HOW TO KEEP YOUR CONFIDENCE WHEN LOSING YOUR HAIR
AS MANY AS 66 PERCENT OF MEN DEVELOP SOME HAIR LOSS BY THE AGE OF 35 AND 85 PERCENT OF MEN AGED 50 OR OLDER HAVE SOME DEGREE OF HAIR LOSS. AGE IS ONE OF THE PRIMARY RISK FACTORS FOR HAIR LOSS WHICH IS WHAT MAKES IT SO UPSETTING WHEN IT HAPPENS TO YOUNG MEN.
Losing your hair at any age is difficult, but when it happens in your 20s or 30s it can be downright distressing. In the end, however, you have a choice in how you respond. Keep reading to learn how to keep your confidence when losing your hair.
Though you may not be able to choose how much hair you lose or how quickly it happens, you can choose how you let it affect you. One option is to become upset, depressed, or even angry. You could let the emotional weight of your hair loss seep into your work, your relationships, and even your daily life.
IT IS ALL ABOUT ACCEPTANCE
Your second option is to accept it. You don’t have to like the fact that you are losing your hair, but you should acknowledge that it is happening. The sooner you come to terms with your hair loss, the sooner you can start taking steps to resolve it.
If you choose the second option, there are some simple things you can do to reduce the psychological impact of hair loss and to restore and maintain your confidence. Here are some ideas:
Put things in perspective
Put things in perspective. You’ve undoubtedly heard the saying that "you are your own worst critic" and it’s definitely true – you are harder on yourself than anyone else is. This also means that you probably view your hair loss more critically than others do. For you, it’s an unwanted change but, for others, it’s just part of your appearance – another thing that makes “you” you.
Be practical about it
Be practical about it. While it may be unpleasant, hair loss is not dangerous – it doesn’t pose a threat to your life. There are innumerable other diseases you could have that might impact your life and your livelihood more than your hair loss. Learning to live with your hair loss is a psychological challenge but it is only as difficult as you make it.
Find your style
Find a style that suits you. When your hair loss becomes noticeable, you may want to change up your hairstyle to work with rather than against your hair loss. For overall hair loss, shorter hairstyles tend to be more effective in disguising thinning hair than longer styles. If your hairline is receding, try growing out the hair at the front of your head and comb it backward. If you’re developing a bald spot on one side of your head, try parting your hair to that side. If all else fails, you can always shave it all off .
ONE OPTION IS TO BECOME UPSET, DEPRESSED, OR EVEN ANGRY. YOU COULD LET THE EMOTIONAL WEIGHT OF YOUR HAIR LOSS SEEP INTO YOUR WORK, YOUR RELATIONSHIPS, AND EVEN YOUR DAILY LIFE.
Go to your doctor
Talk about it
Try talk therapy. If you’re still having trouble coping with your hair loss, there is no shame in seeking help! Rather than feeling weak or silly for going to a therapist for your hair loss, think of it as a step toward better mental health in general. No matter what causes them, issues with anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem can impact your mental health and talk therapy is widely recognized as one of the most effective forms of treatment for mental health issues.