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As stated in a Sept 2009 issue of Nails Magazine  (by  Michelle Pratt) Alopecia Areata is a “emotional and often, life altering disease.”

For those who are not aware of this disease, let me give you a general overview.

Alopecia Areata is a auto immune disorder in which the immune system attacks the hair follicle, causing hair to fall out in patches. It can affect both men and women and approximatley 2% of Americans suffer from this disease.

image from Medical News Today

image from Medical News Today

It becomes emotional with the loss of hair, some times of the complete body. Known as Alopecia areata totalis.  No hair will grow any where. Including eyebrows, eyelashes, beards, as well as the scalp and body.

Overwhelming emotions that accompany loss of hair can be grief, anger, embarasment, or a feeling of lonliness. Any of which can lead to depression.

Thank goodness that very rarely, it may affect the nails of the person with Alopecia Areata.

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image from Logical Images Inc.

It may affect only one or two nails but may also affect all the nails on both hands and feet.

Although this disease is not contagious, and can be beautified, it is strongly suggested that you stay away from enhancements. As Alopecia Areata is unpredictable, the state of the natural nail may change without your knowledge. Which could lead to issues. The other thing to remember is that the client’s immune system is challenged and working very hard, so your client is more than likely very sensitive to products of all types.

I would definately have your client get the a-0kay from their doctor before moving forward with any type of service if they have the signs of Alopecia in their nails.

Following is a link to the article from Nails Magazine with more information on this crazy disease.

http://www.nailsmag.com/article/82124/what-is-alopecia-areata