Who can you talk to?

Dealing with hair loss can be an extremely lonely experience. Unless you suffer from a sudden chronic case of hair loss, your hair loss will normally be a slow gradual experience that only you really will have to deal with. No matter what you may think, it is normally you who will notice your hair loss the most, and it is you who has to deal with it.

That doesn't mean that you have to deal with it alone however. Probably the most important people you can talk to are your close family and friends. If hair loss is causing you concern, let those concerns be known to those around you. A sad fact of life today is that it is perfectly ok to make fun of a male who is suffering from hair loss. The key word there is ‘suffering’ as that’s what most people with hair loss go through. Most other people don’t realize the impact that loss of hair can have on a person, and as such feel that most things are fair game. Letting your friends and family know how your hair loss is affecting you can help them to understand to be more sensitive toward you about that issue. You may also find that most people don’t notice your hair loss, or indeed even care.

If you are very concerned about your hair loss to the point that you believe it may be unnatural, or you wish to know what actions you can take to halt the process or even reverse it, a good place to start is with your local doctor. He or she will be able to run preliminary tests that will determine if your hair loss is due to abnormal factors and will be able to offer you impartial advice. Should the need arise you may be referred to a specialist dermatologist who can run further tests.

In the beginning stages of your research into hair loss it is strongly recommended that you gather as much impartial advice as you can. No doubt if you approach a hair specialist they will certainly try to hawk you their wares and may not have your best interests at heart. The more information you have at your disposal, the better you will be able to choose the correct way forward that suits your needs.

Above all, remember that you are not alone, and that nearly 40% of the population suffers from some degree of hair loss. The more comfortable you are about yourself the more comfortable you will feel about your hair loss – and talking openly about it is a good place to start.