As some of you may know, September is Alopecia Awareness month. We’ve partnered with Joy Blenman, a Toronto-based writer, content creator and Velour Society Member who has Alopecia Universalis. She has been very open and vulnerable with us about her journey getting diagnosed with Alopecia at an early age. In the interview below, she shares her experience, gives you a lash masterclass and answers your questions on alopecia.
Before we get into it, we wanted to share some more information about Alopecia.
Alopecia is an autoimmune disease that results in varying degrees of hair loss, from small patches on the head to all the hair on the body. The cells of the immune system attack the hair follicles, causing the hairs to fall out due to inflammation. It's not “just hair”, alopecia has an impact on the mental health and well-being of the patient. Currently there is no cure for alopecia, although various treatments are available, and research is ongoing. To support those impacted by this disease, we sponsor the Canadian Alopecia Areata Foundation (CANAAF), a volunteer-run registered charity that provides community, awareness, support and research updates to those impacted by this disease. If you are looking to find more resources, please check out CANAAF if you are in Canada and NAAF for those who are in US.
If you are looking to find more resources, please check out CANAAF if you are Canadian & NAAF for those who are in US. Please make sure to check out Joy’s page as well!