Chances are, when you first realised you were losing your hair you were absolutely mortified. It might have even crossed your mind that it was all a big mistake: “This can’t be happening to me/I’m too young/my mother’s father isn’t bald!” When your appearance changes drastically, there can be a profound psychological impact. You might begin questioning yourself and ask friends or family: “Do I look like I’m thinning/receding/going bald?” Being concerned about hair loss does not mean you are weak or vain. It’s actually a fairly typical reaction.
Though you might not hear about it, a lot of men often worry about losing their hair. The reality is that male hair loss is a silent epidemic of tremendous proportions. Society thinks that guys shouldn’t care about losing their hair: “It’s just hair/deal with it/it’s a fact of life!” Men are hesitant to discuss their concerns with anybody which is why most hair loss sufferers remain silent as they go through the trying experiences that balding incurs.
Most people fail to recognise the challenges that hair loss sufferers face. Friends and family might not be too perturbed that their mate/son/father/husband is starting to thin out on top, because to them you’ll always be the same. It’s easy for those who don’t have to endure it but for the balding individual, it may feel as though their appearance is eroding before their very eyes and they can’t do a thing to stop it.
For a man dealing with hair loss, life can be more challenging. Society seems to think that men should not be concerned about appearance, but on the flip-side, society is quick to judge people based on appearances. So hair is more than just an aesthetic accessory. It’s a part of our identity and losing it is like watching a piece of who you are melt away. Some feel pressured by society to take it with a grain of salt, others feel embarrassed to talk about it, but some decide to take control and do something about it.
Hair loss is a reality that 80% of men will at some stage face, but the first thing to do is not panic. Very rarely does one go bald overnight so when you first start to notice a difference in your hairline, or the density of your hair, or a bald spot forming at the back, start researching. Find out about male pattern baldness and find a reputable hair loss specialist who can give you the information, advice, support and treatment you need. There are actually several effective hair loss treatments and your hair loss specialist can talk to you about them, tell you how you can get the best results from them and answer any additional questions you may have.
There are some hair centres that take advantage of the vulnerability of men and women in these circumstances, but by doing your own research you should have an easier time discerning who is there to help and who is there to take advantage of you.
You’ll also come across great support groups if you just scan the net. There are bustling online communities of hair loss sufferers who provide each other with information, support and help with acceptance in dealing with the dilemma.
If you require more information, don’t hesitate to contact the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666 or send an email. If you can’t make it into the centre, the UK’s leaders in hair loss prevention also provide an online diagnostic form which provides a means to access expert advice and treatment from anywhere in the world.