05/28/2014 11:50 am ET Updated Jul 28, 2014

Handling Fine Hair in Social Situations

Hair is one of the first things people notice about someone during a first impression. It's a big topic among personal conversations to news headlines such as which starlet has a new look or color. As such, if you're experiencing hair loss or fine hair there is no doubt that when hair talk comes up you may start to feel self-conscious and cringe on the inside, wishing the conversation would move along.

There are a variety of causes for fine hair and hair loss ranging from medical conditions to genetics to lifestyle. Regardless of the reason, fine hair or hair loss is often damaging to a woman's self-esteem. If your hair begins to thin, friends and family may ask about it, genuinely concerned for your well-being.

Instead of dwelling in a cloud of negativity and dreading your next conversation or social outing, the best thing to do is to be prepared for such conversations, embrace your situation and feel confident in your response.

Value yourself first. Make a list of all the things you love about yourself. You are blessed with so many attributes; focus on those and how they have helped you accomplish your goals. In fact, responding to a comment about your fine hair with one of your favorite qualities about yourself is a great option. "Thank goodness I am blessed with great eyes... I can always buy more hair!"

Be grateful. Be grateful of the little things and loved ones that are there to support you in any case. Remember the thoughts you have about loving yourself and those who love you.

Be prepared for the bad. If someone is rude enough to put you down, take deep breath and protect your heart. Sometimes people say things without thinking. Be assertive and let them know it's not okay, then move on as to avoid escalating tensions that are not worth your time.

Be prepared for the good. Sometimes people are just curious or may have friends and family who are going through the same thing and want to show support. Be open if you feel comfortable speaking about it and remember all the things listed above. If you don't want to touch on the subject feel free to say so as well.

Turn it around. When someone prods our Achilles heel, we may instinctually respond rudely in return. However, by saying something nice about them in return you can "kill them with kindness" while empowering yourself to be the bigger person.

Join a support group. Having a group of people going through the same thing may shed light to the different ways one can deal with fine hair in social situations. You can laugh it off together and boosts each other's confidence knowing there are other people going through the same thing you are.

Make the best of what you have. You can become more confident by styling your hair in a way that can help diminish the appearance of fine hair. Know what other options are available for you. Buying more hair is always a viable option!

Next time you're out in a social setting, keep all these things in mind and don't shy away from contributing to a conversation about hair. Your voice and opinion matters just as well as anybody's. Your perspective may be refreshing and you'll have peace of mind in your own confidence.