A Positive Attitude Can Help You Cope With Hair Loss

As we discussed in our last blog post, coping with hair loss can be a difficult thing. It can color your days and overshadow your happy moments. Having a positive attitude toward life and hair loss can help you cope – but that’s much easier said than done.

 

Before we continue, we first want to urge anyone who is having trouble dealing with hair loss to discuss your feelings with a professional. Hair loss is a very real cause of depression and related ailments, and if that’s the case for you, you may need help to address and overcome those roadblocks.

 

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So how can you have a more positive attitude when you’re dealing with hair loss? Here are a few tips:

 

Treat yourself like you’d treat others.

Would you shame one of your close friends or family members who had bald spots or complete hair loss? Would you say that they are any less attractive because of it? Of course not. So don’t talk about yourself that way either.

 

Surround yourself with positive people.

We all have a couple of Debbie Downers in our lives. It may be a good idea to take a break from those people until you’re feeling more emotionally stable. Instead, spend time with people who inspire you and help you to see the good things in life.

 

Laugh as often as you can.

Laughter truly is the best medicine, so find ways to have fun! Watch funny movies, see comedy shows and spend time with the people that make you laugh.

 

Engage in self-care.

Get a massage, take a yoga class, go for a long walk, dig in the garden, meditate, or do whatever makes you feel happy, healthy and at peace.

 

If you’re considering hair restoration or replacement, our discrete Minneapolis hair restoration salon carries a wide variety of hair systems, wigs, hair extensions and more. Our experienced and understanding hair replacement professionals can help you to find the best solution for you and your situation, goals and budget. Contact us today for a free consultation!

 

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Coping with Hair Loss

When you’re experiencing hair loss, it can be difficult to focus on anything else. It feels like all anyone sees is your thinning hair or bald spots. Carrying on with daily life, spending time with friends or even going out in public seems impossible. No matter the reason or degree, coping with hair loss can be very difficult. It’s important to recognize the emotional burden and take steps to address it.

 

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First and most importantly, know that you’re not alone. It is estimated that 30 million women in the United States suffer from hair loss. It may seem that everyone around you has a thick head of hair, but there are millions of other women across the country dealing with thinning hair just like you are.

 

It may help to find a hair loss forum or group – either online or in person – in which you can discuss your feelings about hair loss and how it is affecting your life. There is great comfort in solidarity, and finding others in the same situation as you can give you strength to deal with the most difficult days.

 

When you’re having trouble coping with hair loss, try to focus on what you have, not what you don’t. That may be other physical features, skills or career accomplishments, your family or friends, hobbies or fitness, or anything else that makes you feel happy and healthy. Remember that life is rich and multifaceted, and your hair loss is only one aspect of that.

 

If you’re considering hair restoration or replacement, proactively exploring and knowing the available options can help you feel better and more in control of your situation.

 

And finally, give yourself permission to feel how you feel, and seek professional help if you’re having trouble dealing with your emotions. Hair loss can have a very real effect on emotional wellbeing, and it’s important not to minimize that.

 

If you’re ready to explore hair replacement or restoration services, give DK International a call. Our Minneapolis clinic has the best and latest in hair systems, wigs and hair solutions, hair extensions and more. We can help you to find the best solution for your lifestyle, goals and budget. You don’t have to go through hair loss alone – call us today.

 

Reminder! Our spring Cyberhair sale runs through June 30. Don’t miss this great deal on the innovative Cyberhair system!

 

What are the Causes of and Treatments for Trichotillomania?

Understanding Obsessive Hair Pulling Disorder (Trichotillomania)

Hair-pulling, or trichotillomania, is a repetitive behavior of pulling out one’s hair, most commonly on the scalp, eyebrows or eyelashes. Here are some symptoms of trichotillomania, as well as causes and treatments from  Mentalhealthamerica.net.

Trichotillomania is categorized as a medical illness as well as an obsessive compulsive order. It usually starts in adolescents, ages 9-13, peaking around 12 and 13 years old. It may be caused simply from stress or boredom, but also as a result of a stressful event such as abuse, a family conflict or death in the family.

Symptoms include:

  • trichotillomania_eyelash_pullingPulling hair resulting in noticeable hairloss
  • Tension right before pulling hair
  • Relief or gratification when pulling out hair
  • Inability to stop, even after repeated attenpts to reduce hair pulling
  • Distress in social or occupational situations
  • Loss of control, embarrassment, shame

This reoccurring disorder does not lead to any dramatic medical problems, but directly affects one’s self-esteem and body image. One might feel ridicule from family and friends, which leads to avoiding relationships or social gatherings. The development can be life-long if not treated. Treatment includes therapy, producing awareness and providing substitute behaviors. Medications are also available which help release the sense of anxiety or stress, which is one of the main causes. Both are recommended for treatment to be most effective.

