Women’s hair loss is becoming a widely talked about issue, and celebrities such as Fergie from the Black Eyes Peas are speaking out about their experience with thinning hair. Women need not feel that it is a taboo topic anymore. The more we talk about it the easier it is to discuss solutions, tips and tricks.
If you want to make your hair look as full as possible whilst covering areas of hair loss, there are things you can do to help. You are going to need a team on your side, starting with a Dermatologist who can investigate the possible causes of hair loss. This may involve a biopsy of your scalp. Some types of hair loss are temporary and some require long term management. It is worth noting that treatment and regrowth can take a while, so you want your styling and at home care to work for you- not against you!
Even experts on Oprah are weighing on women’s hair loss:
“Keep your length above shoulder level, and consider a blunt cut (ends will look less wispy). If your hair is thickest in front, [a deep fringe] can conceal thinning at the crown. Colouring your hair helps, too, because the dye swells the hair shaft. Choose a shade that is close to the colour of your scalp (if you have dark skin, do not go blonde; if you’re pale, keep your hair light). And stay on top of your regrowth—noticeable roots draw attention to a widened part.” -Oprah
Many women may worry about cutting their hair when they experience hair loss, but the right haircut can make all the difference. Make an appointment to consult with your hairdresser and discuss different options, rather than rushing in and out of the styling chair. Some hairdressers have a lot of experience with hair loss and can advise you appropriately.
Styling products should be light, add volume and be a gentle formula. Look for products free of synthetic colours and fragrances. Some styling products can really weigh the hair down and end up making it look flat and thin. Also pay attention to the overuse of heat styling tools which can seriously damage healthy hair.
For some women hair loss can be so severe or complete that they choose to style their hair with a wig. Wigs can be made out of natural human hair or even synthetic fibres such as Kanekalon (a Japanese nylon fibre that closely resembles human hair). Wig makers can help you try on different styles and fibres to suit your style and budget. Though human hair wigs look completely natural, they can be very expensive compared to synthetic wigs, and also require a lot more care. Medicare in Australia offer eligible patients rebates towards medical wigs.
The Australia Alopecia Areata Foundation offers support and information for people with AA type hair loss. Visit their website to find out more.
If you have questions or concerns about hair loss, contact your local doctor, who will arrange for you to see a dermatologist. Contact us today!