How Hair Loss Affects Us Emotionally
Despite it being common in men, with an estimated two-thirds of men experiencing male pattern-baldness by the age of 60, hair loss can be an emotionally and psychologically difficult experience. This is especially the case for women, seeing as a woman’s hair has in most societies been associated with her beauty and youth.
Hair loss can occur for many reasons, from genetics and hormones, to medications or other health problems. Though whatever the cause, hair loss or thinning can cause great distress, and in some cases problems such as low self-esteem can arise, along with anxiety, depression or an impaired quality of life. That’s why many adults look for hair loss treatment such as hair replacement therapy, which is less intrusive than hair transplants.
The emotional implications of hair loss
1. The age-old fear of ageing
When you think of people with less or without hair, you generally picture someone older, as this is usually the case. Therefore those who have begun to suffer from hair loss, may contribute it to their lost youth and vitality. This can potentially have a harmful impact on the way they see themselves and the way others perceive them.
2. A lowered confidence and self-esteem
A lot of us place much value on our appearance when it comes to boosting our self-esteem, so hair loss or thinning can lead to a lost confidence in someone’s feelings of attractiveness and desirability. In fact when we suddenly find that we are losing our hair it can have a serious effect on their personality, making them shyer when dealing with the opposite sex.
Frustration with the lack of options
We often see our hair and the way we style it as an extension of our personality. That’s why it’s easy to see why people can become frustrated that they cannot style their hair as they’d like. However with a professional, natural looking hair replacement system you can choose the colour, density and style of the hair and create versatile looks.
4. Hair loss and body image
Again, for both men and women their hair is linked to their sexuality and beauty. Since hair loss can dramatically change the way we look, for some people who are less able to adapt, it can create for them a negative body image. In worse cases it could lead to a body dysmorphic disorder, where sufferers are extremely anxious about their appearance.
As well as feelings of withdrawal, the devastation of losing their hair can lead some people to depression. They feel a lack of control in their lives and a change or loss which they cannot reverse. They may compare themselves to others and unintentionally, and subconsciously suffer from jealousy of other men and women with hair.
6. The emotional impact on everyday life
Since it can be quite a visible condition, people with hair loss or thinning may fear social situations where the chances of teasing or embarrassment may arise. Our hair is seen as an important part of our physical appearance, so people without their full head of hair may avoid social activities and their friends. The emotional problems of hair loss can also extend to how someone might behave and perform at work.
The reality of hair loss can be hard to deal with and emotionally straining for many. Hair replacement therapy is a great option for people who feel they have lost their self-esteem and individuality, as systems are fully customized and tailored to the wearer’s individual patterns of hair loss. This creates a highly natural look, giving the wearer the chance to style their hair and feel happier about their appearance again.
If you’d like to find out more about dealing with hair loss or our hair replacement systems, please contact us at 04-335 3336 and we’d be happy to help you in a confidential consultation. We are located at the Fairmont Dubai, Suite 701 & 703, Sheikh Zayed Road.