Women experiencing hair loss should not feel shame and do not have to suffer in silence, a Ballarat hair loss and scalp specialist says.
Ballarat trichologist Megan Wright is raising awareness of hair loss in women during August for National Hair Loss Awareness month.
While it is accepted for men to be bald, women's hair loss is not often discussed, often leaving women experiencing feelings of shame and helplessness.
"Women experiencing post menopausal hair loss are suffering in silence and it's a shame as they think there's nothing they can do," Ms Wright says.
"Many have been through the medical system with little to no results and they give up. But there are steps that they can take to improve their situation."
As a trichologist, Ms Wright specialises in the health of the hair of the scalp and deals with issues such as dry and flaky scalp and hair loss. She is one of only a few trichologist's in Victoria and practices in Ballarat.
I hope we can take the stigma out of hair loss and give people hope that there is potentially something they can do to prevent or reverse it.Megan Wright, trichologist
"We know that hormones and genetics can contribute to hair thinning and hair loss," she says.
"However, there are steps that women can take to help, such as natural alternatives to the pharmaceuticals available for hair loss, understanding how their hormones play a huge role in the health of their hair and scalp and that in a lot of cases, hair loss can be minimised with the appropriate investigation and treatment."
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While most of Ms Wright's clients are post menopausal, she says hair loss can affect anybody.
"My youngest patient was eight and my oldest patient was in their 90s," she says.
"A lot of people have hair loss when they get ill. I want to make people aware that hair loss affects anybody and there is somewhere people can go for help.
"I hope we can take the stigma out of hair loss and give people hope that there is potentially something they can do to prevent or reverse it."
Approximately 49 per cent of women will be affected by hair loss throughout their lives, according to the Australian Journal of General Practice.
Visit nationalhairtech.com.au for more information from trichologist Megan Wright.