Let’s face it: our hair is like our crowing glory, and hair loss of any kind and for any reason is distressing, and can change how you feel about yourself. This is especially true for women as we feel pressure to live up to perceived ideals and beauty standards. But chances are, at some point in our lives we will experience thinning hair, whether from hormones, post-pregnancy, illness, age, heredity, or stress. Getting to the root (pardon the pun) of hair loss requires an examination by a physician or dermatologist in order to consider medical treatments, but there are some temporary fixes that can conceal the issue, letting us feel like ourselves again - which is huge! Here are three game-changing, confidence-boosting options:
Semi-permanent micro-blading: commitment level - high:
TikTok influencer Hannah Jarrah recently revealed that she was micro-blading her widening hair part which she attributed to her use of birth control pills. Micro-blading is a technique normally used to fill in sparse eyebrows, and is a hand-done process where a technician applies cosmetic pigments to the dermis layer of the skin using small blades to draw on ultra-fine hairs which creates a temporary effect, unlike tattoo pigments which are applied below the dermis layer and result in a permanent effect.
- Immediate results that last from one year to eighteen months
- Pain level is considered low, much like eyebrow plucking
- It takes 2 to 4 sessions, to allow for refining and tweaking
- Cost depends on the area to be treated and number of sessions
- Ask a dermatologist to recommend a technician who is very experienced with the scalp and hairline, not just eyebrows
- Make sure they use disposable tools and pigments approved by the FDA for cosmetic use
- Pay attention to the color of pigment used: if you change your hair color or get highlights the color won’t match, so consider your longterm expectations and goals
Hair Topper Extensions: commitment level - medium:
For those with overall thinning of hair with pronounced areas of exposed scalp, hair toppers are a great solution. Toppers are lightweight and easily snap in to cover the top of the head creating a full part and volume, and can be combined with halo extensions or clip-ins for even fuller or longer looks. The impact can be dramatic and life-changing for those with hair loss that extends beyond the hair part. Take your topper to your regular hair stylist to have them cut and style it to create exactly the look you want, that works for your hair loss. Investing in a topper means that every day does not automatically become a hat day.
Cosmetic touch-up: commitment level - low:
If your hair is sparse around your temples when pulling your hair back into a updo or from a widening part, using a root powder to conceal the scalp that is showing through is an easy-to-use quick-fix. Color Wow Root Cover-Up comes in eight shades, and is easily applied to dry hair. Press the brush firmly into the roots of the hair and work outwards, avoiding a sweeping action which would distribute the powder into the hair rather than onto the scalp. Use the wide tip on the dual ended brush to apply powder in broader areas, and the finer tip for more precise application in smaller patches. Don’t sweat the small stuff: Color Wow Root Cover-up must be shampooed out of hair to be removed, so it won’t wear off when you work out, or even when swimming. Tip: tight ponytails like our Hidden Crown Bungee Ponytail placed high on the head can make hair look sparse along the scalp. Apply the powder along the hairline to give the look of thicker, fuller hair.
Hair loss can radically affect how we feel about ourselves, but there are solutions to help us feel better about ourselves in a situation where we have little control. Share with us your stories, questions, and before and after pics of how you cope with hair loss. We’d love to hear from you!