Building Confidence While Losing Your Hair

Are you starting to lose your hair? If you are, it doesn’t matter how old or young you are, it is a difficult journey to embark on, through no choice of your own. If it were your choice, you’d never lose any hair in the first place! But, today is, as they say, the first day of the rest of your life. If that life does not include the hair you had in your younger years, it’s ok. It just means you’re now turning into a Badass.

How to Be Confident When Dealing With Hair Loss

If you are losing your hair, you have a few choices. Fight it and do everything you can to keep it, cover it up; or go with the flow, get used to it, love it, and be your badass self.

Never Mind the Questions

People are going to make comments, some supportive, and some that are downright rude. Ignore them all. You do you.

Others may think you have changed your personality along with your hairstyle, but it’s just because you are nervous about people noticing your hair loss. Although it may seem you are being shy, it’s really about you expecting awkward questions that you don’t want to answer.

“Is your hair thinning?” “Aren’t you a little young to be going bald?”

Ignore their boldness and take it with a grain of salt. Tell them to watch this video of Things Not to Say to Bald Men.  This is a traumatic time for most people, and who can blame you? But if you are prepared to answer these questions and face your future going forward, proud of yourself and accepting of your receding hairline as the badge of a grown man, then you, my friend, are ready to take on the world.

If you’re not quite so confident yet in your new hairstyle, then you can have an answer ready such as “Yes I am, and I’m fine with it. Is there a problem?” Or something you have prepared ahead of time so you will be ready when someone decides to blurt out something rude or hurtful.

You may not really be fine with it, but put on a brave face, and soon you will be. And because of your strength and confidence, maybe they will keep their comments to themselves the next time you meet.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Mirror

Whether you cut it short or take the plunge and shave it off, it will be hard at first to get used to your new look, but the more you enhance your style, the sooner you will begin your journey as a badass.

Embrace your new look and your confidence will grow, and the more of a badass you will become.

Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks of you. Confidence comes from looking good and feeling good. Now is the time to take care of you. The more you work you put into yourself, the stronger you become, mentally, and physically.

Your new journey will be rocky, but it will also be amazing. It is the road you are on now, and there’s no turning back. Make the most of your journey and create some great memories along the way. It all begins with how you feel about yourself.

Enhance Your Style

What is your style? Do you know? Or do you throw on whatever is clean? If you just jump into aa pair of  sweats and a t-shirt every day, remember, ZZ Top said it best: “Every girl crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man.” If you already have style, you’re on the right track, if not, pay more attention to your wardrobe. Make sure your clothes match, fit well, are clean and pressed, and make sure your hair is styled.

Your style says a lot about you. You can feel like a million bucks in a nice suit, whether you have hair to your shoulders, are completely bald, or somewhere in between. No matter how tall, short, wide, or narrow your stature, you will benefit from wearing clothes that make you feel fantastic. You don’t have to spend a million dollars to do it either. There are street brands and discount stores to help you look your best.

Take Some Selfies

Yes! Do it! If you were camera shy before, you need to get used to your new look. What is your best pose?  What is your best side? You are in the Badass Club now, learn how to work it!

Get Support From Friends and Family

Maybe avoid your cranky little brother for a while until your confidence is strong. Your parents and sisters, your cool big brother and your best friends, whoever you know will support you can encourage you on your journey and tell you the truth. They still love you no matter if you have that Billy Ray Cyrus mullet or the Dwayne Johnson bald-is-sexxxy look going on!

When you know your worth and that everyone who matters cares about you no matter how much hair you have or don’t have on your head, then even your crazy Uncle Louis, who loves to make fun of everyone, won’t get under your skin. You will be able to laugh right along with him.

A Little Boost of Confidence

If you feel that if you had some hair, or just covering up that bald spot would increase your confidence, please contact us at SMP Ink. Our scalp micropigmentation is a non-surgical procedure that will help you love who you see in the mirror!

Tips for Women Coping With Hair Loss and Thinning Hair

Hair is an expression of your personal style. It makes you feel beautiful. Your hair is a big part of who you are, making losing your hair extremely difficult. Having no hair can undermine your confidence and sometimes make you want to hide. But there are ways to cope. Here are some ways to make you feel better about yourself so you can enjoy life again.

