Alopecia Experts Ireland

OUR EXPERTISE IN ALOPECIA CARE

Apart from male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia), the most common type of alopecia is alopecia areata, which in a small number of cases can develop into alopecia totalis (total hair loss).

Alopecia areata is a common condition that results in the loss of hair on the scalp and elsewhere. It occurs in males and females of all ages, but onset most often occurs in childhood. In alopecia areata, the affected hair follicles become very small, drastically slowing down production.

This results in no hair growth visible above the surface for months or even years. However, no matter how widespread the hair loss, the hair follicles remain alive and are ready to resume normal hair production whenever they receive the appropriate signal.

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WIGS

With over 500 wigs to choose from at Roches, in every imaginable style and colour you’re sure to find a look that suits. If we don’t have your perfect style we will find it or our expert hairdressers can create it.

The choice can be confusing with all types of wigs from human hair, fibre hair, monofilament and hand tied so we offer guidance on the benefits of each type.
We use our knowledge to recommend which is the most appropriate for your condition and lifestyle, show you samples of each and finally help you choose the cut and colour you love the most.

Hair Pieces and Toupees

Small hairpieces can be custom-made to suit a specific bald area such as the crown, front receding hairline or other bald patches (e.g. from surgery or burn scars).

These pieces are matched to your hair colour, attached to the scalp with double sided tape or clips and blended through your own hair. They are very secure and undetectable. Hair enhancer pieces can also add volume and height to thinning hair.

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CONCEALING PRODUCTS

Thinning hair can be experienced by people of all ages and it can affect our sense of well being. Thankfully there are some great solutions.
Mask small patches and thinning hair.

Existing hair can be used to conceal patches or thinning areas. A consealing cream or powder can be matched to your hair colour for application to thinning or patchy areas.

This is very effective in camouflaging the area. Creative use of hair bands, scarves and other hair accessories can also be very effective. If the thinning is extensive, a light weight fine density wig might be your best option. We are happy to advise you.

HEADWEAR

Headwear is a great way to add colour and variety to your appearance. We stock a wide range in a host of colours and styles. A hat, bandana, turban or scarf is a quick and easy way to change your look. 

Our headwear pieces fit securely and can provide full head cover. Our stylish range can provide an ideal change from wearing your wig and can be teamed with add on hair to transform your looks.

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YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

What causes alopecia?

Alopecia is an auto-immune condition. Current research suggests that something triggers the immune system to suppress the hair follicle. It is unknown whether the trigger comes from outside the body like a virus, or from inside the body. Recent research indicates that some persons have genetic markers that may increase their susceptibility to develop alopecia areata.

How does alopecia areata start?

Alopecia usually starts with a bald patch, which often disappears within six months to two years. Sometimes two patches can merge together and wider areas will be affected. In some cases total baldness may occur.

There is no way at present to predict the course of alopecia in individual clients. Research suggests that 65% of people will experience one or two patches of hair loss while 35% will experience more persistent hair loss. Approximately 7% will experience total hair loss.

What should I do if I find a small patch of hairloss?

Talk to your G.P. who may monitor your condition or refer you to a dermatologist. You could try our concealing powders and creams for small patches or overall thinning too.

Who is affected?

Research suggests that at any one time, one in a thousand people may be affected, but over a lifetime the risk of experiencing alopecia areata can be as high as one or two per hundred.

Is there a cure for alopecia areata?

At present, there is no cure for alopecia areata, although the hair may return by itself. There are various creams on the market which attempt to stimulate the follicle to produce hair again and some dermatologists suggest cortisone injections.

Even though we have a resident trichologist and understand alopecia in its various forms, we advise you to see your G.P. or Dermatologist. We do not sell lotions or creams.

Is alopecia due to nerves?

No, it is not a nervous disorder. You have not caused alopecia. It is an illness and nothing to feel ashamed of.

Is there any support for dealing with alopecia?

Yes there are and it does help to talk and share with others in the same situation (see links page). It is possible to live a full active life with alopecia. Roches also run workshops and open days for people with alopecia. Email us at info@roches.ie if you would like to be updated on all our events.

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