There are a number of reasons why women may lose their hair. Aging, male patterned baldness (which is linked to the women in the family), genetic predisposition to female balding, thyroid conditions, and even cancer can cause women to lose their hair. The problem is, wigs do not typically look natural on women. Women need something else that looks natural, feels natural, and is not obvious to others. If you are a woman who is currently losing her hair, here are a few alternatives to wigs.
Beauty salons are able to purchase hair that has been cut from someone else's head and sold or donated to beauty supply companies. These human hairpieces are washed and then carefully sewn or woven into a band. The band is then woven into your own hair, which is why it is commonly called a "weave." All shades and colors of hair, as well as lengths and styles (e.g., curly, wavy, straight), are available. As long as you have enough hair left on your head to weave the pieces in, a hairdresser can help you with this option.
Prescription Shampoos and Hair Products
Prescription shampoos and hair products that contain minoxidil are approved by the FDA to treat female baldness. You do have to have a specific type of female patterned baldness and/or thinning hair to use these products. A dermatologist can assess your hair loss situation to let you know if you are a good candidate for these products.
Checking Your Thyroid and Taking Medications
If your hair is just beginning to thin, it may be a treatable condition. Have your doctor check your thyroid and TSH (thyroid hormone) levels. You may need to take a thyroid medication, but it can help prevent further hair loss. Hormone replacement therapy for women in their forties and beyond can also halt and reverse hair thinning and hair loss because female hormones trick the body into thinking it is pregnant. Then, it produces the biochemical agents that increase hair growth, hair health, and thickness. There are the side effects of these medications as well, which is why you should see your doctor first.
Getting Past Cancer Treatments
Some women never lose a strand during their cancer treatments. Others go completely bald, and several more lose hair in patches. Your experience could lead you in any one of these three directions. The first step is to decide if you want to wear hats, shave it clean, or just go bald. You will need to get past all of your cancer treatments first before you can see if you will be permanently bald. Then you can choose one of the above options or find another.