The hair loss condition has been a part of Ranvir Singh's life since she was a little girl. What is alopecia areata? And why did it affect the jour
The hair loss condition has been a part of Ranvir Singh’s life since she was a little girl. What is alopecia areata? And why did it affect the journalist from such a young age? “I’ve had alopecia since I was about eight or nine,” Ranvir said on the ITV morning show, Good Morning Britain. The 43-year-old believes her condition was triggered due to her dad’s death.
When alopecia areata affects the nails, there might be dents, ridges, or brittle nails.
The condition can develop at any age, but most people develop it during childhood or their teenage years.
Am I at risk of developing alopecia areata?
While anybody can get the condition, some people have a greater risk of alopecia areata.
This includes having a blood relative who has it, or if you’ve got any of the following conditions:
- Hay fever
- Atopic dermatitis
- Thyroid disease
- Down syndrome
You may also be at more risk of alopecia areata if you’re using a drug called nivolumab to fight against cancer.
The hair loss condition can’t be cured, but it is possible for hair to regrow – sometimes on its own.
Some people may experience cycles of hair loss and regrowth, while others – like Ranvir – may not have hair regrow back at all.
The mum-of-one has had her eyebrows microbladed (a semi-permanent tattoo) to give the appearance of full-bodied brows.
On Instagram, the journalist said microblading has been “a revelation”.
Ranvir also uses hair powder to fill in the bald patches on her scalp, and has also used hair extensions in the past.
The NHS suggests various treatment options for people who are suffering from hair loss.
This ranges from a hair transplant, steroid creams, light treatment to wigs.