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National Hair Loss Awareness Month begins in August, a worthy cause raising awareness for all types of hair loss. While it is usually a condition associated with men, 40% of sufferers are in fact female. Most women suffer in silence due to embarrassment but this awareness month aims to tackle the stigma head-on.
The majority of hair thinning cases in women are caused by hormones with stress and poor diet further contributing to the problem. According to the NHS, around 50% of women over the age of 65 experience female-pattern boldness, so why aren’t we talking about the issue if it is so common?
Jackie McKillop, Alopecia UK spokesperson says that society regards hair to be essential to how we look;
“For women, there is a social stigma attached to going bald,” she says. “Hair loss can affect your sensuality and how you perceive yourself. There are usually emotional trials and tribulations when it happens.”
One person helping the cause is SATC actress Kristin Davis who has revealed her own hair-thinning issues to WWD, “My hair just was not what it used to be,” she said. “It was very fine, like it had gone away, there just was hardly any hair there.”
Having beautiful hair is often associated with being attractive, particularly in a glamorous industry such as acting and so it is great to see high-profile hair loss sufferers discussing the issue.
While there is no definitive cure for the multiple different kinds of hair loss, the main aim of this campaign is to get people talking. The more discussion we have around hair loss, the less of a taboo it will be. Get talking and support the cause!
Further information about hair loss can be found here: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/hairloss/Pages/Womenandhairloss.aspx