Alopecia is a form of hair loss.
There are many types such as;
Androgenetic Alopecia also known as male-pattern baldness which effects both sexes and over time the hair line recedes.
Telogen Effluvium where stress causes the hair roots to be prematurely pushed into a resting state, this can be acute or chronic.
Anagen Effluvium is the result of hair shedding during the anagen or growth stage of the hair cycle.
Alopecia Areata otherwise known as "spot of baldness" or "Davey kirts syndrome" and is an autoimmune disease where hair is lost from one, several or all parts of the body.
Traction Alopecia is a gradual hair loss caused by pulling of the hair, such as wearing tight ponytails or braids.
Other causes of alopecia can be those such as family history, hormonal changes, medical conditions and/or medications.
This blog is based on the story of Imogen Jade, a beautiful young 18 year old from the UK.
For most women, we take our hair for granted.
We wash, cut, colour and style.
We often change our hair depending on our mood or situation.
However for Imogen Jade this is not a choice she has, for she is diagnosed with alopecia.
But Imogen Jade and her loved ones are proud of her uniqueness.
Alopecia is a form if hair loss and in Imogen Jade's case it was caused by stress due to the fact that as a young child she was the victim of bullying.
At the age of 9 Imogen Jade's hair suddenly began to grow back but sadly the bullying continued and sadly at the age of 11 her hair fell out again.
Over the years Imogen Jade experimented with wigs and hairpieces.
Her doctor made a suggestions in regards to steroid injections that encourage hair to grow, but once the injections stop the hair falls out again so for Imogen Jade this wasn't to be.
At the age of 15 Imogen Jade had the remainder of her hair shaved off and became proud of her new look.
She became a heroine too by donating her hair to a charity that makes wigs for children.
Despite cruel comments from bullies brave Imogen Jade fought back for her right to be happy.
Today Imogen Jade is now accepting modelling jobs despite her alopecia.
The "bald" truth is that Imogen Jade is a remarkable young lady with a bright future ahead of her.