4 Ways to Cope with Hair Loss

While a great number of men (and women!) suffer from a genetic condition called “pattern baldness,” that isn’t the only reason you may be trying to cope with the loss of your once thick and lustrous hair. Sometimes it’s a thyroid condition while other times it could be the result of illness or medications. Chemotherapy is known to cause hair loss, but fortunately, most people do regain growth after sessions have ended. Sometimes hair comes in thinner, but it’s there nonetheless. Whether you are gradually losing all your hair or are noticing bald or sparse areas on your scalp, there are ways to cope with what you are enduring.

1. Begin with a Positive Self Image

Although your hair plays an important biological function, that isn’t the worst part of losing your hair. Most men and women who suffer from hair loss find that their self-image starts to fade. They no longer see themselves as attractive and often losing their hair makes them feel old. Before you move on to any of the other common ways to cope with hair loss, start with the fact that you are still you, i.e. the same handsome person you were before those strands of keratin started to fall from your head. A head of hair doesn’t make the person!

2. Consult with a Doctor to Determine the Cause

The best advice when you start experiencing loss of hair is to consult with a dermatologist who specialises in alopecia, the medical term for hair loss. While you may not choose to use their services due to cost, you must get an accurate diagnosis before going any further. Not all hair loss can be treated in the same way, and sometimes there is no way to get it to ‘grow back’, as in that example above with hair loss resulting from chemotherapy. If you have that genetic marker for male or female pattern baldness, you can’t get it to grow back, but there are ways of coping.

3. Treating Bald Patches or Receding Hairlines with Scalp Micropigmentation

At this point, you are probably asking yourself, “what is scalp micropigmentation?” In short, scalp micropigmentation is simply injecting cosmetic ink into the pores through which hair once grew. It’s a blend of artistry and science and it takes a skilled technician to get the right effect. If you consider the fact that the human head has as many as 2,000 strands of hair per square inch, you’ll understand that the ‘tattoo’ must be done with precision and a whole lot of talent!

Typically, you would go in for a consultation, a mock-up would be done, and then several sessions would be necessary to get a finished look. The hairline is created and filled in first, next comes the fill and in the final session, the technician would perfect any areas needing a bit more work. However, make sure if you go this route that you request explicit aftercare information to ensure the best and most lasting results.

4. Treating Vitamin Deficiencies

There is a great deal of hype on the subject of natural supplements to counteract hair loss. However, if your doctor has found that you are indeed experiencing alopecia due to a vitamin deficiency, these products might help to some extent. Just bear in mind that once the follicle is dead, hair will never grow there again. The follicle is a sac from which hair grows and so naturally there will be no new growth if the vitamin deficiency went on long enough to literally allow the cell to die. That’s why it is important that you get a diagnosis early on, the moment you notice hair loss. If it’s something which can be treated, it’s imperative to do so quickly before you lose too many follicles!

A Few Words on What You Shouldn’t Do

Now you know some of the things you can do, let’s look at some of what you should never do when experiencing abnormal amounts of hair loss. You can lose 50 to 100 strands of hair each day, and that really is normal, so don’t panic if you see a few hairs on your shoulders or left in your brush. This is not a reason to consult with a doctor just yet. However, if you should notice an inordinate amount of hair in your brush or on your clothing and/or furniture, it’s time to determine a cause.

Please try to avoid those overcombs that are so obnoxious. Why try to fill in bald spots by taking all that hair from one side and combing over those barren patches? It looks contrived and is anything but attractive. Instead, see what you can do about Scalp Micropigmentation or other ways to get a more natural look. Perhaps the most famous, or infamous, as the case may be, is the American President’s overcomb he has now modified. It looked phony and was the butt of many jokes here and across the pond. Never seek a contrived look but always something more natural. The only thing a contrived look does is call attention to hair loss and that’s the very last thing you want to do.

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