What are the Psychological Effects of Hair Loss?

Psychological Effects of Hair Loss

Hair loss can be devastating. It opens floodgates of emotions for both men and women. To begin with, they lose their confidence and feel left out, especially when they are judged by their peers on the basis of their appearances. More often than not, they feel anxious and depressed. After all, it is not a choice they voluntarily opt for.

Here are some of the psychological effects of hair loss that people go through, which will give you a better perspective. Read on to know more.

    • They feel conscious about their looks: Loss of hair can alter a person’s look to a huge extent. It makes them look much older than they already are and this is what makes them more conscious than ever.It is the young brigade such as people in their early 20’s and 30’s, who are deeply affected by the loss of hair as it makes them appear way older than their counterparts. It’s like adding many years to their current age and they obviously end up feeling conscious about their look. This takes us to the next point.
    • They feel aged: Although lack of hair on the scalp is a sign of ageing, hair fall and hair loss can occur at any age. For instance, Alopecia Areata is a type of hair loss, which occurs in children. The hair falls out in patches and can lead to complete baldness in some cases. Therefore, people affected by similar condition look older and become mindful about their appearance.
    • They feel lack of control over their hair: When hair loss happens all of a sudden and that too for reasons unknown, people tend to think that they have no control whatsoever, over losing their hair. The problem worsens when they visit a trichologist or try to look up the cure on the internet only to find out that there is no explanation behind the sudden hair fall and loss.Moreover, when they find out that the condition is irreversible and no amount of treatment can bring back the lost hair or help them regrow their hair, they feel more dejected and keep losing sleep over it.
    • They aren’t able to style their hair: Hair loss sufferers are immensely frustrated by the fact that they won’t be able to style their hair the way they want. For instance, if a woman suffers from say, thinning of hair, all she can do is resort to wigs or extensions to hide the condition. But no amount of camouflaging can ever replace the joy of styling one’s natural hair from a salon or getting a celebrity-style haircut.Additionally, many of them find it time consuming to wear extensions and wigs and adjust them time and again. Also, they might be forced to wear hats and caps to protect their hair from damage, even when the weather is hot and humid. All these factors just add to their woes.
    • They feel insecure: When people suffer hair loss, they feel insecure and low on confidence. For instance, they develop a negative body image and feel low most of the time. They can’t help but think how the people around them will perceive their appearance and whether or not, the loss of hair will have an impact on their life, career and relationship(s). In short, when men or women suffer from hair loss, their self-esteem hits an all-time low.
    • They become depressed: Sometimes, when people lose hair at the peak of their youth, they are often teased about it or become subject to bullying. Faced with constant teasing and ridicule, they are stressed beyond measure. In extreme cases, this leads to depression and they have to seek professional help for the same.
    • They may feel envious and jealous: Lack of perfect tresses can often lead sufferers to harbor negative feelings about other people. For instance, they may envy and become jealous of others who have beautiful, lustrous hair (which they obviously lack). This situation becomes aggravated especially when people compliment others based on their looks and ignore them blatantly. This increases their insecurity and triggers off negative thoughts.
    • They withdraw into a shell: Due to hair loss problems, people often withdraw into a shell. For example, they stop attending events, deliberately avoid going to places where someone may recognize them, give excuses for not being able to turn up at social dos or outings et al. In a nutshell, their entire lifestyle changes because of one problem and in the long run, it can even alter their personalities. An extroverted person can become introverted for life.

Conclusion

Losing hair may alter how you look but it shouldn’t have an adverse effect on your personality. Just remember, hair loss is not always permanent and there is more to life than sporting a scalp full of hair all the time. Instead, focus on creating a stellar personality instead and leading a healthy life. Cheers!