Sunday, September 7, 2008

September Is Alopecia Awareness Month

SARASOTA, FL -- 09/04/08 -- Alopecia is a poorly understood and under reported autoimmune condition which causes hair loss. It occurs in men and women of all ages but onset usually occurs during childhood, affecting 2% of the population. This condition begins as Alopecia Areata with small, round, bald patches on the scalp. The disease may progress to Alopecia Totalis (bald head) or Alopecia Universalis (total body hair loss). The cause is unknown and there is no cure. Alopecia is highly unpredictable, as hair loss and growth can occur at any time.

Susan Beausang, President of and fashion head scarf designer, has lived with AU (Alopecia Universalis) for the last seven years. She comes from three generations of breast cancer survivors, and carries the BRCA2 breast cancer gene. After having a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy (pre-vivor), she developed AU and lost her hair. Frustrated by the lack of fashionable and feminine options available to women and girls who are experiencing medical hair loss, Susan began designing a scarf known as 'The beaubeau(TM) -- Beautiful Scarves for Beautiful Heads.'

The beaubeau scarf is a fashionable alternative to wearing a wig. Susan believes that a beautiful outfit deserves an equally beautiful scarf, which is her reasoning for producing scarves in colors, prints, solids and designer fabrics. It is her mission to unite the world of fashion to medical head wear. Her scarf creatively combines fashion and function. The beaubeau is offered in a variety of fabrics including rayon, gorgeous silks, workout fabric and even fabrics for cooler temps such as a luscious combination of cashmere and cotton. Susan fondly names all of her scarves in her collection. All scarves come with a matching scrunchie, which allows a variety of styling options.

Please read the whole article from The Earth Times, for more information on Susan, on alopecia, and to view an embedded video. Also see more information from the National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF), including materials for Alopecia Awareness Month. For more information about Susan Beausang, and photos of the lovely beaubeau(TM), including a listing of boutiques which carry the beaubeau, please visit: Susan posted a similar personal blog post here:

See also: for US events for awareness month.

Also, in honor of September being Alopecia Awareness Month, for the whole month of September "Jus Shar Designs" (knitting and crochet blog) is going to give 15% off all hat orders and purchases. You can buy them here, or here.
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