There are many triggers that can result in hair loss, whether it be temporary or permanent. Then there is the menace of genetically inherited female pattern hair loss that will affect over half of us during our lifetime. So with millions of women affected at any one time, what can be done to help those coping with female hair loss? We look closer.
Hair Loss For Women
Over half of us will experience hair loss during our lifetime. So coping with female hair loss is a strategy the majority will have to learn. We are referring specifically here to female pattern hair loss. That form of hair loss that we inherit from our parents. It can start in your teens but the majority of us will have noticed some thinning by the time we hit our thirties. This sort of hair loss typically presents as a general thinning across the top of the head leaving the hairline itself intact.
But inherited hair loss is far from the whole story. Other triggers for hair loss can include some everyday events. Pregnancy, or rather the months following pregnancy, will almost invariably be followed by a period of excessive shedding. Traumatic events, illness, and medication can all be responsible for hair loss. Then there is chemotherapy, where the toxic chemicals used can remove some, much or all of our scalp hair. While this is usually a temporary state of affairs, there is a case presently going through the courts in the USA on behalf of women that have suffered permanently. Pollution, according to a recent study, has also been identified as a hair loss cause. One that is playing a part in the ever-growing numbers of women reporting hair loss.
Coping With Female Hair Loss
However your hair loss occurred, you are going to need some strategies to cope. Whether it is temporary or permanent you are going to need to accept it and learn to live with your new appearance. Some, with strong self-esteem and personality, will simply style differently and move on. Others will need to take a more considered approach to their emotional wellbeing.
Women have access to an FDA approved hair loss drug, minoxidil, which helps many. It can slow or even stop hair loss and, for some, improve the situation. Beyond minoxidil, there have never been so many options. To identify
Accept the situation:
You might start, given the damage to self-esteem, by compiling a list of your qualities. Celebrate your strengths and focus on those qualities.
Talk it through: Do not keep it to yourself. Discuss the problem with friends and family. You might be surprised at how many of them have their own experiences to share. If it is affecting the relationship with your partner you might consider therapy or counselling as a couple.
Hair extensions can help mask modest hair loss. If the loss is more extensive you might consider a wig. If your hair loss is associated with chemotherapy, and the loss is greater than 50%, the NHS might provide a free wig. Hats and scarves are always an option.
Hair cells are among the fastest-growing cells in the body. But if you are waiting for hair to regrow after a bout of hair loss it will feel glacially slow. Patience is the key. Avoid the temptation to go for a miracle cure you found on the internet, it will not help. Stick to professional advice from a doctor, dermatologist or trichologist. Remember, while a trichologist may not have the breadth of knowledge that the first two offer, they are specialised experts on the scalp and hair.
The Hair Ambulance
Hair loss is never welcome, but it affects us all differently. Living with hair loss can be all-consuming for some. It isn’t easy but accepting it is the key, and doing something about it can make all the difference to how you feel.
If you are struggling then it is possible to meet with other sufferers, which many find to be a great help. Find your local Alopecia UK support group here.
The Hair Ambulance brings world-leading hair loss solutions to your door. Hair loss is no longer inevitable. Use the contact form here to either arrange a home visit or book a consultation at one of our private hair loss clinics. Early intervention is a necessity. Do not delay if you are concerned about your hair loss.