Female hair loss is more common than you may think, in fact according to the Daily Mail, it has been estimated that up to 6 million women in Britain are affected by hair loss. There are many reasons as to why women suffer from hair loss, with the most common reasons including:
• a change in hormone levels
• medical treatment such as chemotherapy
• vitamin deficiency
Whatever the reason for the hair loss, it can have a profound effect on the woman. The change in her physical appearance can affect her behaviour, as her self-esteem and self-confidence may nose-dive and she may find that everyday tasks such as going swimming, to the gym or out with friends suddenly seem very daunting.
For the majority of women, their hair is a symbol of their identity and femininity, and when this changes out of their control, they can become increasingly self-conscious. This can have a negative impact on their everyday life, and so they may want to have a look at some options on how to conceal their hair loss.
Medical causes of hair loss
When hair loss first starts to appear, it is advisable for women to visit their GP. It may be that the doctor will recommend taking some blood tests, so that an underlying reason for the hair loss can be detected. In many cases, conditions such as anaemia, diabetes or an overactive thyroid could be the cause of the hair loss, so once these have been detected and treatment has started, the hair may grow back on its own.
Disguising hair loss
In the meantime, many women choose to cover up their hair loss by wearing wigs, hair extensions or hats and scarves. This can give an inexpensive and temporary solution to the problem, and is a sensible option for short term hair loss in particular.
Hair replacement clinic
If the reason for the hair loss is more severe or the woman finds that the hair loss is becoming a long term issue, then it may be advisable for her to visit a hair replacement clinic. These clinics offer practical solutions for disguising hair loss, without the need for surgery. A fine mesh is applied to the existing natural hair, and from that, either synthetic or human hair which matches the user’s real hair is attached to the mesh. This gives the appearance of the wearer having a full head of natural hair. Hair replacement systems do require regular maintenance, but for many women, it is worth the time and effort as the results are highly effective, yet very discreet.
Of course, there is always the option of having surgery. Hair transplants are not available on the NHS and they can be fairly expensive, not to mention painful, but they can give a permanent hair replacement for hair loss sufferers.