While hair loss is mainly common among men, women are also suffering from various types of hair loss. Temporary hair loss is more common, but when left untreated, it can lead to permanent loss. Many times, when you are going through a major illness, have a great deal of stress or are taking harsh medical treatments, hair loss is one of the first and most noticeable side effects.
When facing permanent hair loss, accepting it is a very difficult feat and can cause emotional stress that can also contribute to hair loss. Dealing with Lupus, Cancer, Trichotillomania, Menopause, and taking medications for High Blood Pressure can lead to hair loss. Often, hair can be restored once some harsh treatments stop, but in some cases, like in aging, the hair tends to thin out and fall away gradually.
A big concern is styling thinning hair or hair that has bald spots in it. Most consumers are looking for products or extensions that can remedy the problem. Options for hair that can be regrown are to receive cortisone shots or try over the counter solutions like Nioxin products, Propecia or Rogaine. Other products that include Bitoin and Jamaican Black or Regular Castor Oil have been linked to hair regrowth, especially around the hairline.
A more intense, but non surgical solution involves attaching a transparent polyurethane membrane to the scalp with medical glue in the balding or very thin areas. If any hair is present, it would need to be shaved so the natural color of the scalp can show through the transparent piece. Attached to it, would be strands of human hair, to look as natural as possible. This type of hair replacement won’t interfere with sporting and swimming activities. It’s non intrusive and is less expensive than hair replacement surgery (FUT).
For more permanent hair loss, there is a newer solution to attempt regrowing hair. Taking hair from the back of your own scalp, and then transplanting it into the balding areas is also known as follicular unit transplantation. Still more common among men, women are opting for this permanent solution to hair loss. More expensive than other hair loss remedies and treatments, this offers a permanent solution to hair loss.
Avoiding Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, which provides the suds in shampoos is helpful in preventing hair thinning. Its effects can be very harsh and irritating. There are many products available now that are sulfate free.
Styling Tricks and Tips
- Try make up to cover small areas such as mascara, tinted spray or eye shadow
- Use a dry shampoo to give the hair a little more volume
- Try lighter hair color or highlights to blend the areas. Dark colors can reveal thin areas, showing the contrast between the scalp and the hair itself
- Keep the hair conditioned as dry hair can lead to breakage
- Try a layered haircut. Tapered sides and back can disguise a thin hairline. Layers can also add volume and cover thin areas.
- Limit heat styling or opt for wet sets like roller sets and twist outs. The smaller the tool, the more texture is created.
Extensions and Hair Pieces
Wigs are a go to product to cover hair loss, but be sure to take care of the hair and scalp beneath it. Try to wear a protective scarf or cap under the wig to prevent snagging and pulling. Stocking caps help hold the hair down, but can be drying to the hair underneath. Wigs and pieces with combs can also cause scalp irritation, and over time, if placed in the same spot all the time, it can lead to hair loss.
Extensions are a great way to cover or hide bald areas, but use caution that the hair is not too heavy for the sections of hair it is on. The weight alone can pull hair right out from the scalp. If your hair is very thin but long enough to cornrow, sew ins and crochet braids or extensions are a good option. As with any extensions, be sure your sew in isn’t too tight as well. Also try not to leave extensions in for too long as this could cause a number of problems immediately or in the future.
Take a look at this video from Desi G on Youtube. She shares her trials with hair loss and her choice to have A Follicular Transplant