When we first notice out hair beginning to fall out, our first instinct is to immediately reverse that hair loss and get our hairlines looking full again. That instinct is motivated by the adverse emotional effects that can from losing our hair, most notably a huge hit to our self-esteem.
Despite being the instinct behind our motivation to combat hair loss, I found few resources online discussing the emotional aspects of hair loss. I decided to take the opportunity to create my own.
Why Is Losing Our Hair So Hard?
Losing our hair is so hard simply because of the connection our society puts between a healthy head of hair and attractiveness. Many cultures around the world see healthy, beautiful hair as marker of not only youth, but beauty. Hair loss directly impedes that association.
For many, their hair is an avenue for self-expression, similar to piercings and tattoos — without some of the same level of commitment. Hairstyles allow us to transform into a new person each day and convey a new attitude toward the rest of the world. For the more courageous people out there, hair dye let us change our hair to every color of the rainbow.
Coping Mechanisms for Hair Loss
Here are some of the things that people choose to do, after hair loss:
- Put things into perspective
No one doubts the effect that hair loss can have on our self-esteem, but hair loss isn’t life-threatening. Over time, you’ll learn how to live with your hair loss.
If you’re noticing that your hair thinning is having an extreme impact on you and your mental health, you might want to consider reaching out to a therapist.
- Have hope
Don’t forget that you have options! The medical field has expanded to include medicine, shampoos, and scalp micropigmentation treatments from companies like DC Micro — all designed to have your hairline look full again.