Meeting and talking to other people in the same situation as ourselves can be a valuable experience. A great way to do this is by attending an Alopecia UK support group or an event meeting.
The support group leads are people who have personal experience of alopecia areata and along with members of the support group can help to give insight and advice on living and dealing with alopecia areata on a day to day basis. Support group leads are not professional counsellors and meetings are to help individuals cope with the changing aspects of alopecia on a practical level.
This is a voluntarily run service, which at times, may hold their meetings in salons or at suppliers venues to benefit from free room hire. Whilst Alopecia UK does not endorse or recommend products, there may be instances when support group leads invite suppliers to give informative talks. If a supplier is in attendance the aim will be to educate, inform and offer advice rather than offering goods for sale.
Alopecia UK has a supplier directory where the companies listed have paid to be included. This payment covers the costs of maintaining the directory and supports the work of Alopecia UK, as well as, sometimes, offering members a discount.
Existing groups are shown in the menu on the left - listed according to their location. Alternatively, you could consider setting up a new support group in your area and becoming a support group leader.
Alopecia UK always recommends contacting your GP or dermatologist prior to commencing or ceasing any treatments or medication for your alopecia.