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Those of you that have seen me within the past few years may have noticed that I have been experiencing hair loss.
In a beauty-obsessed culture focused on the status quo, this can be an anxiety-inducing source of shame. I refuse to be embarrassed by or apologize for hair loss, and I believe we should all do likewise.
For such a common condition, it’s remarkable how much we stigmatize people that experience hair loss and balding. According to the Men’s Journal, more than 50 percent of men older than 50 experience male-pattern baldness; however, I feel this terminology is too narrow as it neglects to mention the large number of women that experience hair loss and balding.
While people like me are a bit younger than the ages this statistic encompasses, all of us are the intended prey of a massive industry. The hair loss industry is a multi-billion dollar empire that gladly feeds upon the insecurities our culture instills within those of us who experience balding and hair loss. While great advances in hair transplant surgeries have been made, these treatment options still cost thousands and are only an option for wealthier individuals.
While a variety of factors can contribute to hair loss and balding, genetics are the overwhelming cause of the condition. Therefore, hair loss could be placed in the same category as height, skin color, eye color and body type — things a person cannot control or change about themselves. To find a person unattractive or even repulsive for having hair loss is narrow-minded and ignorant.
I first began to notice changes in my hair during the second semester of freshman year. My previously thick and wavy hair had been an important part of my identity in high school, as I grew it long and styled it specifically to express myself. Now, I had come to feel nothing but hatred and embarrassment for the hair I was once proud of.
Because my balding started at the crown of my head, I wore hats constantly at the start of sophomore year. Whenever I would slip on a hat, it was as if I was able to escape my hair for a while. I would do my best to arrive early to classes so I could sit toward the back, alleviating my imaginary fears that the people behind me were staring at my bald spot in disgust. I tried vitamin supplements, used special hair wash gels and ate fruit obsessively in the hope that I might magically return the hand I’d been dealt.
As with most things in our world, men enjoy certain privileges when it comes to balding. While the onset of hair loss has been a largely difficult experience for me, it would be significantly more harmful if I were a woman. Even more than men, women are defined by their hair, and any sort of hair loss can be a source of extreme social anxiety.
Today, I am in a much better place regarding my hair and its relationship to my identity. My hair loss has taught me valuable lessons about humility, feeling attractive, and being honest and more comfortable with my body — all things I wouldn’t trade for any transplant or hair therapy on the market. I refuse to feel defined, limited or lesser because of my hair, and I believe we should all to do the same.
As more and more people suffer from hair loss, while do you know what caused that? And are you dreaming to regain lost hair this instant? Please keep reading.
Generally speaking, hair loss can be attributed to several factors, that is, genetic factors, hormonal changes, medical conditions or treatments. Till now, there’re approximately 40 million people who suffer from that some degree. Now let’s look closely at hair loss reasons.
Hair Loss Reasons
Firstly, let’s come to causes of male-pattern baldness. When observing the people around you, you would find that majority of men have been suffer from hair loss some degree and even going bald has been a fact of life. As estimated, nearly one-third of adult men worldwide are onto this condition. If you were one among this group, understanding the causes of men’s hair loss may help you better understand and consider what kind of treatment is the best to regain lost hair.
Statistic shows that androgenetic alopecia is the most common factor (almost 95% male hair loss) that causes men loss hair and become bald gradually. What about other types of male hair loss?
- Alopecia Areata, largely caused by autoimmune disorder. It’s kind of patchy hair loss, small circular areas in different areas of the scalp;
- Alopecia Totalls, an advanced form of alopecia areata, that is, total hair loss of scalp;
- Alopecia Universalis, hair loss of the entire body;
- Telogen Effluvium, caused by physical stress, emotional stress, thyroid abnormalities, medications and hormonal factors, which is more common with females;
- Anlagen Effluvium, generally due to internal medications, such as chemotherapy agents;
- Trichotillomania, an impulse control disorder featuring repeatedly urging to pull out scalp hair, eyelashes, etc.
We feel so sorry that there’s no cure for baldness caused by these reasons above yet discovered. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have another chance to have a full head of hair and enjoy a normal life full of pleasure.
HairBro professionals, aiming to provide higher degree of naturalness of hair replacement system, create a virtually undetectable matrix of crisscrossing, transparent fibers that are shaped to specifically fit the balding and thinning areas of your head. Meanwhile, your age and facial structure would be taken into consideration.
Different from men’s hair loss solutions, it’s a little bit picky for women to have a hair replacement system, as all women want to regain hair loss this instant and easy to maintain. And most importantly, nobody will find and know that in all situations. HairBro could help you brush your hair straight back, or into a pony tail, or create any style you want. Thus your hair replacement system won’t influence your personal life and even exercise regimens.
Hair Damage Treatment
As we all know, hair is made up primarily of proteins so that when the outer layers of the hair shaft is damaged by harsh oxidizers, the inner layers are exposed and then the hair becomes damaged step by step. Weathering, hair styling, sun, chemical products all can severely harm your hair inch by inch. Well, using vitamin C and vitamin E can restore. How about other approaches?
- DO avoid harsh chemicals while coloring, perming or relaxing hair;
- DO use an antioxidant barrier to protect against further oxidation from environmental and chemical elements;
- DO replenish moisture to hair properly;
If you have some another effective methods to maintain and restore hair replacement system, please feel free to comment below. We’re always at your service.