Hair loss - what are the alternatives?

Losing your hair, particularly for a woman, can be one of the most devastating events especially if it is attributed to other traumatic events that are happening in your life.

People cope with hair loss in a number of ways. For many the thought of braving the outside world with a bare head is a step too far. The most common alternatives are the use of hats, headscarves, turbans, a wig or a combination.

There are many companies that supply a good range of such products and there is a vast range of pricing. Most companies will offer a very discreet service allowing you full privacy to try on selected products in order for you to decide what works best for you.

Head scarves / turbans / hats

These come in all sizes, colours, materials etc. It is a good idea to have a selection to hand that you can pick and choose from each day. This allows you to coordinate with the colours of the clothing you are wearing. Feeling comfortable in the way you look can have a huge factor on your mood from the start of the day. Also having a range of different weights of scarves is important – having a thick heavy scarf is fine during the winter, but would not be appropriate for a summer’s day or if you were doing some form of physical activity.


Wigs come in all shapes and sizes. Some are made from real hair and some are made from synthetic hair. Wigs can either be bought off the shelf or can be tailored to your exact needs. Most need to have some form of maintenance, and all of this needs to be included in the overall price of deciding what works best for you. By caring properly for your wig you will ensure you get most length of time from it. Synthetic wigs are generally much cheaper and easier to look after as you can maintain them at home. However, they tend not to last as long as wigs made from real hair. Synthetic wigs tend to last on average 6 to 9 months. Once again – as with the above headwear options, it is a good idea to have a minimum of 2 wigs so you can maintain the care of each.

For more information about hair loss you may like to read the following:

Hair loss (alopecia)

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Last revised: 19 March 2014
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