If you think of the word “balding”, you may immediately imagine middle-aged men with receding hairlines. Although there are more men turning towards hair restoration procedures, women are also candidates for hair transplant. Women also have the threat of losing their hair more rapidly than the normal way because of the different chemicals they wash and style their hair with.
Answering the Question
So yes, women are actually candidates for hair transplants. In fact, studies show that 6 out of 10 women suffer from balding or thinning of hair. As there are newer methods of hair transplants that appear more natural and long-lasting, women have a lot of options to looking good (with hair) again.
Hair Loss/Thinning Vs. Balding
Balding is the process where hair falls out and no new hairs will grow in their place. Hair loss/thinning is simply the loss of hair in certain areas of the head and the possibility of other hair “replacements” is possible, but it may be a while. This nuance is something that you should remember so that you will know how to properly deal with your situation.
Also, hair loss is different for women. While men lose their hair by becoming bald and the baldness starting from their foreheads or at the crown, women’s hair just thins out and the hairs in the front and the sides usually remain intact. It’s like a Barbie doll-look.
When women start seeing stray hairs on their pillows, they easily become shaken. This is because of women’s fear of becoming bald. You know how the hair is paid so much attention when it comes to judging a woman’s beauty. In fact, the words “crowning glory” are directly associated with the hair. So, when something unusual is happening to a woman’s hair (e.g. become burnt by a hair iron, has the wrong cut, “died” because of a hair treatment gone wrong), it is utterly heartbreaking for the woman. Yes, even hair loss/thinning.
The Social Battle
Whenever the quality of the hair is being threatened, a woman easily loses her confidence and can actually result in more dangerous psychological results. In fact, there have been cases of suicide directly linked to a woman’s hair loss. Even in this day and age many people think about a woman’s hair loss as a symbol of femininity.
If you’re one of these women who suffer from hair loss, if it’s not that grave yet, don’t overanalyze things. You need to quantify first what’s “hair loss” and what’s not. This is because it is normal to shed off 50-100 strands of hair every day. They just, naturally, fall out. They fall out when you brush your hair, when you walk around, when you do and undo your hairstyle and even whenever you tuck hair behind your ear. However, if you think the number that you see in your hairbrush + the bathroom + your pillow is abnormal, perhaps you’re suffering from hair loss/ thinning.
What you need to remember is that sometimes, it’s only you who is being paranoid about the thinness of your hair. If it’s not really that obvious, do not lose confidence in yourself. Rather than allowing yourself to fall into a downward spiral of negative self-image, do not fall into this trap. The best thing that you can do is to simply see a specialist.
Finding the Right Cure
There are many products on the market that promise thicker hair, a healthier scalp and some creams that encourage hair growth. However, these things are not curable especially if the case is really grave. Take, for example, women who have clumps of hair falling out when they brush their hair. It’s as if they’ve undergone Chemotherapy! The super power shampoos and wonder creams are not able to cure these things and you should remember that. Only a hair transplant surgery or any other medical hair restoration procedure will solve that problem.
For women, there are options to choose from. First, there is a cosmetic procedure known as “extension installation” wherein there is a semblance of “grafting” but it doesn’t really include having donor tissues. It just “extends” the hairs and thus makes it look fuller and longer.
Second, there is an anti-baldness pill called Propecia. It has recently been proven safe for women.
Third, there is always the option of a hair restoration procedure or a hair transplant, which costs relatively higher but, with good research, will give you a better result.