When it comes to hair loss, we normally think of it as a common problem among men. Women are affected by it too, more commonly than most people would assume. This is because our hair is constantly exposed to pollutants and dirt in the environment, and there are also increasingly more chemicals found in our haircare products.
“Am I losing my hair?”
In women, a sign of hair loss (or alopecia) is the thinning on the top third or top half of the scalp. The frontal line (or hair line, as it is sometimes known) may remain intact, but there may be a balding spot that will gradually become wider with time. Also, women with hair loss may see more of their scalp when they pull their hair back.
When does it normally happen?
Hair loss more commonly occur in women in their 50s or 60s, as a natural part of ageing. However, it may also occur among younger women for a variety of reasons.
- Genetics. Women with older female family members who have premature hair loss have a higher chance of experiencing the same.
- Illness and infections.
- Medications and treatments. Certain medications may cause hair loss. Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy also normally experience hair loss.
For many of us, losing our hair can affect our self-esteem. We may feel less attractive or feminine. Don’t worry, though, help is available!
Depending on the severity and nature of our hair loss, the following may be helpful.
- Hair cream enriched with vitamin B, biotin and other nutrients that can promote hair growth.
- Certain hair lotions, such as minoxidil, can also help with hair regrowth.
- While hair transplant is an option for most men with premature baldness, unfortunately it is only suitable for certain women, such as women whose hair loss follows the same pattern as male baldness (not many of us do) or who have lost their hair due to burns and other accidents.
- We can also consider supplements containing nutrients that promote the production of keratin, the main component of hair. Such nutrients include biotin, sulphurated amino acids and vitamins.
We can consult a pharmacist or dermatologist to find out more about our options. Alternatively, we can opt for wigs or just flaunt our baldness as a new fashion statement!
If our hair loss is getting us down, it’s time to seek support from others in the same shoes. Support groups can offer fashionable tips to hide that ‘spot’. Also we should take heart in knowing that our hair is not our only attractive quality. Let’s list down our other fabulous qualities and celebrate them!