Hair loss is also known as alopecia in medical terms. It is a prevalent problem that many people are suffering from. It can affect both men and women, and it can affect any age group too. Hair loss is a very underreported problem, and the psychological effects of hair loss have always been ignored.
Hair plays a vital role in forming your overall personality, and when you have good hair, you have more self-confidence, you look more attractive, and you have the motivation to step out of your house with zeal and zest but imagine if that very part of your personality is taken away from you, how would that feel?
Imagine stepping out of your house with a feeling that people would stare at you with a different outlook, and they would pass strange and weird comments on your appearance. The very thought of all of this gives me a chill.
Our stressful lifestyle and unhealthy eating habits are responsible for premature balding, which is becoming a very common problem. Premature balding refers to the hair loss that occurs prior to the anticipated time according to the natural history of the disease.
Few research studies have shown that the amount of stress that people with hair loss suffer is proportionate to the amount of stress endured by patients who have chronic life-threatening diseases. Guys, although hair loss is not a life-threatening disease, it poses a massive burden on the mental health of the patient.
People tend to overburden themselves, and this compromises and adversely affects their work, their relations, and finances too. People with pre-existing psychological conditions like body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) in which a person feels that his appearance is abnormal, but in reality, there is no such defect or people with pre-existing depression and anxiety are more prone to suffer the psychological burden of hair loss than the average population. These types of people tend to spend most of their time and finances on visiting different doctors, and this eventually leads to a work imbalance. They are so preoccupied with their problem that their normal functioning is impaired. They may suffer insomnia, and few get so stressed out that they also develop suicidal ideations.
Now let’s understand how this process begins and how it eventually leads to psychosocial stress. First and foremost, I want to tell you that many research studies have shown that it is okay to lose around 50-100 strands a day. This might be a relieving statement for many of you, but if you are losing more than this then the first thing you should do is to keep calm, remember there is no such hair loss which does not have a solution. Don’t let the stress of hair loss take over your peace.
Try to introspect what might be the cause of hair loss. Either you have changed a hair care product like shampoo or conditioner, or you may have a stressful situation at home or work, or you may have a recent weight loss, or you may have undergone surgery, or you are you taking any medications?
I have listed these questions because the cause of your hair loss might be hidden in these questions. If you are not able to make out the probable cause of your hair loss, then you might think to control the hair loss by following some home remedies like onion juice application, consumption of protein-rich food, etc.
The next step is to visit a good dermatologist and let him figure out the type of hair loss so that he can treat it accordingly. You can check the google reviews to look for a good doctor so that you don’t waste your time and money running door to door to find a good dermatologist.
The next step is to reduce stress levels. This can be achieved by a few techniques like mediation and deep breathing exercises, which are proven to lower the levels of stress.whenever you are free, try to take deep breaths and relax. Meditation is a perfect way to alleviate stress.
Last but not least, remember that there is a permanent solution for hair loss i.e., hair transplant. So don’t worry, keep calm and chill.
Medically reviewed by Rishabh Verma, RP