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How does Hair loss Affect Women Emotionally and Psychologically?

Combing and hair loss

We live in a society where looking good is an essential part of our daily basis. We often find ourselves reading articles on how we can improve our general appearance. So we try new products, lotions, makeup, even homemade items that promise overnight miracles.

One aspect that we often underestimate is hair. Seriously, a bad hair day can alter our total look and mood for the rest of the day. That's why when we start to find loose strands of hair in our clothes or pillow, we begin to panic.

For women, this is an issue that can seriously harm their self-esteem and emotional well-being. Let's put it this way: if you're walking down the street and see a bald man you might not give him a second glance. But if it were a bald woman, would it be the same? Probably not.

Our society is just not used to seeing ladies without luscious locks, and for a good reason. For years we were led to believe that hair loss was something the affected men primarily. When in reality, and according to the American Academy of Dermatology, 40% of women have visible hair loss by the time they turn 40.

Usually we don’t notice when women suffer from hair loss because they resort to effective solutions such as hair systems, hair extensions or other cosmetic devices.


How to know if I suffer from hair loss?

Woman hair loss

You should know that losing some amount of hair is normal. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, ost people lose anywhere between 50 to 100 strands of hair each day.  

Hair loss tends to be gradual, but when it’s so severe that you start seeing patchy bald spots or you notice that your hair isn't growing back, something is not right.

There are visual cues that women can look for, for example, thinning on the top third to one half of the scalp or seeing more of your scalp when your hair is up in a ponytail.

You should also stay alert to a handful of hair falling out when combing or styling. As we mention before, some hair falling out during these activities is normal, but seeing a sudden change in the quantity is a significant clue for hair loss issues.


How can this affect me?

Most people might think that losing your hair is not a big deal and that you should just “learn to live with it.” But what most don't realize is that this is a problem that can alter how you feel about yourself. Psychological damage caused by hair loss and feeling unattractive can be just as nerve-wracking as any disease.

It goes without saying, but someone's self-esteem, body image, and self-confidence can affect their daily basis and the overall quality of their life.

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It is known that some of the psychosocial complications include depression, low self-esteem, altered self-image, and less frequent and enjoyable social engagements.

Experts agree that woman are more prominent to suffer emotionally and psychologically as a result of hair loss. This affection can be so emotionally devastating that it can cause retraction from social gatherings, diminishing working performance or affecting their healthy living by avoiding exercise, overeating or not seeking help.


Why is it more devastating for women?

So why is it harder for women? It can be because society often places harsh and unreachable beauty standards on women. For the majority of women, their hair is a symbol of beauty, something to be proud of.

And with good reason, we learn to associate specific characteristics - like shiny hair or a lot of hair volume - with femininity and attractiveness. Making those traits more desirable for women.

It's also devastating to lose something that you previously had, it can poke a hole in your self-esteem, especially if it happens at a young age. Suddenly you're being affected by issues that you shouldn't have been worrying about for, at least, another couple of years.

On the other hand, older women perceive losing hair as a sign of aging, so they have to deal with the typical emotions of aging on top dealing with hair loss.

What can I do?

While men facing this problem may just opt to shave their head completely. Woman don't have  that alternative.

Many women around the world are confronting  this issue and redefining what it means to be and feel beautiful. Celebrities like Tyra Banks, Viola Davis, and Rosie O'Donnell have been vocal about their experience with hair loss and how they found great alternatives like using hair systems.


So, if you're looking for ways to deal with this matter we offer you some tips:

-Seek professional help: hair loss can be caused by different reasons, if you are starting to notice some symptoms, don't be afraid to call your doctor. Identifying what is causing it is one of the first steps to knowing how to stop it.

-Don´t hide away: losing hair should not be an excuse to hide from society. You deserve to live your life to the fullest.

- Consider using hair systems: while we will always encourage you to love yourself as you are, it is also vital for you to be comfortable in your body. Hair systems allow you to feel in control again and take back that confidence that you may have lost.

Advent Hair offers hair systems custom designed and pre-made bases. In our site, you can find a grand variety of options for every one of your needs.

Want to know the best part? You can place your order from your home!

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