Whether youâ€™re male or female, losing your hair is an emotionally distressing experience and can bring on feelings of anxiety and vulnerability. The good news is that there are ways of effectively coping with hair loss whatever your diagnosis.
Dealing with hair loss
ÂSo how can you deal with hair loss? Experts suggest that the process is not unlike dealing with grief: individuals experience shock and distress, ultimately followed by the realisation that lost hair might not return. Understanding your emotions and being in control of them is vital to your coping strategy.
One of the most important aspects of coping with hair loss is acceptance.
Accepting that you may not regain your hair will help you move forward in a positive way. Speak to your doctor, seek advice from a specialist or meet with others to help you come to terms with the problem. You can also visit our Success Stories page to read real-life stories on how acceptance helped others.
Once youâ€™ve come to terms with your hair loss, you can focus on dealing with your condition. Ways in which you can address the situation include:
- researching online sources such as The British Association of Dermatologists â€“ www.bad.org.uk
- finding local support groups and learning about othersâ€™ experiences
- sharing your hair loss with your close family and friends. Many people find this a comfort as it alleviates the emotional pressure
- taking a sample of your hair before it falls out to help select a wig when the time is right
- selecting a shade of wig slightly lighter than your own (dark wigs can look heavy). Reassuringly, there are a vast range of shades available and many wigs can be cut and styled according to your needs. You might even want to think about a change!
- trying out different styles of wigs and scarves
- if youâ€™re dealing with long-term hair loss, investigate different treatments, hairpieces and even transplants only under the supervision of a medically-qualified person
Having explored the above options, you can begin the process of living with hair loss in a positive way.
Living with hair loss
One of the most important things to remember is that you are not defined by your hair. There are many other things on which you can focus. For example:
- make a list of all your positive attributes and celebrate them instead!
- if you enjoy wearing make-up, try a different look to help shift focus from your hair
- consider semi-permanent make-up solutions
- if you wear glasses, try frames with a heavier top to emulate the eyebrow line
- experiment with your wardrobe or wear eye-catching accessories as a natural, stylish distraction
- learn how to style your wig or tie your scarf in different ways â€“ have fun with your look
These are just some of the practical things you can do. Please do continue to share your concerns and experiences with others and seek professional advice whenever the need arises.
Only you can understand how you feel about your hair. But once you learn how to overcome your negative feelings and reach acceptance, we believe you will find living life much, much more enjoyable...
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