It’s OK to talk about thinning hair. There are few limits on the topics we women talk freely about. In real life, and online, we discuss our professional lives, biological cycles, relationships, finances, cosmetic procedures, and etc. One topic that is less-discussed, and perceived to be a bit embarrassing, is thinning hair.
It’s extraordinarily common after age 40 or so. About 85% of women in my age group (I’m 65) report thinning hair. It can take the form of a widening part, wispy temples, overall thinning, or in my case, gradual hair loss at the crown. I hardly noticed mine until I got out the hand mirror and – wow, there’s some scalp showing back there!
Of course, dramatic or sudden hair loss should be investigated by medical professionals. Many health issues contribute to hair loss, including thyroid imbalance, hormonal changes, and nutrition. My thinning, and most mid-life women’s thinning, is “normal” age-related change. I still don’t like it one bit!
I have always had fine, curly hair, and curls can give the illusion of having more hair. As a young women, it was more bountiful, although the individual strands have always been fine. About fifteen years ago I started noticing sparse areas at the back of my head, and there’s been no meaningful improvement. I have tried hair vitamins, scalp products, massage, and more. This is pretty much what I’ve got to work with.
I have been stalling the hair-loss process with Rogaine once a day. I have added this one more daily routine to the growing list of “stuff to do to stay presentable”. I use some brush-in hair powder in my thinning areas, and occasionally a sprinkle of keratin fibers, like Toppik. It’s pretty good stuff, but nothing like real hair, baby.
I have also experimented with clip-in hair, and mostly found success with full wigs. I used to have an irrational fear of fake hair, of people noticing it on my head and making fun. I know, I am twelve! In real life, I see women every day who have “alternative hair” and I barely notice it. I’ve read that virtually every celebrity uses add-in hair and wouldn’t be caught out in public without.
“Nobody gets comfortable with their hair. Hair trauma. It’s the universal thing.”-Jamie Lee Curtis
Do any of you have experience with adding-on hair? I don’t expect you to tell all, or reveal secrets — maybe you know someone who’s dealing with gradual hair loss. Maybe it’s your older relatives. We needn’t be embarrassed, though, we are more than our hair. Even all-the-way-bald is beautiful, when the beauty inside shines out.
Stay fabulous and safe, wash and wash and wash (your hands), xo
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