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Coping with Female Hair Loss During the Holidays

Short-term hair loss solutionsThe holidays are the most joyous time of year – right? Unfortunately for those suffering from female hair loss, December’s festivities are flooded with feelings of discomfort and anxiety. When you’re a woman suffering from female hair loss, your initial reaction is to hide. And during one of the most social seasons of the year, coping with female hair loss is anything but easy.

Roughly 20 million women in the United States suffer some sort of hair loss condition, whether it be androgenic alopecia, telogen effluvium, anagen effluvium due to chemotherapy, traction alopecia or alopecia areata. While the statistics are staggering, knowing you aren’t alone in this journey can help ease your woes. In addition to finding outside support via other hair loss patients or a highly-experienced hair loss specialist, consider the following four tips to cope with female hair loss this holiday season:

Don’t Go into Hiding

Female hair loss is not your fault; nor should you be forced to suffer any more than necessary. Isolating yourself to hide the symptoms of hair loss is only going to make you feel worse in the long run. Memories created around the holidays are not something you want to miss out on, if possible. While it’s not easy to hide your self-consciousness in a social situation, letting go and having fun are the best distractions during an emotionally dim period. Spending time around others who love you for you helps boost lost self-confidence. Plus, cancelling left and right is bound to bring on inevitable guilt. Imagine coming up with several bogus excuses each time you feel forced to decline a holiday invitation. The stress of getting caught in a lie or suffering a serious case of FOMO (fear of missing out) is far worse than your changed appearance.

Spend Time on Yourself

The stress of getting ready in a rush is far worse for women who have thinning hair or balding to conceal. Adopting a new hair-do is exciting assuming you have the time to practice and style your locks to your liking. Make time for grooming and styling before a big event and remember – practice is key! For women with androgenic alopecia, or diffuse thinning, a deep-swept side part can do wonders to conceal a widening middle part. Visit your hair stylist for a bang trim to capture a chicer look. Framing your face with beachy waves helps hair look fuller, so make sure you have a working curling iron or wand by your side.

For a thicker up-do, consider a high boosted bun with assistance from your wardrobe. First, cut the foot off a high sock (preferably washed or unused) and roll it into a doughnut shape. With your hair in a high pony, place the sock at the end of your strands and slowly roll down so strands completely cover the sock. If you are concerned about thinning around the scalp on display, complete the look with an embellished hair band or festive holiday ribbon.

If you’re hair loss is more obvious to the point of balding or patchy loss, invest in a well-made wig. Wigs are popular among celebrities like Kylie Jenner who don’t suffer from hair loss, so the shopping process is nothing to be ashamed of. Buying a wig online is an option, but the fitting and style is more difficult to determine without trying it on first. If you do decide to shop online for a wig, leave yourself ample time for returns. In addition, hair wraps and hats are both stylish and holiday appropriate. Wear a beautiful, elegant silk scarf in a traditional holiday color or don a cute Santa hat as a nod to the big jolly man himself.  

Consider a Long-Term Solution

Some hair loss cases, including telogen effluvium, are temporary due to a traumatic event or sudden lifestyle change. However, many hair loss cases are genetic or prolonged. While tips and tricks for disguising hair loss work in the short-term, you can’t fake it forever. Considering hair loss restoration may be critical. Visit a qualified hair loss physician or specialist who can diagnose your hair loss condition and rule out any other medical concerns. From there, you’ll receive treatment recommendations based on your lifestyle and objectives. Many female hair loss patients opt for a non-invasive treatment therapy, such as a laser cap for hair loss, natural-looking hair loss surgery or a combination of the two. Whichever treatment(s) you decide to undergo, give yourself the gift of self-confidence for the holidays.

