For many of us our hair is our crowning glory. We know that there is something hard wired within us that signifies a head of great luscious locks can mean excellent health and potentially peak fitness. Even a new haircut can leave you feel amazing and can take years off your appearance, so it’s no wonder that subconsciously we all derive a great deal of self-esteem and confidence from how our hair looks and feels, not only to ourselves but to others too.
If we find ourselves faced with an issue with our hair, maybe a change in hair texture, thickness or overall appearance then this will often have a negative effect on our confidence and personality, even leading to the decreased desire to socialise in our normal way.
There are a few different things which can affect our hair thickness and texture including the side effects of medication, chemotherapy, extreme stress and hormonal imbalances. Dealing with any of these alone is hard to cope with as you mentally battle the physical illness and other side effects they may cause. So, when it is combined with losing your hair, and the reality of how this feels, it can make the situation doubly hard for you to cope with. Stresses can often boil over and relationships can become strained as you try to deal with the physical illness, changes to your appearance and your loss of identity. If you are experiencing hair loss as a result of any condition, and are considering real hair wigs to help regain some of your confidence, speaking to a specialist will enable you to understand the full process and how a wig can be made to measure and suit everyone’s individual circumstances.
Of course, pregnancy can also cause a women’s hair to thin and often this can leave you feeling that you are losing sight very quickly, of the person you were. If the problem with your hair continues after the baby is born, this, combined with a lack of sleep and the stresses that a new-born can bring can leave you feeling low and drained. If you find you are struggling with emotions, then ensure you discuss these with your midwife to or doctor. Many people are afraid to ask for help, as they see hair loss as just vanity and not a medical condition, however hair loss is actually taken seriously by medical professionals. If your hair problems are caused by the condition of alopecia, this can cause hair loss across the whole body. This radical change in your outer appearance may leave you feeling exposed as you struggle with a sense of losing your true identity and try to find new adaptive ways of presenting yourself. There are of course great support groups around which can be a source of advice and also a network of help from other sufferers.
Whatever the reason for your hair loss it is important to know that you are not alone, and it is always worth seeking the advice of a medical professional, as your hair condition may be treatable, and also to reach out to any support groups for emotional help, support and professional advice.