British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) The British Association of Dermatologists is the central and long-established association of practising UK dermatologists, it aims to continually improve the treatment and understanding of skin disease. BAD has also developed a separate Skin Support website which is designed as a hub to provide a wealth of information on various skin conditions, self-help materials and support services.
British Skin Foundation The British Skin Foundation exists solely for the purpose of supporting research into skin disease. Working closely with patient support groups (including Alopecia UK) as well as many of the country's leading dermatology departments, the Foundation aims to help the 7 million people in the UK who suffer with a serious skin condition.
Centre for Skin Sciences The Centre for Skin Sciences, based at Bradford University, is a leading UK centre of expertise in the skin and hair sciences working closely with the health and personal care sectors.
Changing Faces Changing Faces is a charity aimed at helping people face disfigurement with confidence. While the site itself doesn't have anything specific to alopecia, a lot of the general information is very relevant. The site is easy to use and has a good range of links including self-help guides on coping and resources for parents.
Little Princess Trust The Little Princess Trust provides real-hair wigs, free of charge, to children suffering with hair loss. As well as providing human-hair wigs to boys and girls with cancer, Little Princess Trust will also provide human-hair wigs to children (under 18) with alopecia. Please note Little Princess Trust can only provide one wig per child with alopecia.
My New Hair My New Hair is a charity founded by hairdresser, Trevor Sorbie MBE. They support a network of independent salons and professionals who provide a wig styling service for people with medical hair loss.
Autoimmune Alopecia Research UK (AAR-UK) AAR-UK is a Scottish Council Incorporated Organisation focussed on raising money to fund future research projects for a potential cure or treatment plan to manage Autoimmune Alopecia.
Support and advice
Alopecia Help and Advice (Scotland) A locally based charity setting out to help people suffering from Alopecia Areata. It was set up by the mothers of two girls with AA who live in Grangemouth and Edinburgh.
BeBold A community interest company (CIC) based in the North East with a vision to help build confidence and self esteem in children and adults who suffer from alopecia.
Counselling Directory A confidential service that encourages those in distress to seek help. The directory contains information on many different types of distress, as well as articles, news, and events. To ensure the professionalism of our website, all counsellors have provided us with qualifications and insurance cover or proof of membership with a professional body.
Samaritans A charity which provides a helpline for people to talk at any time of day, in their own way, and off the record, about whatever's getting to them.
Wig Bank People donate their no longer needed wigs to the Wig Bank. The wigs are washed, conditioned and disinfected and sold to ladies that need them for £20. £5 from each sale goes to a cancer charity. Wig Bank has branches across the UK and details can be found on their website.
Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisors The cancer support charity Macmillan has a partnership with high street chemist Boots. The partnership has trained people to specifically to give advice on how to disguise the effects of hair loss. They can show you how to draw eyebrows, create the illusion of eyelashes and how to enhance facial features. Alopecia UK has spoken with Macmillan who have confirmed that people with alopecia are very welcome to seek the advice of the Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisors. The service is not restricted to those undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Not all Boots stores have a Boots Macmillan Beauty Advisor. You need to check out their website to find your nearest one.
Hypnotherapy Directory This directory allows individuals to search for hypnotherapy services in the UK. Currently there are no UK laws that stipulate the level of training required for someone to practice as a hypnotherapist. The practitioners on the Hypnotherapy Directory are taken through a verification process and only those who have provided copies of relevant qualifications and insurance cover, or proof of membership with an industry professional body will be listed.
Karena Moore-Millar has designed interactive workshops to raise awareness through product design and fun! Entitled 'Heads up!', the workshops evolved from Karena's PhD research at the University of Strathclyde, looking at wig technologies for people with medical hair loss. The workshops encourage team work and explore feelings associated with alopecia.
Sue Hampton is an Alopecia UK ambassador and has been to over 300 schools as an author, to run writing workshops and to take assemblies on alopecia, difference, individuality and respect - and the power of stories. Sue is keen to support young people with hair loss and has written a novel about alopecia, The Waterhouse Girl. You can read more about Sue's own experience with alopecia here.
National Alopecia Areata Foundation A very good site with extensive information for people suffering from alopecia. The site is American and subsequently some parts are more useful for people living in the USA. However they will send information to the UK but in order to join you need a membership fee in dollars.
Alopecia Areata Support Association The AASA is an Australian voluntary group established to provide information and support for people with alopecia (areata, totalis or universalis), and their family and friends.
Bald Girls Do Lunch Bald Girls Do Lunch is an American non profit organisation working with women and teen girls with all types of alopecia areata. They have a popular blog.
Canadian Alopecia Areata Foundation CANAAF is a Canadian body that offers a support network in Canada. CANAAF promote and support current research and increase awareness of the condition.
Childrens Alopecia Project (CAP) CAP is an American organisation devoted specifically to children living with all forms of alopecia. Each year they run Alopeciapalooza, a camp for children with alopecia.
Cicatricial Alopecia Research Foundation A site for people with Cicatrical (scarring) alopecia. This is an excellent US-based organisation which raises money for research into this rare form of alopecia.
World Alopecia Community, Inc The focus of World Alopecia Community, Inc is to enhance the overall well-being of those affected by all forms of alopecia, through evidence-based education, wellness activities and community support.