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psychological impact of hair loss

The Psychological Impact of Hair Loss

psychological impact of hair lossIf you’re one of the 55 million people in the United States who suffer from hair loss, you understand first-hand that thinning, shedding and balding have devastating emotional side effects. Hair is both natural and symbolic – it’s interwoven in the figurative fabric of nearly every culture across the globe. And while it’s not as central to human survival as it was prior to clothing and indoor heating, hair is a biological feature that has since adapted into a believed notion of superior health and well-being.

Given its societal importance, the psychological impact of hair loss is often emotionally scarring. Most frequently, men and women with hair loss suffer severe declines in self-confidence and heightened anxiety over their changing appearance. In more severe cases, people with hair loss can develop body dysmorphic disorder, ongoing depression and endure a diminished quality of life. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the psychological impact of hair loss can be traumatic, leading patients to go as far as isolating themselves from embarrassment or shame. This can be even worse for women, who account for approximately 40 percent of hair loss cases, feeling increased communal pressure to conform to a specific and standard ideal of attractiveness.

Such emotional ordeals have negative consequences on healthy interpersonal and social interactions, but also career development and drive. Consider the following examples of how hair loss takes a toll on everyday life:

  • Increased stress, grief or unease during basic routine activities
  • Decreased desire to engage in new or existing romantic relationships
  • Overwhelming feelings of embarrassment or humiliation that interfere with personal goals or tasks
  • Jealous or envious thoughts about those who don’t suffer from hair loss; feeling the need to constantly compare to others
  • Work-related obstacles, particularly for individuals in broadcasting or other publicized positions
  • Shutting off from friends or family and missing out on important life events for fear of highlighting hair loss symptoms

Although millions of people suffer from hair loss, the emotional consequences are no less scarring. Hair loss treatment should not be regarded as a course of action driven by vanity, but rather a courageous step toward reclaimed emotional health.

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we identify hair loss causes and provide treatment plans that best suit your specific condition and preferred lifestyle. Through comprehensive approaches, state-of-the-art techniques and a general sense of empathy and understanding, our team is ready to guide you through your hair restoration journey. To get started, call our hair loss specialists at 305-925-0222.

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3 Hair Care Resolutions for 2017

hair care resolutionsMost New Year’s resolutions fail – but not due to lack of desire. Research shows that setting lofty and unrealistic goals sets you up for failure come February. So, if you’re looking to lose 30 pounds in two months or make an extra $10,000 in the near term, you might want to reassess your ambitions.

The key is to start small and pave a path toward the prosperous year ahead. For hair loss patients, thinning, shedding and balding can hold you back and diminish your desire to chase after other personal objectives, like weight loss or career goals. Boost self-esteem and give yourself encouragement with the following hair care resolutions for 2017:

Give Hair a Break

Between hairdryers, hot styling tools, sun exposure and harsh shampoos, your strands face a great deal of adversity. Unfortunately, hair habits that lead to damage cause breakage, dehydration and dullness. Join the “no heat challenge” and dry naturally during the workweek as part of your hair care resolutions. If you’re prone to flyaways and frizziness, use a deep conditioning treatment once per week to maintain smoothness and strength. In addition, apply hair oil to dry strands to keep pieces in place throughout the day. When all else fails, a loose top-knot or low bun looks chic and put together with little prep involved. Men can use a pomade for a styled and sophisticated ‘do.

Drink More Water

Your hair needs to hydrate, too! Dehydration tends to show up on your scalp, most obviously with dandruff and dullness. In addition, dehydration can sometimes trigger hair loss. Hair shafts are made up of approximately 25 percent water, and lack of moisture causes the shaft to weaken. Boosting your H20 intake as part of your hair care resolutions helps hair grow and shine, but also promotes healthy, younger-looking skin. Water is also essential to proper circulation and flushing toxins, so drink at least 64-oz per day to keep your health and appearance at its peak.  

Stop Procrastinating 

You can only hide your hair loss for so long until it negatively impacts your self-esteem, emotional wellbeing and productivity. Set yourself up for a healthier and happier New Year by addressing and treating hair loss head-on. At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we invite patients to join us for a consultation to diagnose hair loss conditions and discuss comprehensive treatment plans. Our philosophy is to create a medical environment of understanding, comfort, practicality and positivity. Call us at 305-925-0222 or schedule an appointment online to jumpstart your journey toward self-confidence. The best way to set your hair care resolutions is by aligning future intentions with your current lifestyle. Our facility allows patients to undergo hair loss treatment without sacrificing personal lifestyles and existing routines.

 

Here at the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we understand you have a busy schedule and even bigger ambitions. Hair care resolutions for 2017 aren’t only easy to uphold, they help boost much needed self-esteem to encourage you to chase after the other things you want out of life.

We would like to wish all patients, readers and followers a healthy and Happy New Year!

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