By CysterWigs Contributor
Dealing with hair loss can be super isolating, but it doesn’t have to be a journey that you take alone. Many people out there are looking for ways to help manage their hair loss.
Whether it is caused by hormonal changes, stress, medicine, or other factors, please understand that you’re not going through it alone. In 2017, approximately 35 million men and 21 million women suffered from hair loss in the United States. What does that mean for you? It means you are in good company. While your lives may be different, you can still learn a great deal from the experiences of others. Below are a few tips to help you find your tribe so you can connect over hair loss—or completely get away from it, if you want to.
The best way to find others is to visit Google. Type in the name of your condition or type of hair loss along with support group and your local area to see if anything pops up
Eg: Female pattern hair loss support group in Texas
Instagram and YouTube are great sources as well. Use hashtags or keywords to seek out people with similar conditions. Pinterest and hair loss-related message boards can also help you find people without having to do so in person. You can also search YouTube for vloggers who talk about hair loss. With YouTube, you can watch videos whenever it suits you in the comfort of your own home. It’s perfect for people who don’t always want to be around other people, but still want some sort of human connection. And don’t forget Facebook. There are a lot of groups on there. If you don’t find one, why not start one for people in your area!
If you were formally diagnosed with hair loss, ask your doctor if he or she knows about any hair loss support groups, or knows of any other patients who are open and willing to talk to others about their condition. Doctors, dermatologists, trichologists, and hairstylists work with a lot of people who have similar, if not the same conditions. They might be willing to set something up or they might know about events that you can attend.
Meetup and Eventbrite
There is a group for everyone and everything. Even if you decide not to join one focused on hair loss, there are so many others that you may find interesting and they’re usually free or low cost. So, check out local event or group sites like Meetup or Eventbrite to see what’s happening around you.
Last but not least, don’t be afraid to speak out. Even though we might feel isolated, many people have similar trials to bear. Speaking about your experiences can often lead to newly formed friendships, as truly you never know what someone else is experiencing. So, don’t be afraid to share your truth.