Experiencing hair loss can be a traumatic and stressful experience full of unknowns. Finding out why your hair falls out can help to alleviate some of the stress associated with hair loss; but once you know the answer as to why your hair is falling out, it's time to figure out how you're going to deal with it. Management of the symptoms of hair loss is an important part of helping relieve some of the emotional stressors that come with hair loss. Whether your hair loss is caused by chemotherapy treatments, alopecia, trichotillomania, or any other condition, there are a variety of ways that you can cope with your hair loss.
Support groups are a great way to help cope with hair loss. When experiencing hair loss, you might experience feelings of loneliness, especially if none of your friends and family have dealt with a similar situation. Connecting with other people who have been affected by hair loss can create a sense of belonging and community. Members of the group can offer advice and support, as well as relate to the feelings you might be having about your hair loss.
Not everyone is comfortable discussing their feelings in a group setting. With this in mind, some men and women who have hair loss may feel more comfortable with an individual therapist or counselor to help cope with their feelings. Finding someone to talk to can alleviate some of the stress and unease that can be caused by hair loss.
Another great way to find support is through online communities. This solution takes away the need to be face to face with others while still relieving stress and anxiety. No matter how you choose to do it, finding support during hair loss is never a bad idea.
Learn How to Care for Your Scalp
After hair loss, your scalp may be extra sensitive because the skin that is now exposed has been covered by hair for so long. Hair provides a layer of protection from the elements and when that is lost, measures should be taken to avoid undue exposure to the sun's harmful rays. Applying sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays will help to ensure that your scalp is protected against sun exposure. We love Elta Block for protecting all of your skin from the sun's damaging rays.
While you may not have hair to wash, your scalp will still emit oils during hair loss. Washing your scalp with a mild shampoo can help to prevent build up from occurring. Try to use a shampoo that does not contain fragrance and is made specifically for sensitive scalps. We recommend Alra Mild Conditioning Shampoo for Sensitive Scalps. When washing, do not scrub or vigorously rub your scalp, as this can cause irritation. Use a soft towel to gently pat the scalp dry and avoid using a hair dryer.
Find Stylish and Comfortable Headwear
Many individuals feel more secure and confident when wearing something to cover up their hair loss. Women and men without hair can often feel vulnerable and uncomfortable when in public. Wearing a hat, scarf or other head covering can help disguise hair loss and provide an emotional sense of security and the feeling of replacing something that has been lost, as well as restore confidence.
Although this is not always the case, many individuals who are experiencing hair loss have never worn a hat before, which can make shopping for a hat overwhelming initially. In terms of style, everyone has their own tastes and preferences, but it is never a bad idea to keep an open mind to new styles when shopping for headwear during hair loss. You never know what you might find! We offer countless options for our customers to choose from to ensure that each and every person experiencing hair loss can find something to make them feel fabulous.
Full head coverage headwear will cover the areas of the scalp where hair normally grows in order to help ease any feelings of insecurity that can come when having to be in public without hair. Comfortable fabrics that don't itch or scratch are often desired in order to keep bald heads from becoming irritated. Choosing a hat or scarf that is breathable in warmer climates and insulating in cooler climates will help the wearer feel confident and comfortable when wearing their headcover out and about.
Invest in a Comfortable Sleep Cap
When you don't have hair to cover your scalp, heat can be lost through the top of your head when you are sleeping and your body is not active. Finding a sleep cap that you can wear at night can prevent night chills and work to keep your head warm at night. Choose a cap with soft fabric and few seams, as to not irritate the scalp. You will want your sleep cap fit securely on your head so that it will not fall off if you toss and turn throughout the night.
We love sleep caps with soft fabrics like bamboo and cotton. Bamboo fabric has moisture wicking properties that will help to regulate your body temperature while you sleep, making it one of our personal favorite materials for sleep caps. Cotton is a very breathable fabric that will allow for air to flow through the cap, but still keep your head from getting too cold. If you live in a cooler climate, consider trying a cap made from fleece for the colder winter months to help keep your head warm.
Consider Shopping for a Wig
Many individuals experiencing hair loss find that a wig helps them to feel more secure and confident during a time when their confidence may be less than normal. With so many styles and colors to choose from, it is possible to find a wig that closely resembles your hairstyle prior to your hair loss. Experimenting with style and color combinations can turn your hair loss into a fun and exciting shopping experience.
While finding the right wig can seem like an intimidating process, we offer several resources to help make the experience as easy as possible. To begin the wig buying process, you'll need to know your head measurement. You can find easy to follow instructions, as well as a how-to video in our Wig Resources Library showing how to measure your head.
In our Wig Buying Guide, you'll also find a step-by-step guide to help you on your wig buying journey. You can also take advantage of our free wig consultation to have an experienced wig consultant help you choose the right color and style for you.
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