Hair loss is nothing to joke about, especially because of the emotional and psychological effects that follow. Although hair loss is fairly common in both men and women, it often leads to a compromised sense of self-image and the potential to negatively impact other aspects of one’s life.
An estimated 50 percent of men experience hair loss before they turn 50. While less common, women hair loss sufferers make up approximately 30 million in the United States alone. Self-esteem, body image, and a lower quality of life are all possible side effects of hair loss. Women, who are consistently pressured from the media and social standards to look their best, are said to be even more susceptible to a negative self-image when their hair begins to shed. (i)
According to a study at the University of Westminster Department of Psychology of 214 individuals with alopecia (mean age 35), hair loss can impair quality of life (QoL) by having a negative impact on self-awareness. The study states, “Health professionals should recognize the psychological impact of alopecia and address negative beliefs and emotions surrounding the condition in treatment programmes.” (ii)
If you’re suffering from hair loss, you’re probably feeling some degree of self-consciousness. But, it’s important to keep an eye out for some of the deeper psychological effects. Here are three warning signs that hair loss is having a detrimental impact on your life.
1. Frequent Isolation and Avoidance of Social Situations
Do you find yourself avoiding everyday tasks and public places? If you avoid casual encounters and outings, like trips the grocery store, it could be attributed to the self consciousness that accompanies hair loss. You may not even realize the root of your avoidance, especially if your condition is fairly new. Negative feelings are typically worsened by isolation from such social isolation, often because it breeds feelings of loneliness and separation from friends and the community.
2. Missed Work Days
Even worse, some hair loss sufferers avoid going to work because they are too embarrassed or ashamed to expose their issue. Even when hair loss sufferers show up to work, staying quiet at meetings or failing to voice ideas and opinions to avoid drawing attention to the condition can hurt a professional career in the long run. These symptoms may only get worse if not addressed properly, and speaking to a hair loss professional can help you get started on the path to self-confidence.
3. Disinterest in Romance
Appearance plays a large role in successful relationships, sometimes due to our own opinions on how we look. Your partner may not necessarily think your hair loss is a big deal, but your negative self-perception can strip you of the confidence that once made your relationship rich and rewarding. It’s not necessarily hair loss itself that hurts a relationship, but more so the way an individual’s personal reflection causes them to shy away from their partner.
How to Stay Emotionally Positive Throughout Hair Loss
The easiest way to regain your confidence is by reversing and halting the hair loss causing your life problems. Hair restoration surgery is an option for men experiencing male pattern baldness, but often not a possibility for women due to the diffusiveness of their thinning locks.
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) acts as a standalone or complementary treatment for virtually anyone who suffers with thinning, shedding, or balding. Not only do LLLT caps promote new hair growth, they prevent further hair loss. Hair loss is a lifelong condition (unless caused by stress or an isolated event), and the FDA-cleared Capillus272™ is a safe, hassle-free solution for shedding hair for long-term results.
Don’t let the negative side effects of hair loss have a chance to ruin your life. For more information on laser hair therapy with Capillus, complete this complimentary hair loss evaluation form
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(i) Tucker P. Bald is beautiful?: the psychosocial impact of alopecia areata. J Health Psychol 2009;14:142-51.
(ii) Cartwright T, Endean N, Porter A. Illness perceptions, coping and quality of life in patients with alopecia. Br J Dermatol 2009;160:1034-39.