What Should I Do?
If you are suffering from hair loss then there are some things you can do at home while you are waiting for investigations or treatment. Try to avoid the use of heat on your hair, so avoid hair dryers, straighteners or curlers. Steer clear of harsh chemicals such as hair relaxers or bleach dyes, and avoid putting excess pressure on the scalp with tight hair styles such as braids or high, tight ponytails.
Some women feel that thickening shampoos and conditioners can help. Make sure you are eating a healthy, varied diet – some women find taking a vitamin supplement to ensure enough iron and other vitamins can be helpful.
Treatments such as minoxidil (Regaine) can be used, which is a liquid you apply to the scalp, though side effects can include scalp irritation. Synthetic wigs are available on the NHS if you have hair loss through conditions such as cancer and chemotherapy.
The skin on your scalp needs protection from the sun if it is visible, so use lotion or a hat!
Some women use thickening shampoo