European Correspondent, Hair Loss

Hair Loss – Just a Cosmetic Problem?

Hair loss a cosmetic problem

Hair loss… You just have to learn to live with it

Unfortunately, too many men and women hear this from their GP.  There are millions of people in the world who are experiencing hair loss and it is having a tremendous psychological impact on them, but many doctors consider this a cosmetic problem and not a medical one.


Men shave themselves bald

It’s OK for men to shave their heads. We are talking about men like Yul Brynner or Bruce Willis. But women are generally not considered sexy if they are thinning, and doctors who don’t take these patients seriously only make the problem worse.


The hormones

Hair loss can have many causes such as hormone imbalance, diabetes, thyroid gland, and more. Stress can also be the cause and that can manifest itself in hair loss all over the scalp. It is estimated that more than 90% of all men experience hair loss with age. For women, that percentage is about 50%, but has been increasing rapidly in recent years. Why? The pill? We don’t know yet.


Research in women

Researchers followed women with genetic (hereditary) hair loss for 24 months to see how they fared mentally. They found that if the hair loss had been left untreated during those 24 months, they all suffered from long-term psychological problems.

Subsequently, the subjects underwent a 6-month treatment including laser therapy, nutritional supplements and Minoxidil.

All the participants who had severe to moderate hair loss experienced psychological improvements at the end of the 6-month period. This was reflected in better self-confidence, less depression and fewer anxiety attacks. Social interaction also improved.


Rather wrinkles and weight gain rather than hair loss

45% of a group of 2,000 women from another study said they preferred wrinkles and weight gain to hair loss. Many women believe that their hair loss is caused by an indefinable health problem. This then becomes a vicious cycle with increasing stress which in turn can cause hair loss (Dr. Kinksly of the World Trichology Society).


Hans J. Diks, European editor International Hair Authority, Independent expert on hair problems.

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