men and women. It is caused by a number of genetic and hormonal factors. Hair loss can be absolutely devastating for the sufferer's self-image and emotional well-being. Read more about treatment options here.

Patchy Hair loss
Most Hair loss in patches can be due to number of conditions. Most common is alopecia areata followed by tine capitis, traction alopecia and trichotillomania. Rarer causes are ringworm and syphilis or one of the patchy forms of scarring hair loss. More here.

Hair shedding
Any cause of hair loss, if sudden and severe enough, will cause shedding. It’s important to receive an accurate diagnosis. The following details information on causes of shedding not related to male or female pattern hair loss. This form of hair loss is called an effluvium. There are two types of effluvium, telogen and anagen. More here.


Help and support

Ministry of Health Wig and Hair Pieces subsidy
The Wigs and Hairpieces Service Payment is a payment to people who suffer from serious hair loss because of a medical condition or from certain cancer therapies. The payments are to reduce the cost of purchasing and maintaining a wig or hairpiece or other related products. Click here to read more.

Diagnosis and treatment
As you’ve probably worked out, hair loss is very complex and therefore it is important to get an accurate diagnosis to ensure the best possible treatment. We recommend Dr Paul Nola. Find out more about Dr Nola here…

Alopecia New Zealand
www.alopecianz.co.nz

Female Hair loss support group
Find us on Facebook. We are also looking at running a Face-to-face group in Auckland.