Today we’re going to talk about something that many of us might be a little shy to talk about. Hair loss and hair thinning is a problem that many of us face but don’t discuss. This month happens to be Hair Loss Awareness Month, so I think it’s appropriate to bring this common issue that many including myself, are experiencing to the forefront. Hair loss may seem to be a cosmetic and superficial issue, but the potential impact on our self esteem speaks volumes. Thankfully there are solutions that we can use to help restore the confidence we need in ourselves (and our hairlines).
Did you know that studies show 25% of women and 40% of men between 25 year to 30 years of age experience thinning hair? How crazy is that? I did not know that hair loss was that common – but it’s nice to know we’re not alone! According to a 2012 study by the National Institute of Health, 29% of women suffering from hair loss reported two or more symptoms of depression. Finally, of those experiencing hair loss, as many as 51% shy away from taking photos, 47% avoid social events and even 40% avoid meeting new people. More people deal with hair loss than you might think, but luckily, there are ways to take control.
Thinning hair is no mystery in my family. My dad and mom both experienced it as they hit their 40s. My older sister even dealt with it at a young age. At 26 years old, her hair went through a dramatic thinning phase, which negatively affected her self esteem. She tried every strange home remedy to thicken her hair without success. After consulting with her dermatologist, she started using Rogaine on a regular basis to treat her condition. Now her hair is absolutely beautiful, full, shiny, dark and long down to her waistline. She now has hair that I would only dream to have. I never had dense hair growing up and to be honest, I was a little bit envious.
My sister / her hair is not color treated
My experience with hair loss is a little different. Everyone’s hair thins a bit as they get older, but I have put my poor hair through a lot of wear and weathering. I’ve been with short hair for the last 3 years because a colorist used a bleach so harsh that my hair melted off. It was terrifying to say the least. And with my family’s history of hair loss, I know I’m already susceptible to thinning hair, so the different chemical treatments, color changes and that last horrific hair melting incident definitely do not help. Ever since then, it’s been extremely tough to grow my hair back to its thick and healthy state. I just want my hair to feel full and long again. It’s been a frustrating experience growing my hair out for the past years, so I’m now finally taking control. My parents both experienced thinning hair and with everything I put my hair through, I felt that it’s time to take care of it.
Me getting ready to go out to an event
As part of my hair journey, I’m starting my Rogaine treatment to help me along the process with new growth. This is a long term commitment and the process will take lots of patience and care – but using the product is easy to integrate into your daily routine. Whether thinning hair runs in your family or you made a few mistakes in the past that affected your hair to cause it to thin, start taking action now and do something about it. Luckily for my sister she was able to get back her hair with the use of Rogaine, so I know the effort is worth it. I’m looking forward to starting my new regimen and seeing where it takes me. Until then I will keep you updated on my progress in a future post!
Ready to head out!
FTC: Thank you Rogaine for sponsoring this post.