What is Alopecia?
Alopecia is a general term used for hair loss; this can be a small bald patch on the head or the loss of all the hair over the entire body. It can affect men, women and children and the onset is often sudden, random and frequently recurrent.
There are different types of Alopecia. Alopecia Areata (AA) is understood to be an autoimmune condition. The immune system which normally protects the body from foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria, mistakenly attacks the hair follicles. This is what leads to hair loss.
Joanna and Alopecia
Joanna has had alopecia for as long as she can remember in the form of small bald patches as a child which would come and go. Aged 10 Joanna lost all her hair for the first time. It grew back briefly aged 16 and then again aged 19.
When Joanna is cycling she doesn't wear a wig although she chooses to wear a wig most of the time when not taking part in sport.
Joanna is often asked where she gets her wigs from and she is currently supplied a human hair wig by Aderans Hair Centre which was designed and moulded specifically for her.
Joanna is an ambassador for the charity Alopecia UK and hopes to inspire others with the condition to overcome their insecurites and not let it define them.
If you have Alopecia or know someone with the condition please see the Contact page to get in touch with Joanna.