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What Are the Psychosocial Consequences of Losing Your Hair?

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Hair is one of the most defining features of any person – even if you don’t have any – which is why it’s so important to people. On average, each human will lose between 50 and 100 a day but in some cases mean we lose hair much quicker. This includes:

  • Male or female pattern baldness which is hereditary
  • Stress
  • Illnesses 
  • Cancer treatment 
  • Weight loss 
  • Iron deficiency

If this has been happening to you then it’s important to know that any negative feelings are completely normal and are common among many people that are losing their hair. In this article, we’ll explore the topic in greater depth and discuss the different ways you can combat hair loss. Read on to find out more.

Why is hair important to us?

Whatever your gender, hair is one of the first things that others notice. A good – or bad – haircut will stand out and so when we’re aware of hair loss it can have a big impact on our mental health. Here are some other reasons why hair is so important to us:

  • Boost confidence 
  • Enhance our looks
  • Hair can hide other imperfections 
  • Allows you to be unique 
  • Gives you identity 
  • Makes you look young

How can losing your hair affect your life?

Losing your hair can cause mental health issues. Many people can find it extremely upsetting and depressing if they lose their hair. However, stressing can also cause more hair loss so it’s a vicious circle.

The psychosocial impact is greater on women than it is on men

Hair loss is most common in men with it affecting 25% of men before the age of 30. As a result, the efforts to reduce the stigma and psychosocial burden of hair loss in men have been going on for decades. 

However, with this being more commonly associated with men, it can have huge psychosocial impacts on women as they may feel more alienated by the ongoing changes to their hair. This could lead to further mental health issues and anxiety. 

How to combat hair loss

People no longer have to endure hair loss to the same extent. There are now plenty of remedies or procedures that can help. These include:

  • Hair transplants
  • Prescription hair loss treatment tablets
  • Wearing wigs. Modern wigs are highly realistic, so you can hardly notice
  • Tattooing the body to make it look like short hairs
  • Emotional support from groups designed for people with hair loss anxiety

All of these methods come at a range of different price points which means no one has to suffer. Choose a remedy in your budget and feel better about yourself and your hair.

Zuella Montemayor did her degree in psychology at the University of Toronto. She is interested in mental health, wellness, and lifestyle. 

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