Lately I realized that 1 out 3 people that I talk to are currently suffering from some form of hair loss. In my previous article we’ve looked into the 4 ways that looks can affect confidence. However hair loss is not just about having another bad hair day. While confidence and self-esteem are top on the hit list, hair loss can have additional impacts emotionally and psychologically. So, if your other half seems reluctant and distant, there could be several underlying emotional causes.
Panic and uncertainty
The first time someone realizes that their hair is thinning out or falling out more than usual, there is an overwhelming sense of panic. Feeling scared and worried are typical reactions because there are so many doubtful and apprehensive thoughts that run through the mind: is this a temporary situation? What could be causing this? am I losing my hair for good?
what you can do: Reassure them that you will work together to come to the bottom of this issue. Support is the best remedy.
Feeling loss of sex appeal
Most people regardless of gender associate their hair with attractiveness. For some, they might begin to feel that they have lost their appeal to their partners. While this might not be true at all, it has a lot to do with self-perception.
What you can do: Communicate with them, enumerate the other reasons why you are still attracted to them and show them that their hair loss has not affected the relationship.
Some may feel that they are out of options, and don’t know where to turn to to get help either to mask the hair loss or to determine the cause of it. When desperation settles in, it affects the mood and everything else.
What you can do: Find a good stylist to help, doctors to uncover any medical condition and work through available resources/options together. In some cases, they might need to talk to a therapist to resolve those internal conflicts.
It is a fact that in this day and age, we are all concerned with ways to remain young and healthy. Baldness is often associated with aging even though young people can become bald too. However, the hair loss sufferer often feels embarrassed that he/she looks ‘older’ than his/her age.
what you can do: Again reassuring them and supporting them, while finding other options such as wigs, Toppik, or even shaving (usually for men).
Hair loss can lead to depression and should not be taken lightly. If someone you know is showing any signs of depression, they might need professional attention.