Hair loss for women does not garner equal levels of awareness in comparison to men. However, it does affect over 8 million women in the UK alone. Hair loss may really affect a person’s confidence and so is a hard and taboo topic among women but should be talked about more. We are here to break the stigma around it, talk about what it really is and discuss how to cope with it.
Of course, there are different types of hair loss which means there are different reasons for it to occur.
Some of the main reasons are:
When it comes to hair loss many people would not expect the root cause of it to be genetics- which actually account for 90% of hair loss cases.
Within pregnancies, women are more likely to face hormonal imbalances and hair loss can happen as a result of this especially during post-birth; however, this can stabilise soon after and prevent further hair thinning or loss.
Unless your one of the lucky ones, many people face stress on a day-to-day basis and so it frequently contributes to a disrupted hair growth cycle or even hair falling out.
- Alopecia/ Chemotherapy
It is no secret that when ‘hair loss’ is mentioned we automatically think about chemotherapy. Click here to learn about 4 other main causes we have discussed previously.
How to cope with hair loss:
With hair loss becoming a more prevalent conversation within society, recently there have been more developments and solutions in tackling it. Some popular coping mechanisms are:
People’s first point of call may be to look for simple at home treatments they can do themselves. Whilst this could be an easier and cheaper solution, it is very much dependent on the situation and type of hair loss. There are also many types of ‘quick hair growth serums and sprays’ on the market which need to be explored with caution or avoided if possible. Hair growth cannot happen overnight. On average if used effectively it takes 4-6 weeks to see results. So find natural solutions and see what works for you!
Wigs/ Hair coverings
For some situations the NHS may be able to provide funding for wigs and synthetic hair pieces as natural hair grows back. Alternatively, you could choose to cover your head with trendy hats or scarves to add to your look.
As we have seen, hair loss can create a massive knock to a person’s confidence. By joining a support group, with everyone talking about one’s personal experience on overcoming, this will help build up that confidence back. You could even talk to family or friends who will be able to support you through the journey.
And finally no matter whether you chose to use natural solutions, transplants, cover up or get rid of remaining hair. Know that even if it isn’t easy, it is a natural process in life and should never define you- so embrace what else makes you wonderful.