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Facing a Little Hair Dilemma

Tuesday, 6 June 2017 12:41:13 Europe/London

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Often when people think of women and hair loss, they think of the hair loss associated with chemotherapy treatment. The truth is, hair loss and hair thinning are much more widespread and common then perhaps we first imagine. There are many other causes of diffuse hair loss, a receding hair line or patchy hair loss; as well as complete hair loss through Alopecia. Hair loss can occur with other medical conditions, stress, and side effects as a result of medication. This leaves women wondering how to deal with their patchy hair loss or thinning hair. Here are some thoughts and suggestions on ways to style your way through, inspite of hair loss.

You Are Not Alone

Probably the most important thing is to realize you are not alone. While men’s hair loss is openly discussed and a recognized issue, hair loss in women remains more of a social taboo. This makes it more difficult for women facing this issue, as often we don’t want to admit there is a problem. While bald men star as leads in movies and TV, few women are seen publicly without a full head of hair. Fortunately, social media and other avenues are making it easier for women with hair loss to find a support group / network to discuss their concerns. Whether it is due to a medical condition, chemo, aging, or any other reason, always bear in mind that you are not alone in this and you, as a person, are much more than your hair.

Patchy Hair

Young woman wearing wide headband in the garden

The ebb and flow of patchy hair loss can be difficult to manage, as bald spots come and go, moving around the head. Understandably woman want to hold on to as much of their hair for as long as they can, so headwear can be useful for styling during this phase. Styling products such as Bumble & Bumble can also be useful, colouring the scalp and disguising thinning hair patches.  For many chemo patients, once clumps of hair begin to fall out, their solution is to shave their heads. This avoids the distress of seeing hair continuously shedding on pillows, or in the shower. For other women, patchy hair loss can be due to stress, pregnancy, aging, medications, or other medical conditions. Obviously, the most important thing is to first determine what is causing the hair loss and to make any appropriate changes to protect your health, as well as your hair.

If your hair loss is temporary remember to seek the advice of a trusted hair stylist and ask how best to manage your new hair growth when the time comes. There are styles that can very quickly start to take shape, work with your hair stylist to find the ultimate hair cut to maximise volume - shorter cuts and curls can help hide uneven hair lengths and aid coverage.  Or indeed growing certain sections of your hair longer can help to conceal other areas, for example holding your hair back in a pony tail, or pinning your hair up on top of your head.

Thin Hair

Often women experience thin hair due to aging, medical issues, or stress.  The loss of hair volume can be disturbing as the scalp becomes more visible through diffuse hair thinning.  After taking any appropriate steps to determine the cause of your hair loss and any solutions, the next step is to make the most of the hair you have.

Once again chat with your hair stylist, someone who knows your hair and will be sensitive to your concerns. A great haircut can often cover the problem or at least reduce the visibility of thinning hair. Adding layers to a haircut or even highlights can all be used to create the illusion of thicker hair.  They'll also be able to advise on hair products specifically for this problem - volumising mousses, sprays and waxes to hold hair in place (see above).

Hair Options

Options to cover patchy hair loss and make the most of the hair you have left include wide headbands, scarves, and hats. These options can cover as much, or as little, of your head as needed and effectively keep the rest of your hair in place, particularly good on a windy or wet day.  Our wide Silk Headbands (pictured) are specifically designed to add style while covering patchy hair loss. We also have an eveningwear style wide headband, perfect for a smart evening out. Two different sportier styles are ideal for casual days out, or active events. Our headbands have the advantage of providing coverage while being designed to remain securely and comfortably in place.

For patches of hair loss on the crown or further back on the head, scarves can be the perfect option. Inspiration for wearable casual styles that 'blend in' could come from 'vacations on the French Rivera' or 'summer road trips' and offer great all-day comfort and style. Our headscarves are long enough to allow plenty of creative tying options for styles that will remain in place.

Woman in summer chemo hat smiling

Hats, like our Agatha Hat (pictured) can be a wonderful option for either patchy hair loss or thinning hair. Our hats for chemo can also be the perfect option while hair is in that awkward growing out stage, after completing chemo. There is of course the option of wearing a fringe wig under your headwear - a cooler alternative to a full wig and one that instantly gives the illusion of a full head of hair under your hat. Our hats are always cut deeper in the back to provide full and confident coverage.

Regardless of your hair loss, keep in mind that you are not alone and there are great options for making the most of the hair you have. For more styles and headwear options, shop our site now. If you aren’t sure what headwear options would work best for you, please contact our friendly staff. We're happy to find your perfect look, help you express your style and feel confident.

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If you are experiencing hair loss you may not have to pay the VAT on some of our products. Headwear we have designed and manufactured specifically for hair loss wear is exempted. ‘Standard’ items of headwear such as scarves, brooches, some winter/summer hats by other designers, skincare are not eligible. They have not been ‘adapted’ for special wear. The ‘status’ of items will be displayed in your basket, before ordering, once a short health declaration is completed.

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