Hair loss in women in very rarely spoken of, despite estimates of 8 million women in the UK currently experiencing it.
It can be hard to notice at first, especially if your hair is long and likely to hide the areas beginning to thin. For this reason, some women can feel silly bringing it up and worry people will think they are making a fuss over nothing, especially if it’s initially hard to spot.
There are different types of hair loss, as well as different reasons for losing it. For example, it’s really common to experience hair loss after you’ve given birth; it happened to me after I had my daughter. Luckily, its usually only very temporary as it is due to the hormonal changes associated with pregnancy. This type of hair loss requires no action and eventually sorts itself out. Experimenting with different hairstyles can easily conceal it.
Unfortunately, some chemotherapy drugs can cause hair thinning or loss- if it’s going to happen, it will usually occur within the first few weeks of treatment. When chemotherapy is the cause of hair loss, the hair usually starts to grow back once the course is complete (or in the case of stronger drugs, a few months after).
Another very common, but more long-term type of hair loss is known as Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA). This type of hair loss is thought to be hereditary and affects men and women alike. It is the leading type of progressive hair loss and causes hair to thin to an almost transparent state.
So what can be done?
Firstly, learning to talk about it can help ease some of the stress you are feeling about losing your hair; a problem shared it a problem halved after all. It’s really important to address how your changing appearance is making you feel. Discussing it with a friend can open all kinds of unexplored avenues- they may even have experienced it themselves. Building a good support network can help you deal with the negative emotions that commonly accompany hair loss.
A trip to the hairdresser for some advice may help regain your confidence. Try phoning beforehand to explain the situation and discuss your expectations, this will help you feel relaxed when you arrive to your appointment. These days there are a lot of salons around that specialise in both hair styling and selling wigs, it might be beneficial to find out if there is one near where you live, if you don’t already have a regular salon.
If your hair loss is only getting worse and you are finding it increasingly difficult to disguise, it might be time to consider looking into the treatments available. It’s worth noting that despite common misconceptions, hair transplants are not just for men. Media coverage of hair transplants usually centres around men because they are more willing to discuss the subject.
Hair transplants are really advanced these days, with non-invasive, non-surgical options available. This means recovery is quick and complications are unlikely. These new types of hair transplants are know as ‘follicular unit extraction’ (or FUE) transplants and are even available on precision areas such as eyebrows. Although it’s a good idea to research the possibilities, it’s best to book a consultation before getting your heart set on a particular treatment.
Whichever path you choose to take, surround yourself with friends you can talk to. Break the silence today.