Although hair loss is much more common in men, the psychological effects for women can be far more traumatic, with studies consistently highlighting the often devastating life changing effects through exaggerated feelings of low self-esteem.
In a recent blog in the Huffington Post Amy Gibson, the Voice of Women’s Hair Loss, and founder of CreatedHair.com, the author of Sex, Wigs & Whispers: Love and Life with Hair Loss, and creator of the Cancer Hair Care Center by Amy Gibson, spoke to Robi Ludwig about how she used her experiences to help others.
Hair loss at just 13 years old
Amy first suffered from alopecia when she was 13 and appearing in a lead role on television. Whilst this was initially controlled with cortisone injections, eventually her body rejected the cortisone and all her hair fell out in the space of 3 to 5 weeks.
When Amy talks about hair loss she bases it on personal experience and how she came to terms with the condition. Part of this was the drive to help others who were going through the same trauma. She explains how her consultative approach is firmly based on understanding the individual needs of each client then providing “tremendous personal attention” as well as education.
Everyone’s self-esteem barometer is different
Dealing with reduced self-esteem can be a difficult area, as she explains that everyone’s “barometer” is different.
Cancer patients will generally see their hair return after chemotherapy so she focuses on the temporary nature of the problem with them, whereas with other patients she helps them to remember who they are again which naturally helps to return some of their self-esteem.
Amy’s real gift is her ability to focus on the positive aspects of her life. In her words, “There are days when I feel on top of it and feel beautiful and other days when I look in the mirror and feel like an alien and have to work through it just like anyone else to get back to ‘me’ again.
“On those days, I take a breath and quickly remind myself of the positive things I do have in my life, and stay grateful. I have found that gratitude helps me and my clients get out of the funk more quickly and into a more joyful place.”