As a woman, my honest initial thought about hair restoration was, “this isn’t for women so I’m not interested.” But then I started thinking about my grandma’s hair, even my mom’s hair, and realized that, in a few decades, I may actually be thinking twice about how interested I actually am in hair restoration. While hair loss may seem like more of a problem for men and men are the main demographic for hair restoration, women are also affected by thinning hair, receding hairlines and even balding… it’s just not talked about as often. In fact, it’s something that many women secretly stress over.
Many women notice thinning of hair in their 50s or 60s, but the reality is it can start at any age for a variety of reasons including age, illness, hormones and genetics.
Thankfully there have been many advancements in the field of hair restoration. Hair plugs are out, and the newest technology is definitely something to keep in mind for the future, or explore now if you are in need. Automated follicular unit extraction (FUE) can painlessly and precisely move large amounts of follicular units (hair follicles) from the back of the head to the front, correcting the loss that has occurred and leaving behind only tiny scars that are pretty much unnoticeable.
Though I don’t need it now, I will definitely remember this procedure in a few years (and I just might mention it to my mom now…). As if graying isn’t enough to worry about!