A LIT­TLE THIN ON TOP

Hair not as full as it once was? We’ve got you cov­ered

Women's Health (UK) - - CONTENTS - words AMELIA JEAN JONES

There’s a rea­son it’s called your crown­ing glory – hair, whether long, short or dyed any which way, is in­trin­sic to your sense of self. So when you no­tice there’s less to brush than there once was, alarm bells ring. The trauma of thin­ning hair shouldn’t be un­der­es­ti­mated: re­search by Yale Univer­sity found women were more af­fected by los­ing their hair than by a re­la­tion­ship break-up. ‘Women are taught that phys­i­cal ap­pear­ance is the pri­mary cri­te­rion of their worth,’ says pro­fes­sor of psy­chol­ogy and gen­der stud­ies Mar­i­anne Lafrance, who led the re­search. And hair is per­haps his­tor­i­cally one of the great­est signs of fem­i­n­ity. ‘Girls are praised if they have long hair or a lot of hair,’ Lafrance adds. ‘Flow­ing locks mat­ter.’ So if you start to lose it, you want to fix it. Stat. But the kicker is, it’s hard to know why women lose their hair. We’ve spo­ken to the ex­perts to un­der­stand more about the pri­mary causes of fe­male hair loss and the best fixes out there.

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