Breaking the Silence on Womens Hair Loss
In America, womens hair loss generates over $3 billion dollars a year. The hair loss industry revenue mostly comes from hair restoration procedures and hair loss products. These remedies may or may not turn out to be successful.
We live in a society that views hair as a sign of youth and desirability. Therefore, men and women who are losing their hair will do almost anything to preserve the strands on their heads and reverse hair loss.
Although hair loss affects both men and women it generally has a greater impact on women emotionally. For some reason, men can shave their heads bald without anyone batting an eye and still be viewed as irresistible and sexy. If a woman is bald, however, she’s no longer sexy and becomes less desirable. The psychological toll this has on a woman is devastating.
Hair Loss and Self-Esteem
When a woman loses her hair, she may feel afraid, helpless, ashamed and angry. Her hair is her crown and glory, a covering directly connected to her image and self-esteem.
Most who suffer with womens hair loss don’t know why they’re losing their hair, but out of desperation they rush out to the nearest beauty supply and/or online platform to purchase products that promise to regrow their hair.
Once they begin using the products, they’re eage to see results. When the results never appear, they’ll purchase product after produc–chasing results that never come. Typically, the next step is seeking professional help from their physician.
Chasing a Symptom
Unfortunately, the medical industry doesn’t see hair loss as life threatening and they don’t want to exhaust resources on a “wild goose” chase to find out what’s causing the hair loss. They might even dismiss claims of hair thinning/loss or prescribe medicine and say, “come back in 3 months if this doesn’t work.” (That’s chasing a symptom.) The majority of hair loss sufferers give up hope due to lack of support before they ever uncover the root of the problem.
Hair loss is a “symptom”. It’s your body’s way of communicating that there is an imbalance happening within. Hair is a barometer of health; if you’re not losing hair due to an external issue (improper hair care practices, over-processing) there may be an underlying medical illness, nutritional deficiency or some other imbalance going on. The truth is, until the root cause is addressed, the hair loss will persist.
Many women suffer in silence out of embarrassment and fear of being judged. Meanwhile, their needs aren’t being met and their hair loss is getting worse.
How do we break the silence on hair loss?
It’s time to acknowledge hair loss as a “symptom” to something much greater happening within the body. Stop putting a band-aid on the problem and address the root cause.
The reason why women are failing to get favorable results is because they aren’t identifying the root cause before seeking treatment. There are several hair loss products on the market claiming to stop hair loss, but they don’t state which type of hair loss it treats. There are 7 major reasons why hair loss occurs. Each type of hair loss must be treated differently to be effective. Hair loss is not one-size fits all.
Original article written by Ky Smith, Trichologist appeared in Genesis Magazine Volume 2, Spring 2017.