Hair loss, whether full or partial, can be an emotional experience. Here at d.k. International, we understand how difficult this time can be, which is why we offer personal, confidential, and expert service at our hair loss salon. Contact us today to schedule a free one-hour consultation, where you will meet one-on-one with one of our experienced technicians to discuss the type of hair loss you’re experiencing and the solution that best fits with your lifestyle and budget needs.

Our Bloomington, Minnesota location makes it easy for clients to receive the treatments they seek, including haircuts, perms, coloring, attachments, bonds, reconditioning of human or synthetic hair, Cyberhair rejuvenation, wig repair, scalp treatments, and Micro Point Solutions Hair systems.

How To Deal With The Psychological Effects Of Hair Loss

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On Tuesday, I talked about the emotional effects of hair loss.  Loss of your hair can be devastating, however you’re not alone.  In this blog I’m going to talk about how to deal with the psychological effects of hair loss. 

For many men and women, their hairstyle is like their crowning jewel.  They have spent years searching for the perfect hair stylist, color, and have spent hours styling their hair on their own.  Imagine if you were to have all of that taken away?  You may become emotionally depressed, introverted, and may develop anxiety about going out in public.  If you can’t quite get to the point where you can look at it as a new hairstyle, below are four ways to help you cope with hair loss:

Exercise – some people look at this transition as an opportunity to make other changes in their life.  Exercise will boost your confidence and your mood, making the loss of your hair less disappointing.  It may not get rid of your bad feelings about your look altogether, however exercising will clear your mind and make you ready to tackle a bout of self-consciousness.

Dress nicer – improving your wardrobe is a quick and easy way to boost your self-confidence.  You’re going through a major life change that wasn’t your choice; feel free to treat yourself to some new clothes that make you feel fabulous no matter what your hair looks like.

If you’re a man – grow a beard or mustache.  It’s a classic look that many women find very attractive.  Confidently sporting a bald head shows you have confidence in yourself; what every woman wants.

Talk about it – safety in numbers is key here!  No matter what you do on the outside, you may still have those days where you’re not feeling like your best self on the inside.  Always talk about it.  Find a support group filled with people that are going through the same thing that you are.  Caring individuals that understand your troubles will become invaluable to you on your worst days.

DK International is a hair replacement salon.  We provide free one-hour consultations for people with thinning hair due to medical reasons or genetics.  We care about your physical appearance by making recommendations for extensions, wigs, and topical treatments.  However, we also care about what you’re going through emotionally.  Because of this, we have created an online community via Facebook.  Follow us on Facebook so you can share your story, your experience with hair loss, and provide support for others who are going through the same thing.  We want to make sure you don’t go through this alone.

The Emotional Effects Of Hair Loss

medium_3243288760Men and women both can experience hair loss.  When you accept the inevitability of it, emotions can hit you like a ton of bricks during the experience.  Hopefully explaining where these emotions are coming from  will help you understand why you’re feeling the way you are, making it easier to deal with your hair loss.  

 

Why is hair important? 

It’s just a little hair loss, right?  No big deal!  Wrong.  Losing your hair isn’t like being stripped of your shoe and accessory collection.  Hair is part of your body, not just an accessory to complete your look.  Often people feel ashamed of the fact that they are depressed about the loss of their hair because they’re embarrassed about feeling vain.  It’s not vanity you’re feeling; losing your hair is like losing a piece of yourself.  You wouldn’t feel vain if you lost a toe, would you?  Hair may not have much to offer us as far as utilitarian function, aside from keeping our heads warm and protected, however it has a lot to offer us psychologically.  When you’re not worried about your hair and your appearance, you have the freedom to be you and the confidence to put yourself out there as your best self.  When you’re suddenly faced with a bad hair day, day after day, it has the potential to change your entire personality.  Below are some common feelings people experiencing hair loss may be feeling:

 

  • Embarrassment
  • Loss of confidence
  • Shyness
  • Depression
  • Introversion when you’re normally extroverted
  • Low self-esteem
  • Loss of personal attractiveness

 

It’s okay to have these feelings; it’s normal.  But why are you feeling this way?  In our culture and society, thick and vibrant hair is a symbol of youth and health.  So, a receding hairline or thinning hair can make you feel older than you want and can rob you of your confidence. 

 

If you’re starting to lose your hair, you have more important things to worry about than how you’re going to deal with it; like living your life as normal as possible!  Save time and energy by putting your hair replacement needs in the capable hands of DK InternationalContact DK International today for your free one-hour consultation with one of our professionally trained technicians so you can discover which hair replacement solution will work best for you.  Follow us on Facebook so you can share us with the close friend or family member of yours who is concerned about what to expect while experiencing hair loss.