How to Cover Up Alopecia Areata

Updated April 17, 2017

Alopecia areata affects more than 4.7 million Americans according to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune skin disease that affects both men and women. It results in the loss of hair on the scalp and can eventually lead to total body hair loss. Alopecia areata can cause drastic changes in appearance that can cause embarrassment, anger, guilt and depression. While there is no cure for this condition, there are steps you can take in order to cover up the effects of alopecia areata.

Invest in multiple hats, wigs and scarves. Covering your head can help to conceal hair loss as well as protect your head from weather ailments.

Use fake eyelashes. If alopecia areata results in eyelash loss, purchase fake sets from a beauty supply store. Many fake eyelashes look like natural eyelashes.

Apply eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil or eye liner. Take an old picture of yourself and draw your eyebrows on to mimic that of the way they used to look.

Visit a make-up counter in a department store. If you are unsure how to apply make-up to your eyebrows or how to apply fake eyelashes, an associate can help determine the best colours and way to apply make-up in a natural way.

Wear sunglasses. Using sunglasses when outside can help to protect your eyes from sun and environmental factors if alopecia areata affects your eyelashes.

Make an appointment with your physician. According to the Cleveland Clinic, many cases of alopecia can be treated. This may lead to hair regrowth. Corticosteroid injections, Rogaine and Psoriatec can be used to to treat this condition. Results are usually gradual and the treatments may take up to 12 weeks to work.


If you suffer for alopecia areata, try to reduce stress in your life. Alopecia areata often becomes more of a problem during stressful times in your life including work, school, family problems and other medical conditions.


Alopecia areata is an unpredictable condition. Your lost hair may grow back, but it also is likely to fall out again.

Things You'll Need

  • Wigs
  • Scarves
  • Hats
  • Fake eyelashes
  • Eyebrow pencil
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Michelle Zehr started writing professionally in 2009. She has written on health, fitness, fashion, interior design, home decorating,sports and finance for several websites. Zehr possesses a Bachelor of Arts in communication from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Arts in professional writing from Chatham University and a graduate certificate in health promotion from California University of Pennsylvania.