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By: Maddie Poteat

August is National Hair Loss Awareness Month, a national holiday dedicated to raising awareness around this emotionally taxing condition affecting both men and women. Though the causes of hair loss differ from person to person, the toll on one’s confidence and self-image is the same.

Fortunately, there are options available to treat your current hair loss condition and prevent further shedding or thinning, while also learning how to shift your outlook from embarrassment to empowerment. If you want to gain a better understanding of hair loss and the kind of support you may need to surpass it, then refer to the following for more information.

How to Cope With Hair Loss

If you are frustrated at the rate in which your hair is falling out, know that you’re not suffering alone. An astonishing 40 percent of women will experience noticeable hair loss by the age of 40, and approximately 40 percent of men will have noticeably thinning hair by the time they reach 50.

Since society tends to consider the balding process more acceptable for men than for women, there is a lingering misconception that men don’t face the same emotional burdens of the condition. In reality, research proves otherwise. Polling has shown that more than half of all people experiencing hair loss would rather have more hair than money and friends and would spend their life savings to regain a full head of hair – men included. When hair loss robs both men and women of their personal expression, self-esteem, and outward confidence, how does one cope?

First, it’s important to not sweep your concerns (and shedding hair) under the rug. If you aren’t at peace with the state of your hair, then it’s crucial to put the time and effort into looking at all of your options. A solution may be as simple as finding the right cut or color that makes your hair appear thicker and fuller.  One of our talented barbers or stylists can be a great resource for arranging a new cut or hairdo. Not to mention they can lead you in the right direction towards hairpieces like wigs or extensions.

How to Treat Hair Loss

How to Treat Hair Loss

If you’re looking to cure your thinning hair as opposed to covering it up, the best place to start is with your primary care doctor who will be able to look at possible causes related to iron deficiency, thyroid issues, lupus, and more. From that point, they will be able to refer you to a specialist who can look further into the patterns of your hair loss and draw conclusions based on your habits, lifestyle, and family history.  DGMD Medical, located right here in Omaha, NE, is a great resource when it comes to hair loss.  Specializing in hair restoration for both men and women, Dr. Gross and his team can help you understand what is going on and how you can fix it.

While you’re waiting for your appointment with a specialist, be proactive and get a head start on your hair loss treatment regimen by educating yourself on the various components of hair loss, along with common hair loss treatments that don’t require an in-office visit. Find common ground with bloggers and influencers online who are open and honest about their hair loss story, and don’t be afraid to reach out and connect with them. Ask questions about which supplements and techniques seemed to work best for them. Some people might swear by supplements like saw palmetto, while others may have found salvation in stress management techniques (like these from BetterHelp) and increased omega3 fatty acids. Take an interest in learning about hair loss now, so when your appointment does come along, you are fully equipped with adequate background information.

This National Hair Loss Awareness Month, dare to be honest with yourself. Is the current state of your hair stealing your confidence and preventing you from being your true, authentic self? Remember that you are not alone! The perfect solution for you is out there – all you have to do is find it!