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  • Hair Loss: What You Need to Know about Alopecia Areata

    It affects children and can develop in utero
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  • What are its symptoms?

    Alopecia areata is generally asymptomatic – the patient is often unaware of his bald patches because there are no symptoms like pain or itching -- although some complain of a tingling sensation before a patch appears. “Suddenly, it appears—shiny, bald patches on the scalp, or it can appear in any other part of the body,” says Dr. Mallari. “[These bald patches] can [also] appear on the arm or on the legs.”

    Can it develop during pregnancy?


    “There are some who have abnormalities of the nails [and] hair, and some people who have defects in the teeth, because while the baby is in the womb, the hair, the skin, the nails and the teeth all develop together,” adds Dr. Mallari. 

    How can it be treated?

    “There are a number of treatments and products for different types of alopecia, depending on the case,” says “It is important that the affected individual seek help from an expert so that the condition can be evaluated and proper advice can be given,” said Mallari.


    Among the products available in the market today is Novuhair, a product of line that includes a shampoo, conditioner, and a topical solution. Novuhair is made from all-natural ingredients, including moringa oleifera, panax ginseng, virgin coconut oil, as well as the essential oils of rosemary, peppermint and lavender. Collectively, these ingredients help improve blood circulation and increase nutrient flow to the scalp. This stimulates hair growth and aids in the prevention of excessive hair fall. It also alleviates scalp itching and prevents hair-graying, ultimately improving the overall health and appearance of the scalp and hair.

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    Just recently, Novuhair introduced its newest endorser, singer-songwriter Abby Asistio.

    Growing up with alopecia

    Abby Asistio knows how it is like to live without hair. She has suffered from alopecia areata since age 5, and until recently, has lived bald under wigs, hats and bandanas. 

    Abby lived through the entire process of experiencing hair fall: losing it little by little, even with the use of other hair loss remedies from the U.S., and then deciding to shave it all completely. 


    She was just starting to finally embrace her “baldness” when, upon prodding from family and friends, Abby decided to give Novuhair a try. She experienced remarkable results in just a few months of regular use. 

    Abby Asistio

    “It was the first time since I was diagnosed with the disease that I actually saw hair growing on my scalp,” remarked Abby. “I have found my purpose and hope I can continue to inspire others with my story and music.  I realize now that more than a disease, I have been given a gift to impart my testimony. Indeed, one must never give up hope.” 


    For more information on Novuhair, visit its Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/NovuhairOfficial

    Next story: Lauat: The Natural Remedy to Falling Hair 

    Main photo from gladchildhood.blogspot.com

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