3 Psychological Responses to Hair Loss

3 Psychological Responses to Hair Loss

Combating hair loss is as much of a metal strife as it is a physical one. The loss of hair will do your body little harm (unless you are suffering from fungal infections which can spread all over the body if left unattended). However, seeing your hair fall off the scalp will engrave a deep scar in your mind. We are currently living in the age of beauty consciousness. Appearance and looks are more important today than they ever were. Maintaining your hairstyle is an integral part of having a fashion statement or being well groomed. There are very few people in the world who do not wake up in the morning and fix their hair in an attempt to look more decent and charming. Given the amount of importance that hair has in our lives, it comes as little surprise that the loss of hair can be a devastating psychological blow for any individual regardless of age, gender and nationality.

People are simply petrified by the thought of going bald. Hair loss is an experience that most people would do anything to not endure. When you think about it, losing your hair is almost the same as signing up for public shaming. The number of derogatory and obnoxious remarks about receding hair line and bald spots that a person who is suffering from hair loss receives is overwhelming to say the least. This definitely takes a toll on the mind of the person. The amount of money that people pour into the hair care industry (which is estimated to be well over a billion dollar industry) is a testament to the fact that people are willing to give it their all to avoid the hair loss predicament.

Hair loss puts you in a state of embarrassment, dejection and sorrow. As a matter of fact, balding is one of the primary reasons why people lose their self esteem, self respect and self confidence. It can compel people to lose motivation in their personal, academic and professional lives. It adversely affects social interactions and can force an individual to become reclusive and unsocial. The manner in which people cope with hair loss varies from one individual to the other. The following is an outline of the general process in which we respond to hair loss:

1) Moment of Realization

The moment of realization usually takes place in your bathroom mirror. That is the place where you start noticing the imperfections in your beautiful hair. You soon realize that you are missing some hair strands and that you have gone through excessive hair shedding in the last few days. You notice that your scalp is more exposed than it ever was.

The moment of realization may strike you through a photograph where you notice your thinning hair. Perhaps the photograph reveals a bald spot that you have never laid your eyes upon. Sometimes, it is the hair dresser that breaks the news to you.

Whichever the case is, the initial discovery always comes off as a soul crushing shock. Most people take their hair for granted and could never expect it to fall off prematurely. Since hair loss is most commonly associated with aging, people in their 20s or 30s can be very unsettled by the discovery of hair loss. It is also worth noting that it is very common for people to not notice their hair loss until they have lost about 50% of their hair.

2) Confused Reactions

Different people react to hair loss in different ways. However, if you were to closely study their reactions, then you would be sure to find certain commonalities in how they receive the discovery of hair loss.

Some people engage in a “self hair talk” where they question the legitimacy of their hair loss. They struggle to believe that they have already set foot on the path of balding. They tend to blame their elaborate imaginations for the appearance of thinning hair.

Then there are those who begin to analyze their feelings. These people are in doubt about whether or not hair loss is an issue that they should be genuinely concerned about.

It is even quite common for people to start counting their hair. They count the number of hair strands they find on the pillow, the wash basin or on the keyboard of their computer in an attempt to find out whether it is normal for someone to lose “X” amount of hair per day.

3) Panic Mode

Once people are over their doubts and denial, they find themselves stuck in panic mode. At this phase, people are overwhelmed with emotions. Thus, they struggle to decide upon an appropriate course of action. This panic mode is what compels so many people around the world to look for instant fixes to hair loss. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as an overnight cure for this ailment. Expenses on instantaneous hair loss cures are a complete waste of money.

In an ideal situation, the panic mode phase should be followed up by slow acceptance of the problem and then a relentless urge to find a strategic solution to hair loss.