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Hair Loss and Self Esteem


Severe hair loss and self esteem. Severe hair loss of the scalp evokes not only hair cosmetic concerns but may also evoke feelings of vulnerability (nakedness), loss of self-esteem, alterations in self-image, and, perhaps, even self-identity. Education and severe hair loss help is available.

 

Self Esteem and Baldness

In 1992, researchers at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, surveyed 145 men, and found that 84 percent of the bald men were preoccupied with their loss. They described themselves as filled with self-esteem issues, helplessness, and envy of men with full heads of hair. Single bald men and woman who had begun losing hair in their early twenties were more likely to suffer from extremely low self-esteem.

While stressful, balding isn't the end of the world. Although the men reported glancing in the mirror constantly and wearing hats even in warm weather, they manage to make it through their daily lives without much problem. For some it even sparked self-improvement tactics like fiddling with new hair styles, working out more, and dressing better. Survey result is;

 

How deep does a bald man's anxiety run?

 

Reported experience

extent of hair loss

 

low

high

Notice bald/balding men

 54% 

   82%

spend time looking in mirror at hair

54%

69%

Look older than actual age

40%

55%

Feel self-conscious

42%

78%

Worry that others will notice

39%

56%

worry about aging

37%

46%

Feel less attractive

31%

 51%

Envy good-looking men

33%

34%

Try to improve hair style

63%

 66%

Try to improve physique

41%

36%

dress nicer

26%

45%

Wear hats or caps

23%

41%

Seek reassurance about looks

23%

39%

Grow a beard or a mustache

18%

36%

Stereotypes associated with baldness are not flattering. A research back in 1971(2) had been conducted to investigate how one person was perceived by others can be influenced by quantity of scalp hair (regular, balding, and bald) as well as color, length, and quality of scalp hair. Pictures of the same person were presented to 60 judges. Differences in appearances of this person (i.e., experimental conditions of regular, balding, and bald) were  manipulated through modifications made by a commercial artist. The results revealed that the person with a regular quantity of hair was rated as most handsome, virile, strong, active, and sharp. The person with a balding head of hair was rated as least potent, weak, dull, and inactive, and the person with a bald head of hair was rated as most unkind, bad, and ugly.

Many other studies also show employment discrimination based on a person's appearance.

Motivation to avoid baldness is not confined to this century. In 1150 BC hair loss help consisted of Egyptian men smearing their scalps with fats from ibex, lions, crocodiles, serpents, geese, and hippopotamuses. In modern society, this aversion is readily evident from the many available remedies suggesting help such as creams, hormones, vitamins, hair pieces, human hair wigs, scalp reduction and hair transplants. A government report in 1983 reveals that over the past 9 years the FDA has overseen the investigation of ingredients in about 300,000 products claimed to help hair re-grow, none of them has any medical benefit, of course!

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