Hair Loss? Heads Up, Ladies. Here's Help! (cont.)
I am 42 and holding.
You're near a perimenopausal age, so my first suggestion is getting your
hormones checked. I will find out about the flaxseed for you. I don't know of
any other answer for you at the moment, but I will find out.
There are a lot of articles saying shampoos use chemicals and are not good for
the hair. What is your opinion?
There are shampoos that use chemicals, and the more natural shampoo the better.
First of all, biotin is very good for the hair. Some say it's good for hair,
some say it's only good for the nails. My experience is it's been good for the
hair. I always believe going into a health food store, using the more natural
organic botanical shampoos are the best, versus over-the-counter regular
shampoos out there. Rusk hair care products are good.
My mother has very thin hair, but won't consider a wig. She says everyone will
know when she goes from wispy to wavy overnight. Are there ways to be gradual
about covering hair loss for those who don't want to be obvious about their new
I manufacture, and so do other people, a top piece that actually clips in that's
very thin hair specifically made to look gradual. So what someone would probably
say to her is, "Wow, something's different about you, you look so good, but I
just don't know what's different."
It comes in three different textures. So for someone that has very thinning
hair, you want to get the thinnest topical piece. Nobody will know you're
wearing it. They're straight, by the way; they're not wavy. You can curl them if
you want, because they're made of human hair. But nobody will know. Trust me.
My wife seems as concerned about her hair loss as she does her chemo treatments
and radiation. What can I do to help assure her that I, and others, will still
think she's wonderful, no matter how much hair she has?
First of all, the one fear that goes through a woman's mind is that the man's
going to leave. Pointing out all of her other positive attributes without saying
anything about the hair is the secret. Thus, building her self-esteem in the
interim, so that the hair loss becomes the least important thing she'll end up
worrying about. It works every time. And telling her you love her, you adore
her, and she's beautiful with or without hair also helps. It is vital.
One more thing that can help is getting personally involved. Now let me
explain. When I go out, mind you, all my wigs, "my girls," have names. So if I'm
out and my hair may be a little messy, or even if it isn't, my boyfriend will
say, "Let me brush the back of Elizabeth," or whoever I'm wearing. The intention
here is to join the process, which accomplishes two things. One, she's not
feeling so alienated, and two, it takes the pressure off of something being so
foreign and being much more innate.
You may want to brush her wig for her. You may want to, after she places the
wig on her head, say to her, "Give me the brush for just a second," and even if
it doesn't need brushing, fix it for her. And after fixing it, look at her, give
her a kiss, and say, "Boy, do you look gorgeous. That's my girl." She'll feel
like a million bucks.
We are almost out of time. Before we wrap things up for today, do you have any
final words for us, Amy?
Something I always say is, girls, we are more than hair. We are amazing people
that are multitasking, and that have an emotional depth that goes far beyond the
external. Hair loss is more common than you think. You're not alone, and when
you decide, "This is what I'm dealing with," you look at it realistically, you
don't go into denial, and decide at that point to be proactive. You will go from
feeling like a victim to feeling victorious.
I really hope I was able to alleviate some of your stress. Again, call me if
you need to. Set up an appointment. I'll be happy to help you. Crown and Glory
Enterprises can be reached at (310) 859-6906 or toll free at 1-877-FOR-WIGS.
Hair loss can be devastating, but you can live a normal life with it.
Our thanks to Amy Gibson for joining us. For more information on Amy's radio
show, Heads Up! please visit www.crownandgloryenterprises.com.
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