Types of Hair Loss

Losing around 80 strands of hair every day is typical, hair coming out in patches is not. Hair loss can happen at any age, to anyone. It can happen suddenly or over a long period. It can just thin out or be a complete loss. Female Pattern Baldness is common for women who have reached menopause, and 70% of women over 70 will have thinning hair. The biggest reason for hair loss is genetics. 

Thinning hair can be the effect of medical treatment, a medical condition, or having a baby. Hair usually returns after these situations. Total hair loss can be the result of chemotherapy drugs and typically comes back after stopping the medication but can grow back a different color or texture. In alopecia areata, your hair falls out in circular patches. No matter if your hair loss is permanent or temporary, it is still psychologically painful. Here are some tips to help you cope. 

Coping with Hair Loss

Losing your hair is devastating, even if it is temporary. Fortunately, there are ways to cope with the trauma of losing your hair and ways to disguise it or cover it if you don’t want to be your beautiful, bald self. 

It’s Okay to be Vain

If your looks are tied up in your identity, losing your hair will be even more difficult. Please do not feel guilty for feeling vain. It is okay to feel bad about losing your hair. You may feel like you are shallow, or you may feel ashamed for feeling awful about losing your hair, but it is okay. These feelings are normal, and don’t let anyone tell you any different. Let yourself feel bad, then take action and do something about it. Taking action will distract you from the pain and help you on your road to recovery.

Treatments

Most hair loss does not need treatment as it is usually caused by one of two factors. Either the hair loss is temporary, and it will grow back on its own, or it is permanent, and there isn’t anything you can do about it. Minoxidil, iron supplements, and surgery are all possible treatments. As hair loss can sometimes be a hint to an underlying medical condition, talk to your doctor before trying any of these solutions. Do your research. Find out everything you can about which treatments are available for your specific type of hair loss.

Online Support Groups

Join a support group. Online support groups like Women’s Hair Loss Project and Her Hair Loss Help are there to help you on your journey and talk to your friends and family who are willing to listen.

Know Someone Facing Hair Loss?

If you are a friend or relative of someone facing hair loss from chemotherapy or other temporary total hair loss, DO NOT say, “It’s just hair, it will grow back.” To them, it is not JUST hair. Hair is a huge part of who they are, and to lose it can be devastating. Instead, offer to take them wig shopping or take them out and treat them to a new hat. These are much more productive ways to help and will boost their self-esteem instead of crushing it. 

Accepting the Inevitable

If you do have alopecia or you lost your hair due to a medical condition or treatment, give yourself time to grieve for the loss of your hair. It doesn’t mean you’re vain. It just means you’re human. Make a list of your good qualities and, as the old song suggests, accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative. Wear makeup to help boost your self-esteem. You may like the freedom of being bald and not worrying about styling your hair every day. 

Disguises and Cover-ups

If you don’t feel that bald is the look for you, hats, headbands, and scarves are the easiest way to cover up and go. Extensions are helpful when you still have some hair. Most extensions have to be done by a professional. On the other hand, clip-on extensions are long-lasting, look great, and are easy to put in yourself. 

Wigs

Don’t be reluctant to try a wig. There is nothing wrong with wearing one. Most wigs are undetectable and simple to put on with a little practice. Wigs are fun! You can try all different styles and colors that you may have never thought of trying before. Take your best friend and make a day of it. Wigs can be the key to giving you back your confidence, which is imperative at this time of your life. If you need a wig but can’t afford one, many places offer free wigs if you meet their qualifications. 

Scalp Micropigmentation 

Scalp Micropigmentation will give you the look of hair on a bald head or fill in bare spots where your hair is thinning, making it appear thicker. It is a non-surgical process and lasts for years.

Microblading

When you lose your hair, that doesn’t always mean just the hair on your head. Hair loss often includes losing eyebrows. Eyebrows are not the easiest things to replicate. Makeup can always do the trick, but trying to make them even, spending money for makeup, and the anxiety of wondering if they have rubbed off during the day can be avoided with eyebrow microblading. Your eyebrows will be there 24/7, they will not wash off in the shower, and will always look great with microblading! 

SMP Ink Can Help!

At SMP Ink, we have a staff of professionals that can cover your bald spots with scalp micropigmentation and make it look natural. We have many years of experience, lots of happy, satisfied customers, and we can help you too. We also have talented microblade specialists on staff to make your eyebrows look amazing! Contact us today for a free consultation.

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