I spent so many years absolutely consumed by my hair loss. I can’t tell you how many hours of sleep I lost from late night ‘hair loss solutions’ google searches. Something that really helped me was learning to accept the facts. It helped me free up space in my brain and stop worrying about the things I couldn’t change.
Acceptance completely changed how I viewed the path ahead of me. After being so consumed by searching for a solution, I could finally just let myself be. I wasn't constantly worried about fixing my hair loss. I wasn't constantly worried about whether my hair would some day grow back. I could accept it for what it was. "I have alopecia. My hair is falling out. I am not alone in this. So, what do I do next?".
Here are some facts about female hair loss which could help you like they helped me.
- 50% of women experience hair loss at some point in their lifetime. I am not alone.
- Medications such as minoxidil only help 1 in 5 women. If these medications don’t work for me, I am not broken. There isn’t something wrong with me. Medications are not a full-proof solution.
- Hair loss affects over 30 million women in the United States.
- 50% of women experience hair loss after giving birth. 50% of women experience hair loss during menopause.
- Scientists still don’t know exactly what causes hair loss. It is not my fault or something I have done to myself.
- There are many forms of hair loss. My hair loss journey might not look the same as other people and that’s okay.
- Hair loss isn’t currently a ‘curable’ condition. But there are solutions.
Once we accept these facts, we can start looking to the future. It’s time to let go off the things we can’t change and start finding ways to cope.