If you’re dealing with hair loss, you are not alone. Besides the inconvenience of discovering extra hair in your brush or shower or thinning spots on your scalp, hair loss can also negatively impact your self-esteem and health. In this article, we’ll further explore ways hair loss can play a role in your sense of self and what you can do about it.
The Effect on Self-Esteem
In today’s society, we are constantly bombarded with images of beautiful people with bouncy and full heads of hair. These models and figures represent society’s expected norm and what we should strive to become. In contrast, balding is portrayed as a bad thing or something we should be ashamed of.
Many women associate hair with beauty, youth, and vitality. Many men see hair as a characteristic of masculinity, sexual prowess, and confidence. Experiencing hair loss can create feelings of sadness, hopelessness, embarrassment, frustration, and hyperfocus on your mortality.
Untreated over time, hair loss may contribute to depression, anxiety, and highly emotional states. Our hair is part of our physical appearance. It is intrinsically tied to our perception of ourselves and even our self-worth. Therefore, losing your hair can feel like losing a part of your identity and sense of self.
Hair Loss and Health
We also know that hair loss is associated with the natural aging process. Many people in their 30s and 40s experience mild hair thinning due to prolonged stress, emotional trauma, hormones, or genetics. Unfortunately, hair loss only progresses as we get older.
When we combine the mental and physical health effects that hair loss can have on one’s overall well-being, it presents itself as a vicious cycle; we feel stressed because we are experiencing hair loss, and because we are stressed, we lose more hair.
Stress and hair loss can also compound and create various adverse health effects like digestive issues, sleep deprivation, lower energy levels, nausea, and even panic attacks (to name a few).
How to Improve Hair Loss
Here’s some good news. Hair loss is very heavily studied, and there are so many proven treatments that can combat hair loss. A couple of these treatments include hair restoration and hair transplants. DFI (direct follicle implants) is a popular transplant technique because it offers natural-looking results without incisions, scarring, or pain.
If you are experiencing hair loss, our team is ready to help. Schedule a consultation with one of our experts and see if you are a candidate for hair restoration.