Hair loss is most commonly associated with men, but it affects a lot of women too. Whether it’s caused by the natural ageing process, pregnancy, illness, trauma or a hereditary condition, losing your hair as a woman can be extremely distressing. It can make you feel self-conscious about your looks, lead to low self-esteem and have a negative impact on your day to day life. The good news is, there are plenty of self-help tips that can make it easier to cope with your altered appearance. If you’re struggling to come to terms with your hair loss, this simple guide should help.
Find out what treatments are available
While hair loss does not necessarily need treating, many women find that it helps them to feel more at ease with their appearance. One of the most effective hair loss treatments for women is a lotion that contains minoxidil, commonly known under the brand name Regaine for Women. Designed to be used for female pattern baldness, the treatment has been proven to prevent or delay the hair thinning process and in some cases has led to hair regrowth. However, it’s important to bear in mind that the lotion will need to be used continually for several months to see positive results.
Many women also chose to cover up bald patches or thinning hair with extensions, weaves, head scarves, wigs or by having a different hairstyle.
Address the emotional impact
As well as using treatments, it can be beneficial to address the psychological effects of losing your hair. Because of the social stigma attached to hair loss, you may feel that you are less attractive and that you have lost your femininity, youthful looks and sense of personal style. For many women, this can be a traumatic experience – but it doesn’t have to be. While it’s not an easy task, learning to live with your changed appearance and coming to terms with what has happened can help make life a lot more enjoyable. Allow yourself to feel down or upset about your hair loss and then try to take a proactive approach to helping yourself cope better.
Get support from others
One the best ways to overcome the emotional impact of hair loss is to seek support. Talk to your friends and family, speak to others who are going through the same thing in support groups and online forums and discuss your concerns with your doctor if it is having a detrimental impact on your daily life. If it is causing problems within your relationship, going to couples counselling and talking about your feelings can also help.
There’s no denying that losing hair can be challenging for women. However, by taking advantage of the treatments available, learning to come to terms with the changes in your appearance and seeking support from others, you should be able to regain your confidence and lead a more enjoyable life.