Embarrassed by Thinning Hair? by Tracy

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Shedding hair is normal – and other than clogging drains and creating more vacuuming for you, it doesn’t usually create problems unless you start losing far more than the average 80 – 100 strands a day. But excessive loss of hair can be an embarrassing and stressful problem which is extremely common among females. Did you know that one in three women is likely to experience hair loss at some point in their lifetime?

The average age of women reporting thinning hair is 25 to 35 years old. Bad hair day jokes aside, it’s hard to be confident when you are worried about others noticing your thinning hair. Try to remember that you are not alone: one out of three women has this very common problem! Stress, aging, hormonal imbalances, genetics, and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome can all trigger hair loss.

PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)

The exact cause of PCOS is not yet known but appears related to higher levels of insulin in the body, resulting in excess testosterone, weight gain, enlarged ovaries and the growth of follicular cysts. There are genetic tendencies. PCOS is usually diagnosed in teenagers and women in their early 20s, often causing hair loss in young women of child-bearing age.

Loss of Hair Volume vs Pattern Baldness

Is your hair thinning or is has hair shed resulted in bald patches?  Believe it or not, there is a difference!

Bald patches are what we’re all used to talking about in the hair loss community. These are areas on the scalp where the hair fell out as part of its normal cycle or regrowth, but for one reason or another, decided not to grow back! This can result in diffuse hair loss – this is hair loss all over the head instead of in large patches – or the more traditional sort of “patchy” hair loss that we generally associate with men or folks with autoimmune or chemical alopecia.

But what about thin, limp hair? It hasn’t fallen out resulting in bald patches. So what is that all about?

This could be the result of hormonal hair thinning. Women often experience a loss of hair volume, particularly when their hormones fluctuate. So, while the total number of hairs on a woman’s head may not decrease very drastically, the individual strands may instead shrink to a smaller diameter, causing a lack of volume. This makes the hair look thinner or sparser, which results in a loss of fullness and scalp areas becoming more visible.

This can sometimes seem like a “splitting hair” (pardon the bad pun) kind of distinction because the end result is often the same. You may even need the help of a medical professional to determine which of these issues is causing your hair woes and the underlying condition at fault, if there is one.

No matter the case or the cause, women with hair loss often find themselves with finer, ultra-thin hair strands that can’t or won’t grow past a certain length, causing “baby fuzz” and sparse patches in what used to be a fuller hairline. Fortunately, there are a few good options for women who want to hide areas of thinning hair and partial hair loss! Cysterwigs has many great products to help conceal thinning hairlines and bring back the volume.

Wigs, Wiglets, Toppers from Cysterwigs

You can choose from a wide variety of wigs – but there are also many great styles of “wiglets”, “toppers”, and other hairpieces fashioned to match your hair color and look while helping conceal various types of partial hair loss. We try to take the stress out of this process so you can focus on living  great life instead of the situation on your scalp.

Heather and the rest of the team here at CysterWigs do a great job of cultivating collections of wiglets/toppers, wigs, and accessories that take a lot of the stress out of shopping for hair online. They work with a wide network of social media and quality control reviewers to help determine if a style is worthy of their cherished clientele. If the hair appears grossly overpriced, overhyped, out of style, or fake, they won’t sell it. They even put “expiration dates” on every listing on the main CysterWigs site to indicate how long a wig or topper will last you. They also indicate the origin and reason for markdown on every piece on their clearance site – WigCloseouts.com. No other stores do that to my knowledge. It’s a very real way that CysterWigs sticks their necks out to help eliminate guesswork for us – and I love that about them! I’m so proud to be associated with such a caring organization!

Thank you for reading this post. It’s been a pleasure writing for you. Here’s looking forward to the future!

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Stressing Over Hair Loss by Tracy

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Having a bad hair day really can affect your mood and confidence. It’s hard to put your best foot forward when you feel like your tresses are a mess!

You might already know that stress can disrupt sleep and upset your stomach, but did you realize it can literally make your hair fall out?

This is because hormones levels change with stress, which can cause hair loss in women, along with other scalp issues like dandruff. So, if you find yourself losing hair rapidly, or notice a lack of hair volume and thinning areas that expose more of your scalp, it could be caused by stress. But there are a lot of other potential triggers, so you may need professional help to figure out the cause of hair loss and to address your thinning hair issues.

Here are some of the issues that could potentially be going on.

Reactive Hair Loss

This type of hair loss happens due to some type of a trigger or an imbalance like severe stress, extreme dieting, illness, or a deficiency. If you are experiencing sudden hair loss or thinning, please do not hesitate to consult a physician. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (or PCOS) is a hormonal condition with a wide range of symptoms, including hair loss, which frequently goes undiagnosed. Some other common conditions that may cause excess shedding or reactive hair loss can include:

• Childbirth
• Aging and menopause
• Anemia or lack of iron
• Vitamin B12 deficiency
• Hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism
• Dramatic weight loss

Genetic Hair Loss

If your relatives have thinning hair or bald heads, chances are good that those genes may have been passed on to you. While genetics play a big role in hair loss, women do lose hair differently than men. Men tend to develop male-pattern baldness. As a woman you might notice a loss of volume in your hair or develop sparse or thin patches, with the scalp becoming more visible in certain areas. This is due to hair follicles shrinking and producing finer hair strands.

We’ve got your back…and sides…and tops

Without a doubt, hair loss can be emotionally devastating – even though it is very common – with about one of every three ladies experiencing it sometime in their life. At Cysterwigs, we want you to feel confident and fabulous, even on the worst of hair days. You don’t need to have a diagnosis of PCOS to join our “CysterHood” of support, advice, fun, fashion, and understanding.

Our focus is providing affordable, high quality fashionable options for women with hair loss of any type, including those with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. We are a great source of on-trend, well-made, natural-looking wigs, wiglets and other hair accessories that will transform your look and attitude. If you love wigs, we love you!

Thank you so much for reading our blog. Have a lovely day from everyone here at CysterWigs!

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