It can certainly be a crushing experience. Staring in the bathroom mirror and noticing hair loss is never going to make anyone feel good. Be reassured that it is remarkably common however, among both men and women, and it may affect people of all ages. If you have noticed any degree of hair loss, then it is important to remember that you do have choices.
Step one – diagnosis of hair loss
It’s natural for us to lose hair every day but if you start noticing a significant increase in hair loss, either in patches or overall thinning, then it may be a good idea to visit your doctor. There are many possible reasons for women’s hair loss including stress, menopause and medical conditions such as alopecia and anaemia. A trip to the doctor may help determine what is actually happening so you are very clear on how best to proceed.
Step two – treatment to prevent further loss
Once you understand why you are experiencing hair loss, you may be able to seek treatment to try to prevent further loss. Depending on the cause, this might involve specialist consultation, medication and/or targeting lifestyle areas – such as stress or poor diet - that may be a contributing factor. Female hair thinning is not unusual as we age, and your doctor may be able to offer advice. Always feel free to ask plenty of questions so you are clear on all your options.
Step three – assessing the degree of hair loss
Hair loss can obviously vary significantly from one case to the next. Some people will notice that their centre part appears wider and there is an overall thinning or lanky look. Some might develop patchy ‘holes’ where the hair follicles have stopped producing new hairs. Others may have very significant loss over larger areas. The best solution for you should be a targeted one taking into account exactly what is happening in your case.
Step four – finding the right solution
We understand that whatever degree of hair loss you are experiencing, it can have a major impact on your life. Our hair is one of our most defining features so even the smallest loss may affect not just appearance, but our overall confidence. Thankfully, there are a range of solutions available these days that work to address specific problem areas. These include treatments for regrowth and hair restoration such as cosmetic hair thickener’s, natural hair wigs, hairpieces for women (we call them ‘toppettes’ and crown extensions) and hair integration systems.
The absolute bottom line is that there are solutions that may assist. So if you’re unhappy with the state of your hair, don’t be shy in taking steps to address your hair loss, improve your appearance and help regain your confidence.
Hair Loss Consultation is available in Sydney.