How To Manage Hair Loss When You’re In College

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Experiencing hair loss at any age is disappointing, but losing your hair in college just seems unfair. Although it’s normal for some people to start losing their hair at a young age, if it’s happening to you, there are ways to get around this seemingly unavoidable situation.

1. Look into hair transplant options

If your hair loss is more than just a few strands here and there, look into hair transplant options like FUE and FUT.

FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) is an extremely popular hair loss restoration method that transplants hair from one area and grafts it onto another area without leaving a scar. This method transplants one hair follicle at a time.

FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation) is equally effective, but transplants a large strip from your scalp, which leaves a scar around your head.

There are pros and cons to each method, and you can find out which method is right for you by scheduling a consultation with a local clinic.

2. Hide your hair loss

You might have an easier time hiding your hair loss, at least while you’re on campus. It’s not a permanent solution, but it will make you feel more confident.

Obviously, you’ll need to use some kind of hat to hide your hair loss. If hats aren’t usually your style, consider it an opportunity to revamp your style. You’ll get the most coverage from a knit beanie, which works great during winter. However, when it’s hot, a beanie isn’t practical.

You’ll get the next best coverage from a fitted baseball cap since they tend to sit lower on your head than fedoras or cowboy hats. A fitted baseball cap will also cover the back of your head since there won’t be an adjustable strap.

The other thing you can do is walk around with your sweatshirt hood on. Like a beanie, this will only work when it’s cold, but it’s still an option.

3. Try to grow your hair back naturally

We’ve all heard stories about people who regrew a full head of hair by taking vitamins. It’s hard to believe these stories are true, and for the most part, they’re very likely exaggerations. However, people have been able to regrow their hair without surgery.

Generally speaking, people who regrow their hair by changing their diet and lifestyle are usually experiencing temporary hair loss because of an underlying condition. For example, certain thyroid conditions can cause hair loss. When a person corrects their thyroid function, their hair sometimes grows back.

If you don’t know the cause of your hair loss, it’s worth looking into natural solutions to regrow your hair. It never hurts to test out all possibilities. People do get results from natural remedies.

4. Shave your head

Next to a beanie, shaving your head will cover your hair loss, at least for a few weeks. You’ll have to share frequently, but with electric clippers, that’s easy.

Shaving your head will give you a new look if you’re used to having hair, and that’s okay. Maybe it’s time to embrace a new style.

5. Work on your self-confidence

Sometimes life brings us opportunities to do the inner work necessary to become more self-confident. Hair loss can be a fantastic opportunity to build self-confidence and train yourself out of looking for approval from others.

A lack of self-confidence is nothing to be ashamed of and it’s quite normal. Both men and women are impacted by hair loss.

Let’s face it, we’ve grown up with the idea that our worth is somehow connected to our looks. When we start losing our good looks and the aging process becomes noticeable, we naturally feel like we’re not good enough.

The perception is that losing your hair is something only old people do, and although most would agree that old people are valuable members of society, we’re never really ready to be one of them.

If you’re feeling self-conscious because of your hair loss, use the opportunity to develop a strong sense of self-confidence to the point where you don’t even think about your hair.

Think about all the famous actors, musicians, and entrepreneurs who have visible hair loss. Did you ever notice it before? Probably not. Consider that the only person paying attention to your hair loss is you. Most people don’t notice or care when people have visible hair loss; it’s just a normal part of being a human.

Don’t let hair loss control your life

Whether you hide your hair loss, get a transplant, or shave it all off, keep building  your self-confidence; it will come in handy in the long run.

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