Tips on How to Deal with Unexpected Hair Loss

Hair loss is not something anyone wants to think about but, unfortunately, it is a common problem for both men and women. Illness, genetics, and age can all play a role in hair loss, and they are all things that are completely out of your control. It is a huge physical and emotional change for the body to go through, and it can affect different people in different ways. Below are some great tips on how you can deal with unexpected hair loss.

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In with the New

In this day and age, hair loss doesn’t have to control your life and it isn’t completely irreversible. There are a variety of companies around now, like Transitions Hair, that offer a number of solutions for hair loss such as hair replacement. Replacement therapies around today include hair thickening products, laser therapy, transplants, and crown extensions, just to name a few.

Talk it Out

An important point to remember when dealing with unexpected hair loss is that you don’t have to go through it alone. For some people, it won’t bother them at all, but it can be quite a daunting process for others, particularly if it’s happening due to an illness. Talk to someone about it. Go through what you’re feeling with someone you trust so you don’t have to cope with this burden on your own.

Create a New Style

Hairstyles can have an enormous effect on how apparent your hair loss is. If you’ve had the same hairstyle for years, now could be the time to change for a much needed confidence boost. Try a longer style that can be curled for added volume or, if hair loss makes it too difficult to maintain the length, chop it off into a pixie cut that you can style with gel. And if you’re feeling brave, go for the buzz-cut.

Wig It

Wigs are no longer just synthetic playthings for parties and dress-ups; they are now a full-blown industry offering the next best thing to your own hair. Real human hair wigs come in just about any length and colour you like or can be custom-made if you can’t find exactly what you’re after. The bonus with having them made from real hair is that they look and feel like your own. They can also be more easily styled, giving you back your confidence.

Accessorise

Head scarves can be elegant, hipster, casual or smart, and they come in a range of colours, patterns and styles. They don’t have to cover all you hair either, but can be strategically placed to cover the bits you want to hide and highlight the rest. Hats are also very on-trend for men and women, from the fedora and the cap to the floppy and the beanie.

Change is difficult to deal with no matter what it is, but there are always ways to work through it. Hair loss is no different, and the above tips can help you get started when moving through this particular unexpected stage in your life.

Have you experienced unexpected hair loss? What were some of your best coping mechanisms? Write any advice you can give in the comments below.

Skincare Techniques for Diabetics

Diabetics expect to have to learn how to check their blood sugar and to change their diets upon diagnosis. But what diabetics are often surprised by is the correlation between diabetes and skin disorders. In fact, as many as one-third of people with diabetes will have a skin disorder caused or affected by diabetes at some point in their lives.

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The skin disorders often come from common symptoms of diabetes, such as high glucose levels, weakened immune systems, weakened blood flow, and difficulty healing from wounds. High glucose levels can lead to dry skin, which often leads to other skin disorders such as itching, cracking, complication healing from open wounds, and infection. Similarly, diabetes are prone to bacterial infections thanks to the combination of reduced blood flow to some areas of the body and weakened immune systems. In rare instances, insulin use can lead to yellow skin since it works in a similar fashion to a growth hormone.

Luckily, most of the skin conditions related to diabetics can be prevented before they occur with some basic skincare techniques. Diabetics should bathe daily with mild soap and warm water, avoiding very hot showers and baths that can dry out skin. Moisturize after bathing and in cold or windy weather to keep skin healthy, and keep blood pressure and blood glucose levels under control. Fill your diet with foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon that will nourish and strengthen skin, and drink plenty of fluids to keep the skin hydrated. Consider keeping a first aid kit for skin on hand, with items such as antibacterial ointment, clean petroleum jelly, gauze pads, hypoallergenic tape, and more.

Finally, diabetics also commonly face foot problems like blisters, cracked feet, infections, and other skin conditions caused by a lack of circulation or diabetic nerve damage. To prevent these problems, wear shoe inserts to help prevent changes from the shape of the foot, and examine your feet daily to help prevent any damage or conditions. See your doctor for a foot examination annually and have him or her focus on circulation and sensation.