Regardless of gender, if hair loss is an issue, you will remember the day you noticed the first signs of thinning hair. A distinguishing facial feature becomes visible, normally hidden by your hairline, more hair in the sink or on the pillow or when brushing your hair. Why are we so bothered about hair loss?
The effects of hair loss in today’s society
Although hair loss affects the majority of men and more increasingly now in women it is seen by many who suffer as a flaw to be cured. Socially it is considered to be an unwelcome sign of ageing and points towards poor health and wellbeing. If hair loss bothers you it does not have to be accepted as there are medically proven options available.
Generally, we all try to look our best, feel good about ourselves and like to convey a youthful appearance to others. Life today has its own demands and more and more people look to cosmetic surgery for answers to the aging process.
Hair loss can have deep psychological effects for both men and woman, consciously or subconsciously this can affect confidence, the ability to interact with others easily, and can lead to low self-esteem. The constant reminder of age as you look in the mirror is not helped by the competitive and ever so more image conscious world we live in, the outside influences surrounding go a long way in telling us how we should look and be.
In the scheme of life a good head of hair may to some seem a relatively unimportant aspect, but surveys have shown that people with a good head of hair are more likely to find employment when compared with their equally qualified, balding counterparts, totally irrational and unfair but still a reality of the world we live in today. In research behavioural studies scientists have indicated that having a good head of hair is linked to self-expression and in society plays a part in how we conduct and express ourselves. It is commonly heralded that hair is synonymous with riches, beauty, youthfulness and vitality as well as strength.
Appreciative as to why we feel the way we do can aid us in our life, personal and business; and this can bring an understanding to social influences that we are surrounded by every day of our lives. We are bombarded with images of perceived perfection and ideals of success, we are perpetually fed how we should look and be considered to be a successful fit to a mould.
Are The Opposite Sex Really That Superficial?
The science of Evolutionary Psychology explains well and can help us understand our behaviour and lust for a good head of hair. The approach of explaining human behaviour based on the combination of evolutionary biology, anthropology, intellectual science, and the neurosciences.
From these reconstructed problem-solving adaptations, it is possible to establish the common roots of our behaviour, and how those roots are manifested today in the many cultures around the world. The key is to understand human behaviour that is universally aimed at the passing of one’s genes into the next generation, much like the hair loss gene, but one difference is there is a possibility to make a constructive decision how we deal with this aspect.
Same follows as to why it is perceived a woman prefers a man with a head of hair, the stereotype of preconditioned beliefs we have adopted from our forbearers. The hunter-gatherer syndrome, the woman attracted to a man that looks healthy and strong to protect and provide for her. It is obviously natural for a woman to look for a partner who appears strong and healthy, someone who will be around a long time and pass on good genes to their kin. The woman is not focussed on a man with hair as such, not literally on such a superficial level but subconsciously the feelings are there. Be it poor hair, skin, nails, weight, these can show an inflated sign of our age and wellbeing and although hair loss is not actually related to age or health in cases of MPB it can be seen as part of the aging process and in turn long-term health.
Finding The Remedy To Hair Loss
If hair loss still has a large social stigma attached to it, why ironically, so has dealing with hair loss got a similar stigma of shame attached to it. Purchasing hair loss medications can be as embarrassing for a man as buying a pack of condoms in the chemist, admitting to having surgical hair restoration is very rarely spoken about whereas other forms of cosmetic surgery are becoming more socially acceptable, but hair restoration is still considered taboo by many.
So, if hair loss is seen as a flaw by society why are we not open to hair restoration? Possibly because of the social stigma and how we think others will react to us, maybe that we are seen as superficial, ironical as the initial feeling and of society are superficial. Another reason can be the fear that the restoration procedure doesn’t work out and by telling people it could lead to ridicule later if it failed.
Many of these issues we often do not consciously recognise unless we become self-aware and knowingly dissect and examine them. It can sometimes be hard to understand why the perception others have of us often changes when hair loss enters into the picture. Think about it hair as such is immaterial. Simply dried strands of elements with no real correlation between health and success, but our Evolutionary Psychology has developed over time making it a necessity to have for most men and women.
Having the ability to restore something genetics has deprived us of can restore our own feel-good factor with ourselves; a more youthful appearance gives back the self- confidence and self-esteem, which can then reach out into all aspects of our lives, business and personal.
Advances in hair loss prevention and transplantation surgery, such as FUT – Follicular Unit Transplant and FUE- Follicular Unit Extraction, have developed with medical improvements, knowledge and skills to improve the results available for the right candidates, after a comprehensive consultation assessment process. Developments in medical research and surgical techniques have given the patient restored faith in the field of hair restoration. Patient results show that improving Hair Transplant techniques in the field of hair restoration can give a viable option to those looking for a permanent solution to areas of hair loss.