Alopecia areata is a dermatological condition that causes hair loss in men and women. It usually starts out with the development of round bald patches on the scalp and eventually spreads out to other parts of the body. It has no known cause and is sometimes linked to other diseases. However, alopecia areata is believed to be mostly an autoimmune disorder where the immune system mistakenly identifies and attacks scalp openings as intruders, thereby causing loss of hair. Though no real cause has been found for this disorder, there are several possible alopecia areata treatments available today.

Alopecia areata treatments

Since there is no definite cure for this condition yet and it is not generally considered a life-threatening disease, sufferers are fortunate to have access to many options. Patients who suffer it take alopecia areata treatment to soften or remedy the effect of baldness to their overall appearance and regrow lost hair. The hair loss remedies existing today may range from natural hair loss treatments to purely medical solutions.

Anti-inflammatory drugs widely used to treat alopecia areata. These drugs help restrain the immune system to prevent it from causing further damages to the body’s healthy cells. Two most popular of these drug-based hair loss remedies are anthralin and corticosteroids. Anthralin is a tar-like substance that is applied on the skin for a few minutes and then washed off.

Corticosteroids, on the other hand, come in the form of pills, topical creams, and injections. For those who experience heavy hair loss, taking pills is a highly recommended option. For fast results, patients may take injections of corticosteroids on the scalp monthly. Topical creams are directly applied on the affected area but are less effective than the other two. When these two drugs are used in combination, it can deliver amazing results.

Natural hair loss remedies

Another widely-explored natural alopecia areata treatment is the use of essential oils and onion juice. According to researches, massaging essential oils on the scalp daily will encourage hair growth in just a matter of a few months. On the other hand, applying onion juice on the scalp twice a day induces hair regrowth in a short span of two weeks. Depending on the severity of the condition, these natural hair loss treatments usually show promising outcome in less than a month.

While some patients choose to carry on with the temporary baldness, some patients who are not interested in medical hair loss remedies choose non-medical alternatives. Wearing wigs or hairpieces is one of the creative ways to conceal baldness or unsightly patches of hair loss.

Hypnotheraphy or the use of hypnosis is an alternative alopecia areata treatment as well. A case study involving 28 participants with extensive alopecia areata found that hynotheraphy helped reduce anxiety and depression level among patients. Hair regrowth for a substantial fraction of the participants rose to a big 75-100%. However, this study has received criticism because of its lack of a placebo and small-sized sampling.

Up to now, there is still no known means to prevent alopecia. Fortunately, there are several options to regroe hair which patients can liberally choose from.

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As it goes with famous bald men, female celebrities also have to part ways with their hair for this or that reason. For some of them it is a conscious choice or a matter of necessity, for others it’s a natural way of things and nothing can be done about it. Still, all famous bald women in the following list seam to reap benefits from their condition and they are not ashamed of their baldness at all.

Who said that long hair is an indispensable part of woman’s sexiness? Well, Amber Rose proves the opposite. The American model deliberately shaves her head and it makes her one of the sexiest bald women ever.

Bjork. This extraordinary Icelandic singer with expressive vocals and passion for the musical (and visual) experiment was shot bald in the video Hunter showing her transformation into a polar bear (with the help of CGI). They say she didn’t really shave her head but wore a bald cap for this video.

Britney Spears is a rowdy American pop superstar who has sold over 85 million of her albums worldwide. Perhaps, she is most famous for shocking her fans by shaving her head bald in 2007. A controversial deed was her manifestation of rebellion and insanity and stirred quite a scandal.

Cassie, or Cassandra Ventura, is an American singer, dancer and model. In April 2009 Cassie completely shaved the right side of her head explaining it as the need for a total change in her life. It must be said she looks cool with her new “Edward Scissorhands” hairstyle.

Quite often celebrities agree to go bald to star in movies. For example, the Australian award-winning actress Cate Blanchett (born on May 14, 1969) shaved her head for the role of Philippa in the movie Heaven (2002).

Demi Moore, an American actress, also readily said farewell to star in the movie G.I. Jane. She played the role of Lieutenant Jordan O’Neil, the first woman to undergo training in U.S. Navy. Though Demi looks very feminine and beautiful she proved that she could be badass on the screen as well.

As with many other ladies in the list, the baldness of Eve Salvail helped her reach a greater success. Not only Eve shaved her hair but also made a Chinese dragon tattoo on her bald head. Quite soon after that her extraordinary appearance was recognized and she became one of the top fashion models.

Sometime baldness is not a matter of a conscious choice. The Scottish model and TV presenter Gail Porter suffered from severe alopecia areata until she finally made decision to shave her head bald. She said it felt like a new beginning to her.

Kylie Minogue is another misfortunate celebrity that had to part ways with her splendid hair. In 2005 the Australian pop diva was diagnosed with breast cancer and lost most of her hair because of chemotherapy. Fortunately, Kylie could regrow some of her hair and could boast of her new short and sexy hairstyle.

Natalie Portman is another actress who famously went bald to play the role of Evey Hammond, a young woman who is rescued from state police by a vigilante “V” in the science fiction movie V for Vendetta (2006).

The Indian actress Persis Khambatta shaved her head for the role of the Deltan navigator Lieutenant Ilia in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. According to the movie Deltan race was bald, yet very sexual. Looking at the adorable Persis you can’t but agree with it.

Shabana Azmi (born on September 18, 1950) is one of the most famous actresses of Indian parallel cinema. She got rid of her beautiful hair in 2000 for the film Water directed by Deepa Mehta, an award-winning Canadian film director and screenwriter.

What do you think is the most badass female role ever? No doubt, it’s Ellen Ripley in the Alien series played by Sigourney Weaver. Baldness really contributed to Sigourney’s toughness in the 3rd installment.

Sinead O’Connor is a famous Irish musician who suffered from hair loss problems but managed to make her own style and trademark out of her baldness. One of her well-known statements is “I don’t feel like me unless I have my hair shaved.”

Thea Chassin is a special person in the world of bald (and balding) women. Her mission is not to let any woman feel alone with this condition. Thea has been suffering from alopecia areata since 1997 and lost all her hair on the scalp and body. So she founded her organization Bald Girls Do Lunch bringing together bald women through supportive lunch events.

Well, lives of celebrities are all about their looks. And, as you can see, sometimes bald can look cute, cool and cunning.