Written by Charlotte Wood (last updated May 12, 2021)
You always hear about men losing their hair and oft times their insecurity about such an eventuality, but what about women? As women age, their hair does not remain as it once was either. Sometimes it just thins out and sometimes it can fall out all together. It is a common occurrence for men to lose their hair so basically they can cope, but how can women deal with this condition that can happen at any phase of life, not just old age? With female alopecia becoming more common, there are more solutions and more ways to help women deal with this frustrating and discouraging condition.
The first step in dealing with female hair loss is to understand it. Hair loss in men is unsurprisingly different than in women; the hair loss patterns are different and male hair loss is primarily caused by aging. Hormones, on the other hand, largely account for female hair loss. Often in women, hair loss occurs following childbirth or during a pregnancy; it can also be a symptom of polycystic ovary syndrome, which involves hormone imbalances. One of the reasons female hair loss can be such a frustration and even a traumatic experience is because for women, hair is so much a part of their physical identity. When that part of how they express themselves begins to be no longer available, they can tend to panic and become even more distressed.
The first thing to remember when treating female hair loss is to make sure you have the correct diagnosis. With an accurate assessment of the causes of your hair loss you can ensure the correct and effective treatment. There are medications you can take for hair loss that results from certain medical conditions and there are also false-hair solutions to consider. You can get hair "enhancements," if you will—supplements to your hair that thicken it and make it look fuller. If you go to a quality place, this hair will look genuine and will be able to be treated like real hair. If the hair loss is so significant and unable to be repaired naturally, wigs are another alternative. Especially in modern society, wigs are made so naturally and are more comfortable than they used to be. They can be a bit pricey, but if it remedies a seemingly hopeless situation, it might be something to consider!
Hair loss for women can be a trying experience, both emotionally and physically, but fortunately there are ways to deal with it. Once you understand more about the causes and the treatments, hopefully this will be easier to cope with and easier to defeat!
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