Hair Today...

Few like to mention it, but female hair loss is a widespread problem

Barbara Cox was distraught. By the time the Darien, Conn., fund raiser was in her mid-50s, her hair had become thin and wispy. "I didn't want to go swimming," recalls Cox. "I didn't want to exercise because when I did and my hair got wet, it made the receding spots particularly apparent." Despite her distress, Cox never uttered a word. "I felt kind of silly obsessing about it, but it was increasingly important to me." Finally she broached the topic with her husband. "He said, 'You look fine. No problem,'" she says. But that didn't stop her from worrying.

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