I am newly diagnosed and I have a few questions that I hope someone can help me answer: Firstly, what nail problems are common with Alopecia Areata, and is there anything I can do about them? Then will hair colourants make my hair fall out faster? I am a teacher, so what should I tell my second grade students? I am not ashamed of Alopecia Areata but I am a really private person and do not want the whole parent body and their children discussing my auto-immune disorder. At least not until I have come to terms with it myself! Any advice would be very welcome.