Kayla Martell was 11 years old when she first noticed a large clump of hair on her pillow. This scary experience led to her diagnosis of alopecia, a common autoimmune skin disease resulting in hair loss and led to her journey to the Miss America stage.
Martell’s lifelong dream had been to compete for Miss Delaware and ultimately Miss America.
Thanks to her hard work, diligence, inspiring people she met along the way and a natural-looking wig, Martell’s dream came true in 2010.
She was crowned Miss Delaware and was a runner up for Miss America 2011.
Currently, Martell is a broadcast communications college student and speaker and advocate for raising awareness of alopecia so those suffering don’t feel so ostracized.
People experiencing thinning hair or hair loss can meet Martell at Allusions in Montgomery on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m.
“We’re thrilled to host Kayla at our salon,” said Allusions owner and president Jeanne Sheldon. “Her inspirational story and warm personality help encourage others experiencing hair loss.”
Alopecia areata is a common autoimmune skin disease resulting in the loss of hair on the scalp and elsewhere on the body. It usually starts with one or more small, round, smooth patches on the scalp and can progress to total scalp hair loss or complete body hair loss. A diagnosis of alopecia can be emotionally devastating.
“Living with alopecia or other types of hair loss can be a roller coaster,” said Sheldon, “but we can help. Many of the Allusions clients – and even some of our staff – experience alopecia, so we have developed a real understanding of this condition and offer solutions and support.”
“I’ve literally become a poster child for this condition,” said Kayla Martell. “And it’s been a great thing – to inspire and to be inspired by others.”
According to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF), alopecia affects approximately two percent of the population overall including more than 6.5 million people in the United States alone and is very unpredictable. Hair can grow back in or fall out again at any time, and the disease course is different for each person.
While alopecia is so common, it often presents itself during childhood like it did with Martell, making it especially difficult, for the patient as well as the parent.
New clients can register for the Kayla Martell event by calling 513- 891-5411.
Allusions has been helping men and women with thinning hair and hair loss in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region for more than 25 years.
The Allusions team of nationally recognized hair loss restoration specialists can provide the facts about hair loss and provide clients with the most natural and suitable options tailored to their needs.
Whether its alopecia, chemotherapy, trichotillomania, genetics or another reason that’s causing hair loss, Allusions will discuss what’s happening and what can be done about it. Allusions can provide the most sophisticated and natural-looking extensions, wigs, pieces, grafts, transplants and more to get clients looking good and feeling great.
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