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When I started losing my hair three years ago, I was mortified. I starting wearing baseball hats (never a good look) and avoided cameras. Every day became a bad hair day. It never occurred to me to go to the doctor. I assumed there was no cure for this sudden “shedding” — if there was one, somebody would be a millionaire, right? — but mainly I just didn’t want to draw any unnecessary attention to my lack of hair. Turns out time spent hiding my condition would have been better spent at the doctor’s office. Losing hair isn’t just a guy thing. There are more than a hundred causes of hair loss for women, and according to Jeff Donovan, a dermatologist and hair loss specialist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, nearly all women will experience some type of hair loss in their lifetime. Determining whether you’re losing an abnormal amount of hair can be tricky since we shed anywhere between 50 to 100 hairs daily. But if you’re leaving clumps in your hairbrush or waking up to a pillowcase strewn with hair, book a visit with your doctor. When I finally did, I was diagnosed with a thyroid condition and started taking medication. It helped curb the hair loss, but I never did get back all my curly locks. In the end, I was fitted with a postiche, a custom hairpiece that clips onto the hair.
A version of this article appeared in our September 2012 issue with the headline “Hair today, gone tomorrow,” p. 42.
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