I recently shared a bit of a hair journey I’ve been on over on Instagram and it was one of my most viewed and responded to stories in quite some time. Because no matter who you are, hair is considered an important part of our identity and when we notice negative changes, it can feel isolating and embarrassing. There can still be something of a taboo around the subject, with many of us quietly worrying that if we can notice it, then so too can everyone else.
So, who can you talk things through with?
Specialists In Hair Loss Treatments
Hair loss can affect your mental and emotional well-being in different ways. Of course, your health should always be your priority, so discussing things with a hair loss specialist first makes sense.
Oxford Online Pharmacy can put you in touch with a doctor who can also talk you through all the hair loss treatment plans available for you to consider. After your online consultation, you can try tablets and shampoos, and you’ll know which can be best for you. You can trust their guidance as they are fully qualified and registered with the NHS. Following that, your treatment can be delivered straight to your door with discretion. It’s important to remember that there’s no cure for hair loss per se. There can be improvements in hair quality which may make hair appear fuller and thicker but treatment results will vary from person to person. Treatment is still worth exploring, but it’s better to have realistic expectations in place so that you’re prepared no matter the outcome.
Hair loss affects a lot of people. Most men suffer from ageing-related hair loss, and women’s alopecia is also getting more media coverage. You’re very much not alone.
Support groups can be an incredible setting for making sense of your hair loss journey. As others express their concerns around you, they might inadvertently articulate some of what you’re experiencing as well. Perhaps you’ll make sense of the complicated emotions you’re feeling.
Similar experiences can be sought online too. For example, many forums explore hair loss and connect sufferers. You can keep up with real-time dialogues or delve into the archives and see what people had to say weeks, months, or even years ago. Much of it can be relatable; you can use that information to find peace and contentment.
Friends And Family
Whenever something is on our mind, it’s always important to share with someone close to us if we can. They’re the group most likely to be impact when we feel anxious or down about appearance, and this in turn can have a knock on effect with relationships and self-confidence.
My best friend is definitely someone that I would be able to talk to about anything – we’ve been best friends now for over 30 years and whilst we don’t see each other as often as we’d like to, it’s always so easy to talk to her about whatever is on my mind. Hair loss can feel isolating, but the empathy of those closest to us can give us a wider perspective on matters and a deeper and more accurate understanding of our value.
Depending how despondent we feel, considering professional help in some situations may be a good idea. For example, you and your partner could learn more about talking therapies and counselling and attend one of these sessions together. If your hair loss starts affecting your relationship, talking through both of your concerns with a professional mediator might be very helpful.
No matter what, it’s never worth to go through these things alone. As I said, I was overwhelmed with how much support I got via Instagram so you just never know how many people will be able to relate.
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