The Social and Emotional Effects of Hair Loss
According to statistics, around 85% of men will experience hair loss to some degree at some point in life. 50 million of those men suffer baldness due to their genetic predisposition. And in spite of how widespread the issue is, it still breeds social and psychological issues.
Causes of hair loss
1– Genetic predisposition
Hair loss can be blamed on many factors most of which are not within our hands. Take for example, androgenic alopecia, commonly known as male pattern baldness. Male pattern baldness is the most common condition that causes hair loss in both men and women. In summary, male pattern baldness happens due to hypersensitivity of follicular units to male hormones, which causes them to shrink and close.
Another genetic cause is alopecia areata, this type of alopecia (hair loss) is a result of an autoimmune disorder. The immune system of people with alopecia areata is constantly attacking their own follicular unit resulting in their destruction.
It is not always out of our hands to reverse hair loss. In some cases, simple dietary changes would suffice in stopping hair loss and increasing hair density. Diets low in iron cause anemia a condition where the red blood cell count in the blood is too low. Anemia consequently leads to hair loss, which patients can stop by increasing their iron intake via supplements or diet changes.
Diets rich in Vitamin A can contribute to hair loss. Simply maintaining dietry intakes could counteract this problem
3– Styling and hygiene
Styling and hygiene can have a drastic impact on the overall health and strength of the hair. But thankfully, it is not anything a few lifestyle changes can’t fix. People who like to wear their hair tight or in dreads often report hair loss. It is important to let your hair breathe and relax a few days a week to prevent this. Do not apply pressure or pull it back tightly as this tends to pull the hair out. Maintaining a good hair hygiene regimen is also essential. We recommend washing the hair 3 times a week with daily combing at least twice a day. Combing helps stimulate blood flow to the scalp which in return gives the hair more shine.
Aside from changes in physical term, hair loss causes more complex issues. And just because they cannot be seen does not mean they don’t exist. Surprisingly, a very high percentage of people who suffer hair loss report feelings of depression and inadequacy. Our hair is a very prominent part of our appearance and is often the first things people notice about us.
Balding is seen by society at large as a signal of ageing and many people. Which as a result makes people worry how their current or potential partners might perceive them. Several studies have been carried out showing that employers unconsciously discriminate against people who are suffering from hair loss. They associate it with being older and assume hiring people who are balding could be disadvantageous to the firm. Many people feel that there is nothing that they can do about hair loss and it is this sense of a loss of control that can cause them anguish, resulting in a heightened state of anxiety.
Hair transplant Surgery
technological advancements have made it possible to combat this obstacle. Hair transplantations can do wonders and have become popular in recent years for the positive impact it made on so many lives. Not only are the results natural, they are also permanent making it a one-time procedure.