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Beautician opens up about battle with alopecia


A beautician who lost all her hair to alopecia in just 12 weeks has spoken candidly about life with the incurable condition – revealing how strangers often see her bald head and assume she is being treated for cancer. Blessed with long, thick dark hair, when Zoe Patchett, 27, started shedding a few strands in October 2018 she gave it little thought. But by Christmas, fistfuls of hair were coming out when she washed it – leading to a diagnosis of alopecia in January 2019 – an incurable condition which sees the immune system mistakenly attack hair follicles.

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