Emotional Impact of Hair Loss
Studies are clear that even the most minor hair loss can be devastating to a person’s self-esteem, self-image and overall quality of life. While hair loss is not a life-threatening disease, our culture views hair as representative of beauty, youth and health. Our hair is part of our self-identity and self-esteem.
In the ‘60s men grew out their hair was a form of social rebellion. The musical ‘Hair’ portrayed that struggle well. Our “crowning glory “communicates well-being, desirability, and social and financial status. There are 18 biblical references to hair as representing health, beauty, youth, wisdom and vitality. One verse says it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut off, or her head shaved. Another says a woman’s long hair is her glory. In Samson and Delilah, Delilah shaved Sampson’s hair as he slept. Once his hair was cut, Samson lost his strength and was captured and blinded. Rapunzel cut her hair to symbolize separation from mother.
Hair is portrayed as an expression of individual and group identity, social status, power and the social experience. Women describe their hair as important to their femininity, fertility, sexuality and self-confidence. Even today, many men including millennials view women with short hair as making a political statement! Men like long hair on women. Even older women who cut their hair are judged to be sexless.
Men describe their hair as a key element of their masculinity, sexual potency, power and self-confidence. We all know that a bad hair day can devastating to our psychological well-being.
Given the historical, religious, literary, romantic and deep cultural significance of hair and physical appearance, both men and women will experience trauma that can cause personal, social and work problems. Both sexes go through a series of psychological stages as the hair thins including feelings of helplessness, anxiety and depression, emotional suffering, stress and even social phobias.
Men who lose their hair in middle age are still viewed as attractive, while women who lose hair in middle age are viewed as old and unattractive.
In the last few years some, but not all men, including macho – type celebrities, intellectuals, musicians and athletes, have adopted the “bald is beautiful” approach and shaved their heads. But many men choose to camouflage their hair loss with wigs, hair pieces, hair building fibers, and comb-overs.
Women spend significant dollars on camouflaging hair loss with expensive hair extensions, wigs, hair building fibers, volumizing shampoos and conditioners, and elaborate hair styles.
Patients often come into our office so embarrassed about their hair loss, that they even hesitate to reveal their condition to us!
There are many causes of hair loss and often hair loss is due to a combination of factors including heredity, hormones, stress, poor diet, medications, thyroid problems, some diseases, and even hair styles that pull on the hair follicles.
At Powell Hair Restoration in Cardiff, California, we specialize in hair loss and have a variety of services and procedures that can help restore your hair. When you come to our office you will receive compassionate, personalized confidential services based on state – of – the – art scientific discoveries and sound science.