Coping with female hair loss

 

Hair loss, or to give it its medical name, alopecia, can occur in women for a number of reasons. There are several different types of alopecia with symptoms ranging from patchy hair loss anywhere on the body to total hair loss on the scalp and/or body. 

Some types of cancer treatment, including chemotherapy, can cause the hair to thin and fall out in some people.  Hormonal changes, for example during pregnancy, as well as intense emotional and physical stress such as childbirth and long-term illness can also cause hair to thin and fall out in some women.

According to NHS statistics there are an estimated 8 million women in the UK suffering from some form of hair loss, so the important thing to remember is that you’re not alone in this. Whether your hair loss is permanent or temporary, patchy or complete, rest assured that there are methods out there designed to help you to cope. 

Talk About It

In our modern digital age the internet makes it much easier to find people that are in the same situation as ourselves. There are plenty of online forums where you can share your story and read other people’s experiences and how they’ve coped with their hair loss. There are various support groups throughout the UK too, check out the Alopecia UK page for more information and to find one near you.

A lot of women suffering from hair loss find that talking with friends and family about their situation as early as possible has helped them to cope. Your friends and family are probably more scared about what’s happening than you are! They love you and it’s only natural that they’ll be worried about you, so be open and honest with them about how you are feeling and what they can do to help you.

Don’t Stress Out

Losing your hair, whether it’s due to chemotherapy, intense stress, hormonal changes, or an unknown reason is incredibly difficult to come to terms with. For many women their hair is one of the main things that makes them feel feminine and sexy, even on a bad hair day, so losing it can feel like you’re losing your identity.

The chances are that your hair will grow back naturally when it is ready, but until that point it’s important to try to accept it and come to terms with it. Try making a list of all of your good qualities and attributes, and focus on anything good that is happening in your life. Ask your friends and family to help you make this list, they’re there to support you and remind you of the good things in life.

Deal With Other People’s Reactions

Once you’ve come to terms with your own hair loss the next step is to deal with the reactions of others. Strangers in the street will stare at you, some may even be brave enough to ask you about your hair loss; how you react to this depends on how you’ve chosen to cope with it yourself. Alopecia UK suggest the following responses when someone asks about your hair loss:

  • Explain: "I have alopecia, it’s a condition that makes your hair fall out” 
  • Reassure: "I’m undergoing chemotherapy, don’t worry my hair loss isn’t contagious!”
  • Change the subject: "Oh it’s just the way I am. Did you see Coronation Street last night?”
  • Make a joke: "Oh, my bald head? Well it makes me easier to spot in photos!”

Covering your head with a hat, head scarf or a wig can help to make you feel more confident out in public. If you’ve lost your hair due to chemotherapy treatment you can usually apply for funding for a wig through the NHS. Here at Xazha Ltd we specialise in making funky and practical headwear to make you feel confident and sexy whatever stage your hair loss is at. 

As well as giving you back your confidence, headwear also serves the purpose of keeping your head warm and protected. When you lose your hair you’re effectively losing a layer of natural insulation that used to be responsible for keeping the chill from your head and neck. Our extensive collection of stylish headwear will help you to look good, feel confident and cope with this transitional period of your life.


Posted by Gina Ritchie
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