Losing your hair can be very hard for women, but there are some ways to cope. Losing your hair, especially as a young woman, or when you’re at a vulnerable time, can badly hit your confidence. Hair loss, medically known as alopecia, is more common than most women know. Around 40% of women over 70 years old will experience female-pattern baldness.
Different Types Of Hair Loss
There are several different kinds of hair loss. It can happen as thinning hair or a total loss of hair. It can be gradual, or sudden, and can affect anyone at any age. Hair loss can be genetic, or as a result of stress, a medical condition, or treatment.
Hair Loss Treatments
It can help to address the physical side of hair loss. Try to find out everything that you can about hair loss and what treatment options might be available to you. Look for helpful information for inspiration, such as looking at celebrities that have had hair transplants so you don’t feel so alone. A proven treatment for female-pattern baldness is a hair lotion that contains minoxidil. Many women see an improvement from using this, whether it slows or stops your balding. Speak to your GP or dermatologist for advice before you start any treatments for hair loss.
Ways To Cope With Hair Loss
Address the impact hair loss has on the way you feel too. If you’ve lost your hair, even temporarily, life will be better if you can accept what has happened and learn to live with your new appearance. Here are some useful ideas:
- Join a support group. There are groups where you can meet and socialize with other women experiencing hair loss.
- Accept it. Try to come to terms with your hair loss. Make a list of all your good qualities and focus on celebrating those instead.
- Talk about it. Talk about your hair loss with your friends, family, and other loved ones. Start talking about it early on. Let them know how you feel about what is happening to you, and what kind of support you need from them to help you. If your hair loss is having an effect on your relationship with your partner, couples counseling or therapy might be able to help.
- Cover up. You can disguise your hair loss with options like wigs, hair extensions, scarves, and makeup. Try a few options until you find what works best for you. You might find that you prefer not to cover up at all after all.
- Be patient. Hair loss in women is often temporary, such as after pregnancy or medical treatment. However, regrowing your hair can be unpredictable and can take a long time to grow in evenly. Be patient, and try to keep in mind that your new hair might be of a different texture and color than what you had before.
- Avoid miracle cures. Don’t be fooled by claims made by wonder products. There are no miracle cures for female-pattern baldness.
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