If you don't have a good control on the impacts of hair loss, it may be detrimental on how you perceive yourself. In a study, over 70% of men reported that hair is an important feature.
Today, we'll at the different psychological effects and impacts that alopecia has on you.
1. Lowered Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence
You become overly conscious about how your hair looks every single second. When the wind blows, you are afraid that people see your bald spots. You can't seem to stop thinking that the person you're conversing with is taking note of your hair.
In some cases, you feel unworthy. When someone compliments another on having great hair, you somehow feel inadequate and hopes that he/she won't comment on yours.
2. Not Being Able To Style Your Hair
If you've styled your hair before, you know the importance of how it can further improve your appearance. You could've been the master stylist who can shift your hair in a way that covers balding or thinning areas. We've done that too. But over time, the damage could prove to be too much. And you're not able to style it like before.
3. Loss of Personal Attractiveness
Let's face it. No matter what we tell ourselves that image doesn't matter, they still do. Perceptions of ours and others depend on the appearance we portray. Nobody wants to be unattractive, so we always strive to look better. If you're young and losing hair, this could even affect your dating life, and it is a common occurrence. In the end, you may feel less attractive to your partners.
4. Workplace Issues
Your chances of employment could be reduced if you're applying for a front-line role. Given all criteria are equal, an employer may choose a person who has a better 'appearance'. Even if you're already in a working in a front-line role like sales, you know that customers' first impressions are crucial.
5. Fear of Becoming Bald
A small thinning area could trigger massive negative emotions. If it progresses for the worse, the fear gets stronger, and you begin to overthink like it's the end of the world.
As the saying goes, "Control what you can control. Ignore what you can't control."
Just focus on what you can do to help the situation and dismiss thoughts that are out of your control. Don't overthink and let your thoughts consume you. It will only aggravate your thinning hair by giving you more stress.
6. Becoming Older
Although not always the case as hair loss can be seen at early ages of 18 years old, it is a sign of aging. You are losing your youth, and your desirability starts to drop.
7. Adverse Effects On Social Life
Teasing comes as a package. And it is unavoidable. Celebrity or not, people will make fun of you. Even your closest friends may lack the insensitivity and are guilty of this. This could lead to you staying away from 'friends' and becoming more introverted.
If you're a lady, this portion would be even more important to you. Why? Balding in men is deemed a social norm, and they can cope better with hair loss. But for women, their support system in this area is limited.
8. Overly Envious and Jealous of Others
Seeing others' healthy locks can trigger green in your eyes. You tend to compare yourself with others more which isn't healthy at all. You say you're not, but deep inside, you are.
"Why is this happening to me and not them?"
9. Feelings of Depression
When your hair loss is severe, it causes an adverse emotional reaction. This is particularly true in women as they put more weight on their appearances. In the extreme of cases, depression can be triggered. It is a place you will never want to be in.
10. Over-reliance on Caps
You rely on something that can cover your scalp. It's fine. But over-reliance could point to an even deeper psychological issue. That is how you feel about yourself. Some may experience being a prisoner to the cap. That's something that you want to work away from.
Our role here is not to induce fear with the implications of hair loss.
It is to educate.
You need to acknowledge that these are factors that you're facing. Only then can you start to take action. Either in the form of treatments, shaving it all, or changing your mindset.
Do some of these impacts resonate with you? What are some other effects or implications that you face? Tell us your experiences. We would love to hear from you.