For a lot of people, their hair is a proud part of their overall look. Nowadays we can choose to grow it, cut it short, curl it, straighten it, dye it and so much more so when such a distinctive part of our look starts to fall out, the devastation is something that very few will know how to cope with.
Hair loss can be an unfortunate result of certain illnesses or a side effect of the treatment we receive to cure those illnesses, however, we’re here to give you a few pointers on how to cope with the loss of your hair.
Some illnesses can cause you to lose patches of your hair permanently, including ringworm or scarring strains of alopecia, and in these cases a hair transplant could be a solution to fix the problem long-term. The cosmetic surgery industry had improved tenfold over the past decade or so, and new technologies are making it easier than ever to provide solutions to hair loss with minimal, if any scarring. From an unshaven hair transplant, to Direct Hair Implantation, there are countless ways to reduce the look of bald or thinning patches and give you back a full head of hair.
Consult With Your Doctor And A Dermatologist
When losing hair due to illness, it’s important to keep in contact with your doctor and a dermatologist. These medical professionals can address what can be done about any skin conditions or chemical imbalances within your body that might be leading to the hair loss, while ensuring that you’re being treated for your illness efficiently too. While they can’t put the hair back (see the above point!) they can provide you with medications and techniques that can help you grow hair back faster in some cases.
Know What To Expect
For some illnesses or treatments, your doctor can tell you from the very start that you’re likely to suffer some hair loss as a result. If you’re suffering from cancer, talking to your oncologist about what could happen as a result of your treatment can help you mentally prepare to reduce the shock if it does come to happen. Through research, support groups and a simple understanding of what you could be facing throughout your illness or treatment, you can prepare accordingly with wigs, hats or alternative treatments where possible.
You may be wondering how ‘take control’ can be a point considering that most hair loss during illness isn’t something that can be prevented, but hear us out. If you know that you’re going to lose some hair but not all of it, a shorter haircut before your treatment can make your hair look thicker, remove already damaged hairs, and make loss less noticeable, or you can begin saving up for wigs if you know that you’ll lose all of, or most of your hair. Do your research, too. Being able to explain to friends, family and colleagues about your hair loss should they ask questions can help you feel like you’re in better control over the illness as a whole due to a deeper understanding of what it’s doing and how it’s being fought.
Hair loss can be hard on our mental health. Our hair is a big part of our image, and sudden loss can cause more stress than we may be willing to admit. However, hopefully our guide has helped you start with learning how to cope should it come to happen to you. Through wigs, shorter haircuts, speaking with a dermatologist and simply knowing what to expect, you can reduce the shock and learn how to cope in the long-term.