What is alopecia?

Rep. Ayanna Pressley bravely opened up about her alopecia, a condition that affects 7 million Americans but that many hide.

The most common form of hair loss

What is alopecia?

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder in which the body's immune system attacks the hair follicles. It results in the loss of hair on the scalp or other part of the body. The condition can affect anyone regardless of age, gender and race. 50% of black women experience some form of hair loss according to John Hopkins University research. Some cases of alopecia can be associated with stress, shock and bereavement according to Harper’s Bazaar magazine.

Self-acceptance of hair-loss

“Some people will notice a widened part and then patients that have acute hair loss can have redness itching or pain in the scalp sometimes tenderness. Treatment options can span from watchful waiting for your immune system or for your level of stress to improve or can go all the way to systemic oral treatment that suppress your immune system. Hair regrowth depends on the type of alopecia you have. So, a non-scarring alopecia does grow back. It does take time hair grows very very slowly”, Dermatologist Mary-Margaret Noland tells Brut. “There are many types of hair loss or alopecia. In dermatology we classify them into either scarring, which means you’ve lost some follicles, and damage to scalp so hair doesn’t grow back. Or you can have non-scarring alopecia where hair is thinned with time or you’re getting too much shedding”, Dermatologist Dr. Chere Lucas Anthony tells Brut.

Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA.) just revealed she has alopecia to The Root

Nearly 7 million Americans and 147 million people worldwide have alopecia based on data from the National Alopecia Areata Foundation. Other celebrities haver revealed their own alopecia like Neve Campbell, Viola Davis, Christopher Reeves, and Tyra Banks. Jada Pinkett-Smith discussed it in her Facebook series, Red Table Talk. There is no permanent cure for alopecia areata but a series of corticosteroid injections can treat the disorder.


01/18/2020 12:43 AMupdated: 01/29/2020 7:28 PM


  • Augustine L.
    08/08/2020 17:45

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  • Mmoloki T.
    06/18/2020 08:45


  • Christine T.
    05/10/2020 10:32 Please share

  • Tiffany Y.
    03/01/2020 04:04

    Informative 💜

  • Paul J.
    03/01/2020 02:50

    She looks like Steve Harvey without the mustache😂😂😂

  • Lucille A.
    03/01/2020 00:43

    You are BEAUTIFUL even w/out HAIR....God Bless You

  • MP B.
    02/29/2020 21:10

    Ohhh so brave... So You're bald! Big woop. Alopecia affects millions and millions of people around the world...

  • Ella R.
    02/29/2020 15:50

    Androgenic Alopecian here. I was devastated when I started losing my hair, then I realized my hair was just and it was the same hair everyday my whole life. I choose to buzz it weekly. If I want hair, I wear different styles/colors on the daily. My only regret is not letting go sooner! For those saying who cares-it is not an easy task being a woman with no hair. Its socially acceptable for men but only starting to be accepted for women. She is very brave!

  • Henry W.
    02/29/2020 01:09

    Bald is sexy idc what anyway says lol

  • Stacy F.
    02/28/2020 19:21

    Astounding bravery & courage shown, ladies!

  • Cody M.
    02/28/2020 17:39

    But how does this relate to her job? How does this ensure that we as a nation have more freedom. More liberty and less intervention into our everyday lives. Personal narratives are just that, personal.

  • Kim S.
    02/27/2020 18:01

    A series of shots can also not help.There are other forms of alopecia that causes all hair on the body to totally fall out and never come back.., I appreciate shedding light on the subject this is a very poorly done video

  • Tívon L.
    02/22/2020 08:18

    I had infant alopecia when I was a baby

  • Diana N.
    02/22/2020 03:42

    see if you find this info useful

  • Sherry A.
    02/22/2020 01:20

    Story of my life

  • Rama L.
    02/20/2020 21:59

    Too bad - I understand they have successful treatments in Israel.

  • Deborah M.
    02/16/2020 14:42

    Let’s have a hair lost luncheon I’m not ashame any more

  • Annette L.
    02/16/2020 07:59

    POWERFUL! 💪🏽 GOD BLESS! ✨🙌🏾✨

  • Annette L.
    02/16/2020 07:57


  • Annette L.
    02/16/2020 05:36

    GOD BLESS YOU! ✨🙏🏾✨

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