Generally, hair loss, also known as alopecia (‘lack of hair’), can be divided into two categories: temporary and permanent hair loss. Thin hair or hair loss may be the result of diseases such as androgenic alopecia or it may be caused by critical illness and the subsequent treatment. Some women may experience losing some or all of their hair due to hormonal changes or breastfeeding.
Thin hair or baldness makes the scalp very exposed and does not provide sufficient protection against warm or cold weather or the harmful radiation from the sun. Besides the physical disadvantages of losing hair or having thin hair, some women also find it mentally challenging. A lot of our identity lies in our hair, sometimes more than we realise until we lose it. But thankfully there are many beautiful options for head coverings that will make you feel like yourself again after losing your hair.
Temporary hair loss
Temporary hair loss is usually caused by medical treatment for a disease. One of the most common side effects of medication is that it affects the cells of the hair follicles, causing patients to lose some or all of their hair from both head and body. This type of hair loss is known as anagen effluvium. The level of hair loss depends on the type of medication the patient gets.
Hair loss often sets in shortly after the beginning of a medical treatment. Most patients experience patchy baldness at first, losing their hair completely as the treatment continues. There is no cure for hair loss caused by medication, but fortunately most patients' hair grows back again 2-3 months after completion of their treatment. The new hair may look different from what it looked like before the treatment in terms of both colour and texture. However, in the long run most patients will get their normal hair back.
Another form of temporary hair loss is caused by stress. If the body is exposed to mental or physical stress, it may cause sudden hair loss with large tufts of hair falling out. This type of hair loss is called patchy baldness or alopecia areata. Fortunately, patchy baldness caused by stress is also temporary. Once the balance of the body has been restored, and it is free from the stress that caused the hair loss, most people will get their normal hair back.
Some women suffer from thin hair due to either hormonal changes or disease. The condition can be temporary or of a permanent nature. Whatever the reason, having thin hair, in some cases the scalp is visible though the hair, can be a challenge for most women. Christine Headwear offers many opportunities for women with thin hair. You can use our headwear to cover your hair completely or you can show parts of your hair. Maybe let a bit of hair show under a scarf or use a headband that covers the top of your head and can be styled and draped to show more or less hair.
Permanent hair loss in women
Permanent hair loss, also known as androgenic alopecia, appears in both men and women. Androgenic alopecia in women is also referred to as female pattern baldness. At the age of 50, 20-25% of women show signs of female pattern baldness. Hair loss may also result in patchy baldness (alopecia areata), which is a relatively frequent type of hair loss causing baldness in one or several oval patches.
As permanent hair loss is most common in men, and because a lot of the female identity often lies within the hair, it can be difficult to cope with losing one’s hair as a woman. In the case of female pattern baldness, the hair does not grow back; it is a permanent condition that the woman must learn to live with, and it may have large mental and cosmetic consequences for the individual woman.
Subsidy – Denmark
In Denmark, women who suffer from temporary or permanent hair loss due to illness can apply for a subsidy from the government to purchase various medical accessories such as head scarves or wigs. The objective of the accessories should be to improve the women's quality of life and increase their self-esteem. If you have been granted a subsidy from the Danish government, you can use it to shop Christine Headwear.