The role of wigs in women's hair lossWhen a woman loses her hair, she feels as though she has lost a part of her identity. Along with the loss of hair, often comes a lack of happiness and self-esteem, both of which can be aided by the wearing of wigs.

Women experience hair loss for various reasons including alopecia, the menopause and post-partum. There are ways for women to gain confidence and feel good about themselves regardless of how much hair they have or do not have.

Wigs help deal with stigma

Baldness in women carries a social stigma and many turn to wigs as a solution and easy cover up. With a wig, there’s no reason for women to shy away from social situations, as they so often do. They can walk around in public and ‘fit in.’

Many women choose to wear a hairpiece as it can give them an instant confidence boost. What’s more, it can change their appearance – with different styles and colours available to choose from.

In a society that values appearances, wigs are a part of life for many women (and men).

What other things can help?

For some women, wigs are not the answer. Some can feel itchy and uncomfortable or they can be expensive, for example. There are other ways that women can disguise and cover up thinning hair…

  • Wearing a headscarf and making hair loss a fashion statement
  • Scalp Micropigmentation or tattooing can give the appearance of hair regrowth and is a non-surgical technique where natural pigments are applied to the scalp to look like natural regrowth of hair follicles
  • Hair extensions for women whose hair is thinning as opposed to falling out completely as they can add thickness
  • The most common way to treat hair loss in patches is by corticosteroid injection or Psoralen with ultraviolet A light (PUVA) therapy.

Alternatively, some women choose to be patient and see whether their hair loss will subside, others accept it and many seek advice online in forums, join support groups or see a counsellor.

Wigs and other cover ups have helped women regain their self-worth and allow them to hold their head up high in a world where hair loss, and appearance in general, is often judged critically by others.