When one talks about hair loss, we tend to think of a middle-aged man with a receding hairline or perhaps a true ‘bald patch’. Hair loss in women may be less well advertised, but it does happen (there is said to be around eight million cases in the UK), so it is probably much more common than you think. Unlike with men, women’s hair loss can occur all over the head, at the center parting or the crown. There is not normally a receding hairline.
Hair Loss Facts And Causes
Women’s hair loss can happen for a number of reasons. These include hormonal changes (after childbirth, due to PCOS or during the menopause); alopecia (a medical condition which can occur at any time of life); thyroid problems, or during chemotherapy treatments. There can be a number of other medical reasons. Hair loss can even occur due to stress or because of any medication, you may be taking. This is known as telogen effluvium.
What Can I Do?
Hair loss in both men and women can be distressing and can make you feel as if you are losing your identity: a part of you, in fact. Everyone experiences a small amount of hair loss, every day, but if you are afraid that your hair loss is excessive or abnormal, the first thing you must do is consult your GP. They will be able to rule out certain problems and take steps to identify the cause of your hair loss.
In most cases, the hair will grow back once the problem has been identified and treated. There are methods and procedures which may help. Some of these are laser treatments (you can buy handheld laser devices but it is best to go to a therapist or trained hairdresser), hair extensions, and hair transplants.
There are even ranges of hair thickening hair products that may help in some cases. If your hair is thin, have a chat with your hairdresser as she will be able to give you advice on the best style to disguise and make the most of your hair. If your hair loss covers a more significant area of your scalp, you could look into getting a hairpiece, a weave, or a good quality wig.
So hair loss, although shocking and upsetting, need not be as serious as you fear and it is most certainly not the end of the world.