Hair Loss

The Psychological Effects of Hair Loss

As hair is very important for an individual's physical attractiveness and body image, hair loss often affects a person's self-image, self-esteem, and overall quality of life.

Studies have shown that people with 'normal' amounts of hair are viewed as more likeable, successful, and virile; whereas people with genetic hair loss are viewed as older and less desirable; however, they are also seen as more intelligent, stable, and conscientious. There is no evidence that losing hair causes job discrimination or voter bias (that is, political candidates have not been shown to be discriminated against by voters).

The extent of how people with genetic hair loss are effected by their condition is usually sex dependent. Women are more ashamed, distressed, anxious and concerned; have lower self-esteem; and have more social problems than men with hair loss or women with normal amounts of hair. Women also feel more uncomfortable in the presence of others. Studies of men are more conflicting. Some have reported minor social concerns but normal self-esteem and psychological profiles; on the other hand, other studies have concluded that hair loss is very stressful to men, causing diminished feelings of attractiveness and social functioning; lower self-esteem and body-image; and increased stress. These psychological effects seem to be influenced by a person's age, extent of hair thinning, and marital status. Hair loss problems have also been described in both sexes as symbolic for obtaining help for other underlying psychological or personal problems.

Not everyone with hair loss are worried. A lot of people, both men and women, have never sought treatments or advice from a expert and, therefore, do not seem to be overly concerned by their condition.

As you can see, some people are greatly affected by hair loss, whilst others really do not seem to care. Often, it just depends on the individual involved.

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