For those of us who have to live with hair loss or have family members and friends who suffer hair loss, we know how much this can impact our self-image and self-esteem. The unwanted stares we get from people, the innuendos and intrusive questions we have to live with. Hair loss does not constitute the 50-100 strands of hair we normally lose a day. Hair loss occurs when the hair follicles are destroyed, leaving scar tissue.
There are many causes of hair loss, such as those mentioned below. Instead of hiding from the public whilst we treat these causes and rebuild our self-confidence, one quick, affordable and temporary solution to hair loss is to wear wigs.
Causes of hair loss
According to Mayo Clinic, hair loss can be caused by:
- Family history (heredity), i.e. male-pattern baldness or female-pattern baldness whichbegins with a receding hairline and ends with thinning hair or bald spots. Family history can also determine the age, rate and extent of hair loss.
- Hormonal changes (e.g. pregnancy, childbirth, menopause) and thyroid problems.
- Medical conditions such as i) alopecia areata (patchy hair loss that is non-scarring but leaves smooth and round bald patches on the skin); ii) scalp infections (e.g. ringworm) which leave scaly patches; iii) skin disorders (e.g. lichen planus, lupus and sarcoidosis which could result in permanent hair loss in area of scarring); iv) hair-pulling disorder which cause people to pull out hair from their body.
- Medications used to treat cancer, heart problems, depression, hypertension, arthritis and birth control, or too much vitamin A
- Radiation therapy to the head.
- Trigger events that cause emotional or physical shock to the body (e.g. death of loved one, excessive weight loss, surgery, high fever).
- Excessive hair treatments that damage hair follicles (e.g. hot oil hair treatments, perms, pigtails/cornrows).
If you find yourself in any of the above predicaments, there are a variety of wigs available today. There are: i) synthetic wigs which are cheaper and easier to maintain than human hair wigs but require specific hair products; ii) human hair wigs which are the most natural and undetectable and can be treated the same way as your natural hair; iii) lace front wigs which is a non-surgical hair replacement that looks closest to your natural hair and can be worn daily for weeks; iv) top pieces which are great for concealing thinning crown hair or adding volume to your natural hair and has an almost invisible hair line attachment.
Besides the different types of wigs, there are also the different cap designs (i.e. mono base, non-mono base and lace). The mono base cap looks most like the natural scalp because it allows the natural scalp colour to show through and hair is usually sewn by hand. The non-mono base cap is the most common wig cap and is not visible through the hair which is sewn by machine. The lace front wig cap provides a natural looking hairline and allows the wearer to style the hair off the face.
Finally, there are rebates and subsidies available for the purchase of wigs through healthcare providers