Hair cleavage is real, people. You know, where your hair part is getting wider and wider and starts looking like the last sad tree standing on Christmas Eve.
Ashley Weatherford, senior editor of Into the Gloss, earlier this year wrote her piece, “Can We Talk About Hair Thinning?” and I fan-womaned like no other.
For one reason or another, female hair loss, is still an elusive topic. A large part is because, for centuries, our hair has been an important symbol of beauty and fertility. The Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology cites a study where hair length is significantly correlated with female attractiveness and shiny, strong hair seen as a cue to a woman’s health and reproductive ability.
I find this ironic, as women frequently experience postpartum hair loss (see my interview with Amy Chang). But mmmmk.
On the other hand, men can lose their hair and sport their shiny baldness around town and no one really gives a damn. Women (myself included TBH) even swoon over @therock’s perfectly round head, but I doubt anyone is doing the same with a woman’s scalp.
These notions of hair loss associated with beauty and fertility, as outdated as they are, still pervade our culture today.
We do everything else to enhance our beauty – eyelash extensions, brow gels, mascara – but wearing hair is still not considered “mainstream.”
When my hair started thinning, I was shocked at how little accurate information was out there to solve my hairy situation. I spent six years secretly researching and quietly asking friends/family in the hopes of finding solutions.
When I finally found toppers and considered wigs, I was socialized not to “advertise it around town” because wearing wigs was something you did as a secret in the hopes that no one knows it’s not your hair.
When women start losing hair, we’re considered damaged goods. It feels embarrassing.
Hair for me, is a crucial part of my identity when I look into the mirror, just like my eyes, nose, and lips are. It’s not everything (duh), but it’s a big part of how I feel about my appearance.
I went on a six-year journey to find a solution that worked for me and spent countless dollars on magical cures and tricks that are based on little to no information. I created this website because I have a feeling that other women are experiencing this as well.
There are real consequences when we don’t talk about important topics. The hair extensions and wigs industry is a $+10B industry that lacks transparency, quality, and safety.
The hair loss solutions market in the United States alone is valued at almost $4B and growing.
Third-party research specifically on female hair loss, which differs drastically from male hair loss, is sparse and many times inconclusive. And yet, there are thousands of products and devices out in the market that claims they’re the cure.
So, what can we do?
We can start talking more about our hair. I collaborated with the Instagram hair loss community to create a video that starts this conversation.
How we feel, what we do, our experiences and emotions.
Conversations create demand and where there’s demand for accurate and effective information, supply will find a way.
We’re excited about this journey and hope you follow us.