They say a woman’s crown is her hair. But what happens when she starts experiencing hair loss? Does she become less of a woman?
Even the world most read book, the Bible, has something to say about a woman’s hair. Corinthians 11:15 But for a woman, if her hair is abundant, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given to her for a covering.
Hair loss can be one of the most devastating experiences any woman can ever go through.
Statistics show that one in every two women will experience noticeable hair loss within their lifetime.
When women start losing hair, it can be due to many reasons ranging from age, genes, pregnancy and birth, and most importantly, medical reasons.
There are different ways in which women can deal with this. However, to properly deal with hair loss, every woman needs to know the specific cause.
Dealing with each case
Women who are older than 40
For women who are in their 40s going up, losing hair becomes more common. It is during this time that menopause kicks in. With menopause comes a drop in estrogen levels and with this, your hair tends to become thinner, especially at the top and sides of your scalp.
If you are over 40 and start to experience hair loss, I would say, embrace it. However, if you can consult an expert on how to manage hair loss and possibly regrow it.
You can also consider hair transplant surgery, try thickening shampoos and conditioners, stocking up on Vitamin D and trying growth boosters.
However, before trying anything new, always consult an expert.
Just had a baby
If you just had a baby, expect to start losing hair. Science says that losing about 80 hairs a day is normal, but new moms shed about 400 hairs a day.
This comes with the stress of dealing with a newborn, the drop in hormones and breastfeeding.
Luckily for new moms, the lost hair tends to grow about 6 to 12 months after having your baby.
However, to minimize the rate at which you lose hair, you can try to minimize your stress level, maintaining a good diet with lots of proteins.
Even so, that hair will grow back. So, take it easy!
Chemotherapy and other medications
Cancer comes with a lot of downsides. When you start chemotherapy, hair loss begins.
This is because chemo attack rapidly growing cancer cells. Unfortunately, these drugs also attack other rapidly growing cells in your body — including those in your hair roots.
Women in this stage find it best to embrace the hair loss and live this best lives. However, if you don’t, it’s also okay.
You could invest in a good wig that makes you feel confident and still beautiful.
Hairstyles and Harsh chemicals
Black women tend to over manipulate their hair. Tight braids may place too much tension on the hair and scalp.
Relaxers and hair colouring products can damage hair follicles and strands and lead to hair loss.
I always say that it’s about time we embraced our afros and natural hair. If not, it’s always best to invest in protective hairstyles such as good wigs.