It was a surreal moment to witness two of the world’s most famous personalities exchanging verbal jabs and unruly aggression. The incident started when comedian, Chris Rock, called out Jada Pickett Smith’s short hair style causing actor, Will Smith, to physically assault Chris Rock with an aggressive slap to the face. After the award’s ceremony, it was a frenzy to determine the root cause analysis to gain some understanding of the triggering components surrounding the event. The primary cause of the disagreement centered around Mrs. Pickett-Smith hair style which claims to be due to a medical condition. Mrs. Pickett-Smith claims to suffer from alopecia areata which affects almost 7 million in the U.S. Alopecia areata impacts all ages, sexes, and ethnic groups.
So, what is Alopecia Areata? First, Alopecia means bald. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, Areata means patchy and it can develop anywhere on the body from the scalp, beard, eyebrows, eyelashes, armpits, inside the nose, or ears. Alopecia causes 95% of hair loss cases in men, and about 40% in women, according to NYU Langone. Dr. Jerry Shapiro, MD, leading researcher on hair loss, states the typical scalp bears some 100K-150K hairs with 50- 100 hairs falling out daily during the normal growth cycle, but when the shedding outpaces the growth, alopecia results.
Hair loss can seem overwhelming to the sufferer. Events and situations like anxiety, depression, environmental factors, and stress which can trigger hair loss. However, research is not
completely definitive how these events impact hair loss and additional research is needed for
Thankfully, today patients have options in treating hair loss. Medical practitioners have inhibitors that can potentially aid, reverse, and treat hair loss. Researchers are studying inhibitors which can reawaken dormant hair follicles to encourage new growth. Also, the FDA has approved the first system treatment for Alopecia Areata.
Positively, today’s patients have choices when considering hair loss treatment remedies. Talk
with your medical provider about potential options for treating your hair loss. Hair loss does not have to hold you back from having the hair that you want.