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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!

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High-Risk Hair Styles for Women

High-Risk Hairstyles for WomenDo you ever feel that wearing your hair too tight is pulling on your delicate strands? A study from the John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore shows that a strong association exists between overly tight hairstyles that lead to scalp tension and eventually, a hair loss condition called traction alopecia.

Traction alopecia occurs in a few different ways. Trichotillomania, an emotional disorder that leads to unwanted to unconscious hair plucking and pulling, is a common cause. Helmets, too, used for sports and physical activity, are a leading culprit behind the hair-loss condition. In addition, when someone wears their hair too tight for prolonged periods of time, they expose themselves to traction alopecia. Sometimes, thinning and balding become increasingly obvious when the hair is pulled, twisted or over-styled for a prolonged period of time.

Review these hairstyles to avoid if you’ve been diagnosed with traction alopecia:

  • Excessively tight ponytails or braids
  • Dreadlocks
  • Hair extensions
  • Thermal straightening
  • Permanent weaving
  • Wigs

Each of these styles varies in degree of risk, but the John Hopkins research shows traction alopecia is aggravated when tight styles are applied to hair treated with chemical straightening agents or “relaxed” hair. In addition, blow drying and flat irons can weaken strands, but are less likely to cause significant hair loss as compared to the combinations above. To prevent traction alopecia from hairstyles, John Hopkins says braids should be let loose after three months. In addition, weaves and extensions should never be in place for longer than eight weeks. The less time with high-risk styles, the greater chance an individual reduces the threat of developing traction alopecia.

In order to treat traction alopecia, Miami Hair recommends both low-level laser therapy (LLLT) and FUE hair transplants. LLLT caps use FDA-approved lasers to stimulate blood flow and revive dormant hair follicles, promoting natural hair growth. When used after eliminating high-risk hair styles from your life, you can better the odds of regrowth after damage. However, the most effective process in restoring hair after damage is through hair restoration surgery. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) transplants individual follicular units to fill-in balding areas precisely, creating natural-looking and aesthetically pleasing results.

Nearly two-thirds of men suffer with hair loss, and one out of every four women face thinning or shedding hair. Schedule a consultation by contacting our office so you can discuss how to lessen the effects of and treat traction alopecia or other hair loss conditions.