Hair loss: why it happens, how it affects your confidence and emotional wellbeing and how to get your crowning glory back
Long or short, curly or slick, your hair is an expression of your style and personality. It’s also central to your state of mind – that’s why you say ‘bad hair day’ when you’re feeling out of sorts.
But, what happens when your crowning glory loses its splendour? Or worse, what if it starts to thin or – gulp – fall out. Most people expect men to start losing their hair at some point. And about 40% of men do so between the ages of 20 and 40. Of course, that percentage increases with a man’s age, but it’s not only men that lose their hair.
Contrary to popular opinion, hair loss is not just a guy thing. Androgenic alopecia, or patterned baldness, also affects women. But, unlike men, women tend to lose hair around the crown, instead of the hairline. However, the conditions have the same underlying cause.
When it comes to hair loss, there are five things you need to know.
1. Hair loss doesn’t discriminate
Although it’s true that men can generally start losing hair as early as their twenties, doctors believe that 50% of women will begin the experience hair loss even before age 50.
Since hair loss is progressive and hereditary (yes, some people are genetically predisposed to losing hair), it can happen at any time, man or woman, and virtually at any age. In her early forties, supermodel and TV superstar, Tyra Banks opened up to New York Times reporters about her alopecia. And Oscar-nominated How To Get Away With Murder actress Viola Davis famously started suffering from hair loss as early as age 28.
But what’s most striking for about patient, man or woman of any age, that presents with alopecia, is the way it affects them emotionally.
2. It affects your emotional well-being
Hair, like teeth, are a perceived symbol of youth and vigour. And, when your hairline starts to recede, that’s when anxiety and fear about waning youth kicks in. Am I getting older? Is it all downhill from here? Despite the fact that hair loss can strike at any age, these are the kind of questions that patients ask themselves.
The effects of dissatisfaction with appearance and low self-esteem resulting from hair loss are well documented. A 2000 Norwegian study showed that 43.4% of men see losing hair as a sign of ageing and 22.6% of balding men feel dissatisfied with their appearance as a result of hair loss.
It’s worse for women, though. A 1992 study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that women were much less capable of adapting to hair loss. The inability to style your hair can become a source of embarrassment, sapping confidence and sometimes even leading to depression.
Surely, there must be a clear underlying scientific reason for hair loss, to start building a remedy around.
3. Hair loss? You need Pelo Baum
Lamelle Research Laboratories recently launched Pelo Baum, a premium and comprehensive ultimate hair programme, clinically proven to promote longer, thicker and healthier hair. It uses patented biomimetic peptides (amino acids that function as building blocks for other cells) that may restore the roots of the hair to their former glory.
Pelo Baum doesn’t require any special potions or efforts. It’s just an update on your normal hair care regimen: the Pelo Baum Shampoo, Conditioner and Hair Revitalising Solution fits easily into your life.
Plus, Pelo Baum is available at leading pharmacies around the country. So, preventing hair loss and restoring your crowning glory is as easy as talking to your doctor or pharmacist. Or, simply order Pelo Baum directly from Lamelle online.
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