We have a guest post today on the little discussed, and even taboo, subject of female hair loss. This can be harder for women to deal with than for men, largely because of the more positive attitude to male pattern baldness that has evolved in recent years.
Hair loss is a condition that people usually associate with men. However, it occurs in women too and it’s more common than you may think. In fact, it is estimated that around half of women over the age of 65 suffer from female pattern baldness, and younger women can be affected as well. While not usually a cause for concern in terms of overall health, it can have an adverse emotional impact and cause you to be unhappy with your appearance and have low self-confidence. Luckily, there are plenty of tips that you can follow to help you cope with hair loss - and here are just a few.
Take advantage of a medical treatment
A popular treatment for female pattern baldness is Regaine, which contains the active ingredient minoxidil. Regaine for women is used to treat thinning hair on the top of the head and is designed for women who have a family history of female pattern hair loss. The medicine comes in the form of a lotion that is rubbed onto the scalp daily to prevent or slow down balding and it can sometimes even cause hair regrowth. However, it’s important to bear in mind that it may take several months to see positive results. The treatment also tends to be more effective if it is started early on in the hair thinning process.
Investigate other options
Many women who experience hair loss choose to use wigs, hair extensions, hats or scarves to cover up bald patches or areas of thinning hair. If you have hair loss that is the result of an illness, or you have lost more than half of your hair, you may be able to get a wig from the NHS. Having a different hairstyle can also help to cover up thinning hair, and there are numerous hair care products available that are designed to make tresses appear thicker.
Accept your hair loss
There’s no denying that accepting hair loss can be difficult, but getting used to your altered appearance can make it much easier to cope with in the long run. Remember that thinning hair is often a natural part of the ageing process, any many women choose not to cover it up. Discussing your concerns with friends and family can help you to come to terms with it.
Know when to see a GP
There are many ways to treat hair loss, and your best bet is to speak to a GP so they can determine what the cause is. You should always seek medical help if you experience sudden, unexplained hair loss, have problems with blood pressure, an irritated or painful scalp or suffer from heart disease or circulation disorders. These symptoms might be a sign that there is a more serious underlying condition that is causing your hair to fall out.