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The Importance of Hair and How We Feel About Hair Loss

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Key Takeaways:

  • Hair is a part of our identity
  • Societal influences can bring on fear or anxiety about hair loss
  • Hair loss can make anyone feel helpless
  • It is possible to love your hair again

Y   ou can probably think of a dozen or more words and phrases that describe someone’s hair; shiny, beautiful, thick, slicked back, her crowning glory, luxurious, silky, a lion’s mane, he has hair like Elvis, she has hair like Farrah Fawcett, hair that cascades down her back, and the list continues on. And you probably heard of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and knowing the story, Goldilocks has a clear association with being sweet, pure, and innocent. Even the notion that “blondes have more fun” suggests a personality trait associated with that specific hair color.

Phrases and images can be found in theater, television, literature, and movies that suggest the power and allure of hair. And through the years, hair has been a symbol of social status, sex appeal, attractiveness, self-expression, and physical superiority.

With these images that are held high in society and of a cultural mindset, it’s not surprising that the psychological effects of hair loss include fear, loss of self-worth, and loss of self-esteem. A “bad hair day” can ruin your week; a “no hair day” can ruin your life.

As humans, male or female, you become quite used to your facial features and usually accept them; your nose from dad, your eyes from mom, your chin from grandma, your forehead from grandpa, etc. There seems to be little choice but to accept them.

Goldilocks has a clear association with being sweet, pure, and innocent. Even the notion that “blondes have more fun” suggests a personality trait associated with that specific hair color.

On the other hand, your hair never seems to make you happy; you cut it, let it grow, color it, and straighten it or curl it at will. And whether you choose straight styles, beach waves, twists, weaves, Afros, or striking neon colors, you’re saying something about how you want to present yourself. Could your motivation to change your appearance be to reinvent what the world sees about you, or could it possibly be connected with a desire or need to alter the images that you hold of yourself? Could self-image, after all, be at the root of your reaction to hair loss?

As hair loss occurs, you end up feeling helpless because you’re at the mercy of your hair; you can’t control it falling out more than you can control the weather. As your hair goes, you feel that you’re going with it; raising all kinds of personal feelings, emotions, and expectations. Experiencing hair loss can seem like an endless roller coaster ride of emotions. But hair loss is not life-threatening and even without a cure, you shouldn’t feel hopeless. If you’re just starting to lose your hair or if you’re already going bald, the hair loss industry has options for you.

There is a whole world of hair loss solutions that claim to help hair loss: Propecia, Minoxidil, vitamins, laser light, powders, shampoos, hair growth pills, and serums. Then there are hair loss solutions to replace your hair or cover up your hair, surgically or nonsurgically. Because you’re in a desperate state to see yourself with hair again, you become quick to try something without thinking it through. Research and education are critical for any hair loss product or company; you don’t want to waste your money, your time, or lose more of your hair.

Hair loss is a life-long journey, but the right hair loss solution can make it worth the ride. Read reviews and explore your options. It’s worth the time and effort, rather than feeling regret or disappointed. Hair loss changes your life, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel; it’s possible to love your hair again.