“Trichotillomania is hair loss from repeated urges to pull or twist the hair until it breaks off. Patients are unable to stop this behavior, even as their hair becomes thinner.”
One prominent hair loss theory, proposed in 1913 and supported across the decades, suggests a balding gene that predicts whether a person will or will not go bald. According to this theory, the balding gene is stronger in women who bald since balding is less frequent in females. Many people talk about the genetic component of hair loss, especially for men.
You’ve accepted your cancer diagnosis, informed family and friends, and are preparing to undergo chemotherapy treatment. You’ve read online that hair loss is extremely common and have researched different ways that women cope with hair loss. After thinking, reading, and talking to a few friends, you’ve decided that a wig may be a good option for you. Notice I said may be a good option. If you’re not entirely sure whether a wig is right for you, but you want to learn more before you decide, that’s completely normal. Below are a few ways that women can begin the conversation about whether a wig is the best choice for them.
The short answer: hair extensions may be a viable hair loss option for certain women, depending on the type and severity of hair loss. Hair extensions are also a bold fashion statement. With hair extensions, you need not limit your active lifestyle in any way. You can swim, shower and exercise just as you always do. If you are struggling with female hair loss, you might consider that hair extensions are a fashionable hair loss treatment option that can curb the emotional and psychological effects of thinning hair.
Women experience a variety of symptoms associated with menopause. However, some are discussed more frequently than others. Hair loss is one of the most distressing yet infrequently discussed symptoms of menopause. As women enter menopause, reports of changes in hair thickness and integrity are common. The North American Menopause Society credits hair loss during menopause to the change in amounts of androgen and estrogen in the body as well as to genetic predisposition. Certain types of therapy, namely androgen and progestogen, may also result in hair loss and/or thinning.
Women recently diagnosed with cancer experience a host of varying emotions. Treatment for cancer is a scary, overwhelming experience, especially for the patient. Hair Loss and Chemotherapy is one of the most emotionally devastating side effects of this cancer treatment. Chemotherapy affects all growing cells in the body, including hair follicles.
When Cynthia Mulligan’s blond hair began to fall out she had it cut and went shopping for a wig with her young daughters. Cynthia Mulligan works as the Education Specialist and Host on CityNews Toronto. She is battling breast cancer and has come to see the latest technology in state-of-the-art wigs and hair additions. Her motto: “Look Good. Feel Good.”