Celebrity hair stylist James Brown, in rather harsh irony, noticed his hair beginning to thin when he was in his early 20s. He wore a trademark hat to cover up his baldness and felt too distressed to show his receding hair in public. It took him 20 years to summon the confidence to seek treatment and talk openly about his problem.
James is only one of the millions of people affected by hair loss worldwide. Two-thirds of men eventually experience hair loss related to male pattern baldness. In the UK, that means 7.4 million men lose their hair at any one time. That may also mean that the same number of people are at risk of experiencing mental and emotional upset.
A 2005 study revealed that hair loss can trigger a devastating psychological breakdown, such as feelings of ugliness and worse — body dysmorphic disorder.
People deal with baldness differently, but for James and many others, the experience can be genuinely troubling.
Hair Loss and Impaired Quality of Life
Several London hair transplant clinics offer recognised treatments, such as FEU transplant, that can mitigate the consequences of hair loss. James took advantage of this treatment, but what could have happened to him if he had not had the courage to seek help?
The ‘enormous emotional burden’ of becoming bald may sometimes lead to low self-esteem, mental disorders and can compromise one’s quality of life. Some may feel an actual sense of loss and lose their way in life. In 2006, MP Mark Oaten identified hair loss as the trigger for his ‘mid-life crisis’ and the crippling anxiety in his personal and professional life.
‘Hair loss ruins people’s lives,’ shared Audrey Patterson of the Guild of Hairdressers. ‘They cannot imagine anyone thinking anything about them except that they have a bald head.’
While many wear baldness like a badge of honour, others struggle to prevent it from taking control of their lives.
Changing Attitudes Toward Transplant
Owing to successful hair transplants on celebrities such as Louis Walsh, James Nesbitt and Wayne Rooney, transplant procedures have steadily gained more public acceptance. Meanwhile, research continues to change attitudes that see hair loss purely as a cosmetic problem.
Those who share their emotional pain about hair loss help people to realise that treatments are more than mere vanity measures. Hair loss can have a far-reaching impact on one’s well-being, and it is time for those suffering from hair loss to consider treatment and take steps toward a better life.