 

Female Hair Loss Treatment in Miami

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, our primary goal is to bring relief and comfort to hair loss patients. We offer consultations to diagnose cases and rule out underlying conditions before prescribing personalized treatment programs, all with compassion and honesty at the forefront of our practice. Miami’s top hair loss physicians, Dr. Bernard Nusbaum and Dr. Paul Rose, each offer decades of experience coupled with extensive research, cutting-edge technologies and highly satisfied patients. The Hair Transplant Institute of Miami is no. 1 in total Artas® Robotic Hair Transplant procedures in both Miami and the Southeast region, and among the top five nationwide. To get started on your hair restoration journey at our leading Miami hair clinic, contact us directly at 305-925-0222.

 

Happy Holidays!

Does Balding Negatively Affect Work Life?

Does Balding Negatively Affect Work Life? Normally, a person sheds anywhere up to 100 strands of hair per day. Finding hair at the bottom of the shower or tangled in a brush is a common occurrence. Unfortunately for some, however, hair follicles can become damaged, stressed, or hormonally challenged, rendering them inactive for periods of time. When this occurs, hair ceases its normal growth cycle and existing strands begin to fall out in larger quantities than what is considered average.

Male pattern baldness, medically referred to as androgenic alopecia, is the most common form of hair loss in men, accounting for 95 percent of men’s hair loss. According to the American Hair Loss Association, 85 percent of men who’ve reached the age of 50 have significantly thinning hair. A quarter of those suffering from male pattern baldness begin to exhibit symptoms before they reach the age of 21. (i)

Women’s hair loss, commonly telogen effluvium, isn’t nearly as consistent. Although many erroneously assume that hair loss is strictly associated with men, 40 percent of hair loss sufferers are actually women. (ii) It’s a silent condition many women avoid talking about or getting help for because women’s hair is a sign of beauty. Compromised attractiveness due to stress, aging, genetics, or hormonal imbalance is considered taboo for women, which is why so many lack the resources to combat this embarrassing condition.

Because hair loss is a noticeable condition, one might wonder: Can my hair loss affect my professional life?

Unfortunately, yes, but maybe not in the way you think it would. While your coworkers and managers are unlikely to judge to you based on your thinning hair, your own inner feelings about your hair loss may surface in the workplace.

Hair Loss, Self Esteem, and Career Development

Negative feelings surrounding hair loss can mostly be attributed to two things: Media and culture. Hair is something both men and women use to make themselves feel more attractive and put together. Hair loss is also seen as a sign of aging or sometimes, bad health. These adverse sentiments regarding balding cause social and psychological effects, including compromised self-image and self esteem.

Depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem can hurt job performance, whether through missed workdays or lack of confidence in ideas and accomplishments. The American Hair Loss Association states, “It is not uncommon for men to change their career paths because of their hair loss.” (i)

According to a random sampling amongst European men ages 18 to 45, 70 percent of men believe hair is an important feature of one’s image, and 62 percent agreed that hair loss has the potential to negatively impact self-esteem. (iii)

Regaining Confidence at Work with Hair Restoration

While less than 10 percent of men in the European study were actively pursuing hair loss treatment, 59 percent of those undergoing treatment who reported success said they experienced improvements of self-esteem and personal attractiveness. (iii)

If you feel that your hair loss is negatively affecting your personal and professional life, it’s time to act now. The expert surgeons at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami provide advanced hair restoration techniques to help you regain your motivation and drive at work by giving you the confidence you need to succeed. We also offer low-level laser therapy caps to be used in conjunction with hair restoration surgery, or on their own.

Call our Institute toll-free at (877) 443-9070 and make an appointment today.

Sources

(i) http://www.americanhairloss.org/men_hair_loss/introduction.asp

(ii) http://www.americanhairloss.org/women_hair_loss/introduction.asp

(iii) The psychosocial impact of hair loss among men: a multinational European study. Mariola Alfonso, Hertha Richter-Appelt, Antonella Tosti, Miguel Sanchez Viera, Marcos García Curr Med Res Opin. 2005 November; 21(11): 1829–1836. doi: 10.1185/030079905X61820