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Alopecia Areata: The shame and embarrassment of this disease devastates the lives of too many women and girls when treatments do not work. Since 2007 Bald Girls Do Lunch has connected with over 3,000 to restore self-confidence and conquer isolation. With requests for meet-ups in every state and beyond the USA, Bald Girls is answering the plea for women to find others for community and support. From intimate groups to style workshops to restoring her looks, BGDL puts women on the track to normalcy and living well with this disease. Learn more...



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Lumigan is a hot topic – but not for AA, yet.

December 4th, 2008 by Chassin

 It was announced in a press release by Allergan Inc. on 12/3/08 that the drug Lumigan, currently approved to treat glaucoma, is close to FDA approval for cosmetic use as an eyelash growth enhancer for upper lashes – but don’t get excited if you have extensive loss due to AA. It had been discovered in clinical studies that a side effect in glaucoma patients was the growth of longer, darker and fuller lashes. The FDA posted a review of the drug on its Web site Wednesday ahead of a Friday review by an outside panel of medical experts. The advisory panel is being asked to vote on whether it thinks Latisse ( the proposed brand name) should be approved. The FDA usually follows its panels’ advice. If approved, the product would be the first FDA-approved product sold for eyelash enhancement.

Two pilot studies were done with alopecia areata volunteers at the  University of California San Francisco using Lumigan or Xalatan on patients with greater than 50 percent eyelash loss and concluded that it was not effective. No study has yet been done on AA patients with less than 50 percent loss. These pilot studies were a joint effort of the UCSF departments of dermatology and opthalmology with principal investigators Drs. Price and Stamper.

And as with all drugs, there will be risks and the potential for serious side effects in some people.

Click here for FDA briefing documents.



Where to buy wig accessories

November 25th, 2008 by Chassin

 wilshirewigs.com for accessories:wig tape, styro-heads, wig blocks, table clamps…all those little things that make a big difference.

Their wig tape selection alone has over 30 separate items. Most every wig tape I’ve used is also perfect for keeping clothing straps and necklines in place, not to mention the emergency hem repair. So keep a few in your wallet. Just like all those folks walking the Red Carpet….you, too, can look absolutely put together when your moving parts are taped in place with yards of wig tape. It’s true…and it works.

Eyelashes ($2.75); Duo Surgical Adhesive ( 1.2 oz ) ($11.50); Styrofoam heads ($4); large packs of double stick wig tape ($3.75); storage box plus styro-head($12). Have a very tiny head? Buy their canvas wig block in a child size. Have a long-haired wig? Wilshire has the long-necked heads.

They also have a custom workroom with ventilators who will resize your wig or add more hair even if you did not purchase from them.