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How Hair Loss Affects Confidence
by Christine Steele
More than 80 million Americans are affected by hair loss. That’s 20 percent of the population.
Many people think hair loss only affects men, but hair loss in women is much more common than you think.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, more than 50% of women will experience noticeable hair loss in their lifetime.
That means both men and women can face the prospect of male or female pattern baldness.
That’s a scary prospect!
Hair loss affects your confidence and self-esteem, and that can impact your career, your personal relationships, and your dating life.
While hair loss is often associated with aging, it can actually start early in adulthood, creating a lifelong problem for those who experience it.
Nearly 25% of those who identify as male may start to bald before they turn 21, according to the American Hair Loss Association. By the time they are 35, two-thirds of American men will have experienced noticeable hair loss.
Negative Impact of Hair Loss
Most men who suffer from male pattern baldness are unhappy about it and would do anything to change it. Hair loss affects every aspect of a person’s life. Some men have even been known to change careers because of their hair loss.
When a woman experiences thinning hair or bald spots, it is found to have a significant negative impact on her self-esteem, well-being, and body image, according to a study in the American Academy of Family Physicians.
If you are someone who has experienced hair loss, then you know how devastating it can be.
Losing your hair impacts so many areas of your life. It’s not a myth. For centuries, long, flowing locks have been associated with power. In the biblical story of Samson and Delilah, Samson’s strength lies in his hair.
Culturally, across the globe, societies have valued long, luxurious hair, associating it with beauty, youth, and good health.
Numerous studies have been done that show the impact hair loss has on one’s confidence, career, and personal life.
Career Implications from Hair Loss
A study in Munich revealed that bald men were twice as likely to not receive a job offer than men with a full head of hair.
Business Insider reported that 63% of men said hair loss or balding has negatively affected their career. One business owner suffering from hair loss said that as his hairline receded, so did his clients, particularly those in creative fields, resulting in a 20% drop in his non-repeat client business.
Unfortunately, they are right. An experiment involving 100 German-speaking women, showed that they found bald men less physically attractive than men with a full head of hair.
Hair Loss Treatment Options
The good news is, you don’t have to accept hair loss without a fight. There are steps you can take to restore your hair and prevent further loss.
From oral and topical hair treatments to hair transplant surgery, there are many options for you if you are suffering from hair loss and want to address it.
And, studies show that men who pursue and receive successful treatment for hair loss, reported a nearly 60 percent improvement in self-esteem and self-confidence.
But don’t wait to seek treatment. You want to address your hair loss before it becomes irreversible. The sooner you start treatment, the sooner you will be on your way to a fuller, thicker head of hair.
Then you can say goodbye to balding, thinning hair!