Women’s Hair Loss in Today’s Parent Magazine Sept 2012

by Y on September 18, 2012

Okay so I should start this off with an apology for not writing this post sooner, the days slipped away and I looked at the calendar and said “Leaping Lizards!” I never wrote the post about the women’s hair loss article that appeared in this month’s issue of the Canadian magazine, “Today’s Parent.” If you follow me on Twitter, Facebook or YouTube then this is old news for you because I did post a video about it on August 29th to those social media outlets, but I just never got around to writing the actual post for it.  My wig must be squeezing my brain too tight because I just totally vegged on it, blame Anya.


As we are all know women’s hair loss is such a closeted issue that whenever there is some media attention bringing more awareness towards it I leap up and down like a giddy little girl… I also do the same little chair leap when cake or wine appears before me, eagerly clapping my hands together 🙂

This month Today’s Parent published an article written by a really awesome writer, Marci O’Connor, titled “Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow.” In the article Marci shares her own story dealing with hair loss and writes about the causes, treatments, and available options that women have today, like wearing wigs. It’s rare that I read a hair loss article, “done right” and Miss Fabulous O’Connor, definitely got it right!

Oh oh oh… AND… she included a quote from yours truly! and… they even published it in big bold letters! and… they did all while allowing me to keep my anonymity as “Y” from The Women’s Hair Loss Project.

I’m including the video below that I previously made about the article, and just want to say a huge thank you again to Marci O’Connor (beingmarci.com / @beingmarci ) and Today’s Parent Magazine for helping to raise awareness for women’s hair loss and for including The WHLP!

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Angela September 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Congratulations! That’s awesome. 🙂



Penny September 18, 2012 at 3:37 pm

I loved this artical, thank you for bringing it to my attention
May I boldly suggest that the only thing missing was the fact the the writer had over looked the importance of a Tricologist. We work very closely with dermatoligest’s and can offer great support and treatments.

Eager to read & learn more.



Electra September 18, 2012 at 5:44 pm
Annette September 19, 2012 at 5:11 am

Oh My GOSH!!! You are a HOOT!!! I LOVE the part where you say you do the little chair leap regarding cake and wine!!! LOL!!! Hilarious – count me in on that!!!

OH – DID I HAPPEN TO MENTION – you SHOULD WRITE A BOOK?!!! I am absolutely serious, Y – I think you have a ton to offer women who are going through this trauma (and YES it is a trauma). A couple of years ago I truly thought I was having a mental breakdown due to hair loss (well, I was) and THIS website helped me through with words of encouragement and sympathy. Sympathy is not something women with hair loss get very often – it just isn’t… Thank you again for everything you do for us……..


lina September 19, 2012 at 10:25 am

Your quote is bang on! It is nice to see awareness being raised, hopefully this will snow ball and let women know they are not alone. I am going to go get a copy of the magazine – can you autograph it for me 🙂
You’re a star – thank you and thanks to Marci for sharing and really helping to help us all.
hugs all the way around,


Angie T September 19, 2012 at 11:22 am

Good article, I too am always happy to see awareness brought to this issue. Ironically, I read an article last week about women’s hair loss….WHILE getting my hair done! I want to say it was in Good Housekeeping or Redbook, I honestly don’t recall. It wasn’t a great article, anyway.

I second, third, and fourth the motion that you should write a book, Y! Seriously! And I loved your quote, it spoke for every single one of us! xoxo


admin September 19, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Thank you everyone for the comments! I really appreciate it! I’m short on time right now and can’t write much but want to say thank you.. I’m definitely feeling all warm and fuzzy, NOOO it’s not an alcohol flush, I haven’t even had anything to drink… yet. 😉 I’ve gotten so much support from all you wonderful ladies, it’s been so amazing.

I hope in time I can get to the point I feel even more comfortable in my ummm “situation” that I can be more effective in helping to raise more awareness, and understanding for women’s hair loss.




phillygrl September 20, 2012 at 6:29 am

Hey ‘Y” ! Having a bit of the “darkness” come back this month from all this and I try not to post when that happens. Still reading everyday and using your site to try to fight through it 🙂

What a great article ! I hope the more it gets out there, more salons and physicians all over the country will see a great opportunity to make money and help women like us 🙂

Was wondering how your “girls” are holding up now that its been awhile? Someone posted about their Follea wig not lasting four months ?? But a lot of times, if you dig deeper, you find out it was posted by another wig company…surprise, surprise !

XOXOs to and all the brave women on here (esp. Lina and Electra)! Still walking with my cement shoes, asking why me instead of doing something . BUT, one day at a time, and all you women inspire me ! 🙂


admin September 20, 2012 at 8:03 am

Hi phillygrl – I’m so sorry to hear you are going through a dark patch, you should post always when you feel like it, through sadness and happiness we are here, I’m not just here for the laughs you know 😉

My girls are holding up great! No issues at all and I’ve had Natalia nearly 4 months and she isn’t showing any signs or decay yet LOL Furthermore, let me tell ya, I don’t exactly baby my hair. I pretty much sling these ladies around. At night you might find them on the coffee table, over the end of the couch, plopped over my laptop or on a stack of books. I’m not a delicate “brusher” either. I’m not saying that’s right, I probably should be more careful, but that’s just how they have fit into my life. The only time I do take precautions is in washing to make sure I don’t loosen the knots with the conditioner or shampoo for that matter, but that’s it. The rest of the time, it’s ON. But, with that said I’m also not a hair stylie girl, I’ve just done nothing with my own hair for so long that I don’t care to primp my wigs with curling irons or hairspray, so I’m not over heat styling them using “product” at all. Which will help them to have a longer life overall. I’m thinking of getting a curling iron at some point to have fun with some loose barrel curls, but even when I do, do that, it will be like once in a blue moon – I don’t want to fuss with my wig too much, I just want to throw her own, get it straight on my head, brush it through and find the nearest coffee shop or bar (depending on the time of day).

Stomp your feet and start cracking the cement off those shoes… it takes time so be patient with yourself… and don’t avoid writing because you don’t want to be a downer, have you read my blog? 😉 More than half of it is me sharing my downer hair loss life I was having at any given moment, crying spells and depression… that should be my middle name LOL

Here for ya always



Electra September 20, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Hugs Phillygrl! From the former Phillygirl. 🙂


Lina September 21, 2012 at 10:56 am

Hang in Phillygrl! I always think of you and look for you on here. You can drop me an email anytime you want to vent, cry, laugh, swear, scream – I can tell you all my dark moments – you are not alone honey. xoxo


Electra September 21, 2012 at 3:59 pm

PS. Phillygrl, when you are ready, if you decide to go one of our local wig shops, I’d be glad to meet you there if you need some moral support. I think you’d like Lorraine at Hair Options. Anytime.


suki September 23, 2012 at 10:00 am

love it, y. thank you for bringing this to our collective attention. going to read now. and btw, this is a good opportunity for all of us to celebrate all you’ve done to let us know that We.Are.Not.Alone! it’s made a huuuuuuuuge difference even to someone like me who limped along a lonely hair loss road for forty-some years before i had the great good luck to discover WHLP. and i’ve said it before: you should write a book. and then the movie. and then the musical. and then the TV series. “Breaking Bald”? xo


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