Most women hold a special value to their hair, whether it be color, style, volume, etc. It is a symbol for both health and vitality, and it can be a standout way to express individuality. Everyone is unique, and so is their hair. So, when a woman looks down at her brush or the shower drain and sees hair falling out or shedding, noticing the increasing signs of thinning or balding, it is obviously demoralizing and traumatizing.
Especially for a woman, hair loss can be a crisis of vanity and sanity. And it’s not so rare as you might think, where research shows that thirty percent of women tend to report serious hair loss by the age of thirty. By age fifty, this hair loss statistic grows to 50 percent. While there can be several reasons for a woman to experience hair loss, it may come as a small comfort to know that there are also several options to help turn the tide.
We have all seen the hair infomercials (mostly targeting men) and advertisements for Rogaine, with before and after photos. Rogaine (minoxidil) and Propecia (finasteride) are the two most common treatments out on the market for treating hair loss. This is because hair loss treatments tend to favor men, which does make sense considering it is more prevalent among men than women.
And many of these medications and treatment options that have been available for men tend to not be as available or effective for women, bringing on the need to compensate and camouflage their hair loss.
Celebrities such as Bruce Willis, Vin Diesel, Samuel L. Jackson, or Pitbull have made a “bald” statement, making baldness look sexy, instead of receiving today’s backlash and negative connotation. For men, it seems that baldness and hair loss is socially acceptable and physically appealing. Although, in the tabloids, until very recently, we had rarely seen female celebrities shave their head and go bald, as baldness still culturally hasn’t become as socially accepted for women.
It is usually uncommon for women to flaunt bald spots or hair thinning, and they can even be hidden behind extensions, wigs, and hair products that make hair thicker and more voluminous. There is definitely a double standard in the way female-pattern baldness is perceived. The notion that men experience more hair loss than women is true, but the way society portrays hair loss for women is not.
So, the obvious truth is that hair loss and baldness can also happen to women, and it is called female-pattern baldness. In fact, up to 40 percent of hair loss sufferers are women.
Before women start looking for a solution to their hair loss in a box from the drugstore or a pill bottle, doctors are encouraging them to look inside their bodies, and see that the reasons for hair loss can be linked to underlying health conditions, aging, hormonal imbalances, stress, and more. So, with most hair-loss treatment methods targeted to men, where or who can women turn to for help?
If you are a woman experiencing hair loss and need treatment, MAXiM Hair Restoration is here to help break the hair loss stereotype. We have locations in New York, Long Island, Connecticut, Chicago, Dallas, and the Washington, DC area. Contact MAXiM today for a consultation. With several options to choose from, whether via medication or hair transplant procedure, MAXiM can help women restore their desired image and confidence.