Hair Loss in Women: There is Hope!
Finding more and more hairs left in your brush every morning is never a good feeling. Over time, you may start to see your scalp peeking out from between the remaining hairs, or develop a completely bald spot altogether.
If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer and prescribed chemotherapy treatment, you may be expecting the hair loss. However nothing can quite prepare you for when your crowning glory actually does begin to fall out in chunks; or when your eyebrows begin to disappear.
Hair loss is never an easy condition to deal with but it can be especially traumatizing for women. Our hair is an integral part of our identity; it often defines who we are.
Whether related to the natural aging process, an illness such as Alopecia Areata or a specific treatment like radiation it can have devastating effects. If not properly processed the resulting emotions can lead to deep depression. However, there is hope!
If unknown, the first step is to determine the cause of your hair loss. A visit to a qualified healthcare professional will not only rule out any potentially dangerous underlying causes but also help clarify whether your hair loss is temporary or permanent.
Hair loss can lead to the following emotional effects, particularly in women:
So what are the emotional effects of hair loss in women?
- Deep concern over aging. Unconsciously, we recognize our hair as a symbol of youth. Losing it dredges up profound worries over the aging process.
- Unhappiness with our appearance. A different hairline and changes in hair can really change a person’s appearance, sometimes for the worse. Seeing this change as negative can affect a woman’s self-worth.
- Reduced self-esteem. The way we look is a vital element of how we feel about ourselves.
- Drastic loss of confidence. Hair loss can easily make women feel so bad about themselves that they lose their normal levels of confidence, particularly in social situations.
- Feelings of envy. Seeing another woman’s full head of hair when you’re losing your own can lead to those uncomfortable, unproductive feelings of jealousy.
- Depression and isolation. If not properly addressed, the negative feelings related to hair loss can eventually lead to a deep depression and isolation from the outside world.
If you are suffering from any of these feelings, please be assured that you are not alone. But, you should also make a conscious effort to reach out for help at this time.
Consider professional therapy or counseling; if you don’t feel comfortable discussing these issues with friends or family, try an online forum or support group.
Then there are the practical ways to deal with your hair loss- these can really go a long way in making you feel better. They might sound shallow but they are natural mood boosters!
- Shop for a hair piece. If your hair loss is focused in one place, such as the crown or the front section you may be able to easily make do with a clip in hair piece to disguise it.
- Go for a full wig. Human hair wigs in particular can look extremely natural. Do take the time to have a professional wig fitting if at all possible- it will help you determine the best wigs for your needs.
- Play with scarves and hats. Even celebrities go for this look. You can learn to tie a stylish turban, rock the latest hats and even pair them together to create your own look. The bonus is that they also keep your head warm.
Perhaps most importantly, if you’re experiencing hair loss, remember that you are not alone. Millions of women around the world have similar issues- by confronting your feelings head on you’ll have a better chance of coping with your condition and dealing with it in the best possible way.
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