Coping with hair loss
Hair loss can be a frustrating part of living with lupus. If you have hair loss, remember that you’re not alone — and that you can find ways to look and feel your best.
Learn more about lupus and hair loss.
Try a new style
Some people find that covering hair loss with a new style helps them feel more confident. Look for a hair stylist who specializes in hair loss. They can help protect your remaining hair and help you find a style that’s right for you.
Layered hairstyles, extensions, and hairpieces can help cover thin areas and give your hair more volume. Just make sure extensions and hairpieces aren’t too tight — pulling on the scalp can cause more hair loss.
Experiment with accessories
Accessories like hats, wraps, and headscarves can help cover hair loss — and protect your scalp from ultraviolet (UV) light when you spend time outdoors.
Try wearing a wig
Some people with hair loss choose to wear wigs. Wigs can cut down on time spent styling your hair — and it can be fun to try different wig colors and styles.
Check out these organizations that provide wigs to people with lupus and other health problems:
- Tresses of Hope Foundation provides wigs to people ages 10 to 60
- Children with Hair Loss and Free Wigs for Kids provide wigs to children and young adults under age 21
- Wigs for Kids provides wigs to children under age 18
Embrace your changing hair
Everyone deals with hair loss differently. Some people choose to embrace their hair loss by shaving their heads completely — or by doing nothing at all.
Remember, there’s no right way to deal with hair loss. The most important thing is to do what feels right to you.