More than 20 kids and adults (ranging from ages 7 to 50) with Alopecia, an autoimmune disorder that attacks the hair follicles causing hair loss and leads to severe bullying and very high rates of teen suicide, enjoyed a spa day in La Jolla last weekend. During their salon and spa day they were taught how to tie and wear scarves and hats (for the guys), and have their wigs cut and styled to best frame their faces. They also received facials, manicures and pedicures. A make up artist also was on hand to teach them how to draw on eyebrows, a key facial feature that is lost with hair loss.
The event was created and sponsored by the Junior League of San Diego and hosted by KODA Salon located in the heart of La Jolla.
“Most of the those afflicted with Alopecia either lose all of their hair all over their bodies or clumps of it at a time. As a result, most wear wigs or scarves to hide it,” explained KODA Salon Owner Cheng Tan. “We were thrilled to participated in this event to help these individuals learn to celebrate their beauty whether they choose to wear a scarf, hat, wig or celebrate their baldness.”
According to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, many young kids afflicted have such hard times in high school with bullying, the suicide rate is astronomical among teens, and the health hazards of not having hair inside the nose and other parts of the body cause sickness. In San Diego alone there are almost 30,000 cases of Alopecia. In fact, the San Diego chapter is so large it even assists cancer patients who lose all of their hair. The event was sponsored by The Junior League of San Diego.