Studies have shown that trauma resulting from hair loss is even more prevalent in women than men. This is largely a result of the superficial standard we hold women to in society, and the external pressure put on women to resemble a predetermined idea of beauty. Not to invalidate the men out there, but it has been shown that statistically, hair loss affects the emotional well-being of women even more. What follows are tips for women coping with hair loss.
The First and Most Obvious Tip Is to Be Proactive About Your Hair Thinning or Loss
At Images of Princeton, we offer several options for hair loss treatment:
We customize all of these options for your own specific needs- if you are interested in finding out more, please visit our tab “Hair Loss Treatments for Women” for an in depth look at each! Being proactive about your hair loss takes a lot of the uncertainty out of the equation and can give you a strong sense of empowerment knowing that you are not leaving it up to chance but are honoring yourself and your beauty by taking the right steps. Hair loss does not have to be something that is “just the way it is”, something that you are forced to accept despite the trauma it causes. At Images of Princeton, we are here to help you not only cope, but thrive and flourish with hair treatments and styles that punctuate your true beauty.
Talk About It
When suffering with hair loss, the most common reaction is to suppress it, and do your best to hide it from those around you. This leads to profound feelings of unworthiness, as if how we look is something to disguise and hide, rather than something to embrace and showcase. Although it is far from easy, a way around this is to be honest with loved ones whom we trust about what is happening with our hair and how it is affecting us. Talking about it with loved ones, or in therapy, not only helps us gain perspective and clarity on what is going on within us, but it also helps to make the problem not seem as drastic as it does when we bottle it up inside.
In the same vein, joining a hair loss support group is an excellent way to both validate your feelings and experience catharsis by relating to other women going through the exact same thing. There are alopecia support groups around the country! The key is to know and feel that you are not going through this alone.
Focus On Your Health
As your hair is often a product of the overall state of your bodily health, self-care is extremely important. It will do you well in two ways: it will improve the actual health of your hair and scalp, and it will improve the way you feel about yourself.
This process is different for everyone, but a healthy meal plan, getting daily exercise, and spending quality time with people you love are all pivotal. For your daily routine throughout the work week, any rituals that will help relieve work stress and hair related stress are key. Baths, yoga, meditation, a skin care routine, are all major rituals reported to relieve stress. Make sure you are giving yourself enough time before bed to be off your phone, and lower any kind of jarring stimulation. People who read before going to sleep instead of staring at their phones, laptops, or tv, are proven to get more restorative sleep, which in turn lowers stress levels.
Whatever stage you are in, we are here for you and are happy to help. For a wide selection of hair treatments options, and for more people in your corner rooting for you, feel free to reach out to us today to book a free consultation!