Bald women who have lost their hair due to stress, alopecia and chemotherapy have revealed how they have come to terms with their condition.
Hair loss affects one in 10 women in the UK, according to new research by hair brand Nioxin, and is an issue that has been back in the spotlight in recent months due to Covid.
Trichologists, experts who specialise in the study of diseases or problems related to the hair and scalp, have reported a rise in the number of women seeking treatment for hair loss since the start of the pandemic.
Hair thinning has been reported as a symptom Long Covid, and has been linked to the stress of living through the pandemic.
Despite being relatively widespread, the Nioxin study found 59 per cent of women who suffer hair loss hide the condition from their colleagues, friends and even their family. Many also refuse to look in the mirror, have cancelled dates because of the condition and edit social media photos to remove signs of hair loss.
Here, FEMAIL speaks to six women who have learned to embrace their baldness after losing their hair, and how it affects their daily lives.
‘I used to swap wigs to escape bad dates’
Women who’ve embraced being bald share how hair loss changed their life, including Michelle Chapman (pictured), 53, who began losing her hair around the age of five
Michelle, 53, who lives in Plymouth, Devon, is an Executive Assistant and Business Support Manager. She says her mother and grandmother first noticed her hair loss at around the age of five. Michelle’s hair loss has been linked to eczema and allergies. She now shaves her head once a week and said if her hair grew back she would shave it all off.
At first it was small patches, but over a year or so, the patches began to grow larger and join together. This was during the 1970’s when nothing was understood about alopecia and I had to start wearing a head scarf to school to hide the patches, by the time I was 8, I was referred to the appliance department and was given a wig. Which was a horrible experience,’ Michelle said.
There was no reason I began to lose hair and the many visits to the doctor and getting referred to the hospital to see a dermatologist gave no information or reason for the …….