Hair defines many things for women – personality, attractiveness, success, health, social status and even family tradition. Hair loss in women has long been considered a taboo due to social stigma, but it is increasingly common – roughly 30 million adult women in North America experience thinning hair and hair loss, and some 50% of all women by age 50 are affected.
The word alopecia, quite simply, means hair loss. There are, however, many types of alopecia. The most common form is androgenetic alopecia. For men, this is referred to as male pattern thinning – thinning from the crown, or a receding hairline. For women it’s called female pattern thinning and is usually diffuse hair loss across the entire scalp. But hair loss is far more complicated for women than for men, largely due to myriad causes and a psychological effect that can be very difficult to accept.
Besides genetic female pattern thinning, there are many other reasons for women’s hair loss, including menopause-related hormonal imbalances, reactions to prescription drugs, lupus disease, post-partum/stress-related shedding (called telogen effluvium), Alopecia Areata (spotty hair loss), damaged hair from harsh chemical treatments (Scarring Alopecia), or even tight hair braiding (Traction Alopecia) that is common with African American women.
Women feel a personal connection with their hair and over the years will invest countless amounts time and money into maintaining or refreshing their look. When a woman endures hair loss, it is a difficult experience wherein she may feel vulnerable and struggle with her identity. Clinical side effects include anxiety, fear and depression. No matter why a woman loses her hair, a little preparation and positive thinking can really help her through the transition. If you are suffering from hair loss, it’s important for you to know that you aren’t alone.
At Bravadas we have experience with all types of alopecia, and we work closely with our clients to ensure we put you at ease and create a virtually undetectable result, whether you need an integrated system for early stage hair loss, or a full head wig for later stage. And you’ll never be rushed – we take the time to get it right.