A healthy head of lustrous hair is not just about looking good. Our ‘hair status’ is often intrinsically linked to how we feel about ourselves. There’s a notion that healthy, shiny and good-looking hair is part of what defines our attractiveness, sexuality and success.
While this is not actually true, the reality is that when our hair isn’t at its best, it can affect us in negative ways. We may feel less attractive and certainly far less confident. While a bad hair day is nothing major, female hair loss may be incredibly stressful, and it’s quite common, particularly as we age.
Hair loss and women
One perception that still lingers is that hair loss is something only men face. But this perception is inaccurate.
A paper published by the US National Library of Medicine concluded that less than 45% of women retain a full hair of hair through life.
Why it is so common?
There are a number of reasons that women develop hair loss or thinning. It may be due to a medical condition such as trichotillomania or polycystic ovary syndrome, or be a side effect of some medications or even menopause.
Hair commonly thins as we age, so even those blessed with healthy hair throughout life may still experience a change in hair appearance. According to the paper, female pattern hair loss (or androgenetic alopecia) is the most common cause of hair loss in women, and its prevalence increases with age - 12% of women develop some form of hair loss by age 29, 25% by age 49, 41% by 69, and over 50% by the age of 79.
Major ongoing stresses may also play a part in hair loss. But whatever the cause, the results are often the same. Women tend to feel less attractive, less confident and unfortunately, often less happy.
What can be done about female hair loss?
For women whose hair is not as thick or lustrous now as it once was, or those who are experiencing any form of female hair loss, it’s important to realise two things.
Firstly, as the statistics show, it’s very common and no one suffers alone. Secondly, there are a number of solutions available for hair loss and thinning. These range from laser therapy to hair-thickening powders, and human-hair wigs and hairpieces that look and feel perfectly natural.
If you’re experiencing issues with hair thinning or loss, and need advice on how to help improve your hair ‘status’, then contact us. We can guide you through the options to regain your head of healthy lustrous hair.