Losing hair can be distressing enough for men, but as a woman thinning tresses are even more difficult to deal with. If you’re starting to lose your locks, you might feel as though your feminine identity is under threat. Because of the impact this issue can have on self-esteem, it’s important to ensure you understand why it’s happening and what you can do about it. Whether you plan to accept your changing looks or you want to seek treatment, it’s useful to research and discuss your options.
Understand what’s causing it
Hair loss can happen for a number of different reasons. The most common cause of thinning locks among women is female-pattern baldness. This condition affects around half of women aged over 65 and it’s thought to be genetic. Another form of hair loss is telogen effluvium. This can be brought about by intense emotional or physical stress, illnesses or certain medicines. It can also be caused by crash dieting.
Looking at your treatment options
Finding out what’s causing your hair to fall out can help you to treat the problem. If you think you’re experiencing telogen effluvium, you won’t have to take any action. In these cases, hair usually stops falling out and begins to regrow within six months, so it could just be a chance of playing the waiting game. However, if you believe your condition is caused by female-pattern baldness, you might benefit from using a lotion containing minoxidil. These treatments can help to slow or even reverse the hair loss process and up to a quarter of the women who use them see some regrowth. The treatments can start having positive effects after 12 weeks, but it may take a year for them to take full effect.
One popular product that contains this active ingredient is Regaine for Women. It should be applied directly to the scalp twice a day, with a 12-hour gap between doses. You can find out more about minoxidil treatments by speaking to your doctor or visiting a specialist website.
Dealing with the psychological impact
Opening up about your hair loss may be hard at first, but it could help you to cope. Sharing stories with people online or in support groups will show you you’re not alone and it could give you a better perspective on your problem. Sharing your worries with loved ones can help too, and if you think it’s affecting your relationship with your partner, you could try going to couples counselling.
Talking about your hair loss might also help you to come to terms with your changing looks. One top tip to help you achieve this is to make a list of your good qualities and focus more of your attention on these attributes.
It can be an uncomfortable subject to address, but discussing hair loss should make it easier to establish the cause especially if you discuss it with your GP, find suitable treatments or simply accept and embrace your appearance.
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