Mister Private here, to tell you that hair loss doesn’t mean loss of your life.
Most people lose about 50 to 100 hairs a day, out of the 100,000 you have in your scalp. A little thinning is typical with age. Hair loss occurs when you lose more hairs than you are growing. Male pattern baldness can develop in the early 20s and is marked by a receding hairline at the temples and balding at the top of the head. Men can become partially or entirely bald.
Female pattern baldness typically occurs with thinning at the front, sides or crown. Women rarely become entirely bald.
Cicatricial Alopecia happens when the hair follicle is damaged by inflammation, causing baldness. There are also cases of temporary hair loss, like Alopecia Areata, Telogen Effluvium and Traction Alopecia; the latter happens if you regularly wear pigtails, braids or cornrows and you pull the hair tightly. Heredity plays a big role in pattern baldness. Hair loss can also be caused by poor nutrition, hair treatments and scalp infections like ringworm.
Certain medications like birth control pills, cholesterol-lowering drugs, Parkinson medications, ulcer drugs, anticoagulants, gout agents, antiarthritics, anticonvulsants for epilepsy, antidepressants, beta blockers for high blood pressure, antithyroid agents, blood thinners and anabolic steroids can cause hair loss. Cancer chemotherapy treatments also cause baldness, but usually this is temporary.
Unfortunately, Mister Private has not yet determined a cure for baldness, but he is working on it. In the meantime, you can try certain medications, like Minoxidil, for example. Minoxidil is an over-the-counter liquid or foam that you rub into your scalp twice a day to restimulate hair growth and prevent future loss. You can also look into corticosteroid injections or Anthralin cream. There are also surgical options like hair transplants and scalp reduction. These are very costly, expensive and carry a high risk of infection. A cheaper, simpler option is buying a wig or hairpiece. You could buy several and never have to do your hair again.
Although hair loss can be traumatizing, just remember, you look good just as you are. It may help to put a sign over your mirror that reads, “Mister Private thinks I’m beautiful.” I have signs like that all over my house.