Hair loss affects the mind
Anyone affected by hair loss often suffers a great deal because of it. A full head of hair is important to women in particular, as healthy hair helps them to feel beautiful and attractive. It is an expression of our individualism, a symbol of health and femininity. Beautiful hair affects not just our self-esteem, but also our influence on others: our hair is a fundamental part of our personality.
The psychological effects of hair loss are very real
There’s no doubt that hair loss and thinning hair can have a serious negative impact on a person’s self-esteem. It can lead to depression, anxiety and other emotional issues but there are positive steps you can take to combat the negative impact of hair loss.
Hair loss (alopecia) or thinning hair has many causes, from genetics to cancer treatments, an underactive thyroid and certain medications. Whatever the cause of your own hair loss, you need to be able to deal with it in a positive way.
Why do we find hair loss so devastating?
Low self-esteem resulting from hair loss is mostly culturally biased. Just look at the biblical story of Samson, who lost his strength when his hair was cut off.
Throughout the world, humans associate luxuriant locks with youth, beauty, and vibrant good health. Hairstyles of every variety have also been a form of adornment down the centuries. Healthy, glossy hair is associated with virility in men, and sensuality and beauty in women. No wonder hair loss makes us feel less desirable and less attractive.
How to deal with hair loss and thinning hair?
Whatever the cause, the key to dealing with the negative emotions thinning hair and bald spots can create is to keep a positive attitude. Hair loss is not the end of the world and you are not reliant on your hair for your self-esteem.
Here are a few positive ways to deal with the emotional impact of hair loss:
- Keep reminding yourself that hair loss is not life-threatening. It may be unpleasant and unfortunate but you can live with it and retain your self-esteem.
- Your friends and family love you for yourself, not for the fullness or otherwise of your hair. Your partner will still find you attractive, despite a bald spot.
- Visit a hair stylist for advice on the best hairstyle for you and avoid hiding bald spots with comb-over. You may wish to consider using a wig, hats or head scarves to feel more confident and fashionable when you are out and about in public.
- Consider seeing a counselor. If hair loss is having a deep psychological impact and impeding your enjoyment of life, a therapist may be able to talk through this with you and devise ways to make you feel more positive.
- In some cases, the hair loss may be temporary so it’s important to keep in mind that your hair will grow back. Chemotherapy for the treatment of cancer and many other medical conditions can cause only temporary hair loss.
- Be sure to take a positive view of hair loss or thinning hair and keep it in perspective. Be determined that your thinning hair will not get you down, and switch your focus to alternative ways to feel positive about your own appearance.