There are few people in this world, when given a choice that would happily accept hair loss. The emotional and social challenges of getting used to and living with hair loss can be quite challenging for most of us.
The Catch 22 with hair loss is that while stress is often attributed to the condition, it is the actual discovery of hair loss that eventually results in additional stress. Whether you are a man or woman, the outcome is almost always the same.
Handling Emotional and Social Challenges
All across history, attitude towards baldness in any form has been consistently negative. To live with alopecia is often socially challenging because contemporary culture continues to view the existence of a head of hair as a sign of good health and youth.
However, medical service providers continue to look at this condition only as a medical problem and tend to neglect the stress an individual suffers if the right kind of support is not provided.
The Many Colors of Emotional Distress in Hair Loss
- Concerns towards the end of Youth
The loss of hair often results in an aged face among men and women. Consequently, the advent of hair loss without any other real physical change psychologically signals the end of youth and vitality among many.
- Incapability to Style Hair
Hair loss patients most often get frustrated at the trouble that goes into camouflaging thinning hair. The inability to style one’s hair to one’s own liking often results in social frustration.
- Dissatisfaction with One’s own Appearance
A receding hairline often drastically changes the way a person looks. Hair loss results in the shifting of the balance of the face to the forehead which eventually gives you an aged look. This effect can be observed across all age groups however, loss of body image is a common problem among younger individuals. Studies also show that women that have a more negative body image were not able to adapt to the loss as easily. There are no debates on the fact that women tend to suffer more socially and emotionally than men when it comes to hair loss.
- Lower Self Esteem
The unfortunate truth about human nature is that physical beauty is often given a lot of impetus when it comes to self esteem. With hair loss, many also tend to lose out on their self esteem levels and their own measures of self worth. All of this eventually impacts how they interact with others in social environments.
- Fear of Not Looking Attractive to Others
Hair is a critical aspect that determines physical attractiveness. Furthermore, it is an effective means to express one’s own individuality. This social norm eventually influences an individual’s feeling of attractiveness. Balding women find it harder to live in a society that lays sufficient impetus to attractiveness and a youthful appearance. Loss of hair proves to be rather traumatic in such scenarios.
- Loss of Confidence
There is no guaranteeing that the gain of hair can bring back self-confidence but studies show that 75% men that suffer from hair loss tend to feel less confident have insecure professional and personal lives.
- Social Teasing
There are still a number of insensitive people in the world who will go out of the way to subject individuals with balding issues to teasing or humiliation. With as many as 60% of men being teased at some point during their lives, this social stigma can be solved only with a more positive and confident approach.
In extreme cases, men and women tend to go into depression or introversion. By harping on subconscious emotions such as jealousy and envy, one is not going to be able change the situation. Working on building your confidence and looking at the brighter side is always a better way to go!