Riviera Hair Replacement Can Help When Teenagers Experience Hair Loss
Most people will experience hair loss at some time during their life. Typically, hair does not start to noticeably thin until people are well into adulthood. For many, by the time hair loss begins to occur, it is expected as one of the changes that maturity brings. It might not always be a welcome change, but it is not necessarily a surprise.
However, for some people, hair loss occurs when they are teenagers, which can have serious adverse effects on self-esteem. Younger people do not expect hair loss or hair thinning. Being a teenager can be difficult enough, and experiencing unwelcome changes in one’s appearance can bring about some particularly hard times.
At Riviera Hair Replacement, our compassionate, discreet professionals work with all types of clients, including teenagers, who are experiencing hair loss. We would be happy to help you understand your hair replacement options, whether you want a full coverage wig or hair integration to maximize the hair you have. Our goal is to design and create a hair replacement solution that fits your lifestyle and makes you look and feel like your confident self. Call us to schedule a free consultation!
What Causes Teenage Hair Loss?
Teenage hair loss for both males and females can occur for many reasons. Some of the potential causes of hair loss that teenagers experience can include:
- Alopecia areata – this is an autoimmune condition that causes the hair to fall out in round patches.
- Genetics – This is a predictable male and female pattern of baldness that generally occurs as you age. However, it is not entirely uncommon for it to begin in the teen years.
- Puberty – hormonal changes and cycles can induce hair loss and thinning as well as trigger pattern hair loss.
- Malnutrition/vitamin deficiencies – dietary conditions like Celiac disease and Chron’s disease might affect your body’s absorption of nutrients and vitamins, which can lead to hair loss. Eating orders like anorexia or eating an unbalanced diet can do the same.
- Thyroid conditions – the overproduction of thyroid hormones can affect hair loss.
- Lupus – hair loss is a common symptom of this autoimmune disease.
- PCOS – polycystic ovary syndrome is a condition in women that causes the production of excessive amounts of male hormones, causing thinning hair
- Medications – certain medications like antidepressants, chemotherapy, immunosuppressants, and acne medications can cause hair loss.
- Chemicals – bleach, hair dye, straighteners, and chlorine are some of the chemicals that can affect hair growth, breakage, and thinning.
- Traction alopecia – this type of thinning can occur from wearing the hair in too-tight braids or ponytails.
- Fungal infection – ringworm of the scalp can cause hair loss and scarring.
- Telogen effluvium – this is a cycle of excessive hair shedding that can be caused by a number of things such as illness, childbirth, weight loss, and stress or anxiety.
- Trichotillomania – this is a hair-pulling disorder or compulsion.
When a teenager loses hair, it is important to determine the reason. You want to ensure that if there is an underlying medical issue contributing to the hair loss, you address that condition. For example, it is not uncommon for teenagers to lose some hair when they begin puberty. This could be because of “normal” hormonal changes. However, if hair falls out in a pattern of random round patches, or the amount of hair that falls out is excessive, it may be from alopecia areata or PCOS. You can’t know the cause of the hair loss until you see a doctor.
Coping With Hair Loss as a Teenager
Once you determine the cause of the hair loss, you might be able to find some relief. For example, eating a healthier, vitamin-rich diet and avoiding gluten might slow or reverse hair thinning after learning you have a dietary condition like Celiac disease. Implementing daily stress-busting practices might help if you learn your hair loss is related to an autoimmune condition like alopecia areata or lupus or is from telogen effluvium.
Sometimes, the causes of teenage hair loss can be minimized or even treated with dietary changes, hormone treatment, and/or medications. Treating hair loss in teenagers might also include seeking hair replacement options such as hair integration or a full coverage wig.
For teenagers, in particular, hair loss can be difficult to handle and adversely affect self-esteem.
For better or worse, hair plays an important role in self-image, especially as a teen. Much as we might want our teens to be fearless, independent, and confident, this is a big ask. Few teens want to look “different.” Everyone wants to “fit in.” Thinning hair or patches of hair loss can make this feel impossible.
It is important to let your teen know that you understand how they feel while encouraging them to recognize that their hair should not define them. Part of your support might include suggesting hair replacement to help them regain or retain their self-esteem until they mature and can better cope with their hair situation or, if possible, find a permanent solution.
Call Riviera Hair Replacement To Help Your Teenager Cope With Hair Loss
At Riviera, we offer free consultations to teens experiencing hair thinning or hair loss. We understand what you are going through and have solutions that can help. Whether you want something to maximize the hair you have or a full coverage hairpiece, let us help create the hair replacement that fits your lifestyle and meets your needs.
Call us today at 516-364-0110 to schedule your free hair replacement consultation with compassionate, discreet, and experienced hair replacement professionals.