Whether you’re a man or a woman, discovering those first signs of hair loss is likely to be something of a shock.
Emotions typically run the gauntlet of everything from anger to worry to a crushing feeling of “why me?” A phase that almost everyone will go through is: “Will I be less attractive to the opposite sex?”
It would be glib to state that losing your hair has absolutely no effect on how people perceive you, but it isn’t necessarily as bad as most people fear. Also, it's always good to remember that people aren't all attracted to the same particular looks or physical attributes and the old adage, that there is 'someone for everyone' still rings true.
Some people are able to turn their hair loss to their advantage: actors Jason Statham and Vin Diesel would arguably be less well-suited to hard-man roles or be quite the heart-throbs they are considered to be with a bountiful head of hair.
Similarly, America's national football team seems to make a habit of only employing bald goalkeepers - newbie Cody Cropper has been keen to play up his receding hairline when asked about his credentials for the position.
Often it is confidence and a sense of being at ease with themselves that makes a person attractive to others, and of the men and women who visit Belgravia many frequently tell us that they want to regrow their hair as hair loss is having a negative effect on their self-esteem.
What is important to remember is that the first signs of hair loss do not normally signal the start of irreversible total baldness. If you want to, there are often options available to you help you nip any shedding in the bud and promote new regrowth, or - in cases of permanent hair loss - concealing techniques and systems.
Thanks to significant developments over the past few decades in the products that are available, a great many people with conditions ranging from the genetic Male Pattern Baldness to the autoimmue Alopecia Areata are frequently able to enjoy significant regrowth.
Belgravia client Ms C, who was treated for Traction Alopecia and hair breakage, noted in her Success Story how getting her hair back was "great for my self-esteem and great to see the growth", whilst Male Pattern Hair Loss treatment client, Steve said "I’ve had substantial re-growth which has regained my confidence as well as my hair!"
Coming to terms with hair loss and even embracing it isn’t always as hard as you might think. There are thousands of balding men and women with either thinning hair or total baldness from conditions such as Alopecia Universalis who are brimming over with confidence.
Once people realise that they are so much more than their hair, they are often able to move on, fully coming to terms with the idea that they are entering a new chapter in their life and making a decision about how to approach it. This is a very personal dilemma and one that people should take to make themselves happy - not because they think it will make them more attractive or desirable.
For those who decide that balding is not for them, a quick visit to a hair loss specialist nurse or even just completing an online consultation is a great first step. They will provide you with a diagnosis of your condition. level and pattern of shedding then talk you through the options available to you, answering any questions you may have in order to make an informed decision.
We often hear how even just making that initial move can bring a huge wave of relief at the fact you are being proactive and finding there is professional help available, both in terms of friendly, knowledgable support and through clinically-proven treatments.
The idea that hair loss equates to a loss of attractiveness can, however, linger as was highlighted in a searingly honest reader’s letter at the website goodmenproject.com last month. “My wife just told me that her hair was thinning and that she may start losing it,” begins the correspondent. “What happens if I find her unattractive?” Replying, “Intimacy Expert” Allana Pratt says this was a golden chance for the husband to look for deeper reasons why he is attracted to his wife, adding that, if treated right, the situation could actually strengthen their relationship.
The Belgravia Centre is a world-renowned group of a hair loss clinic in Central London, UK. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation from anywhere in the world for home-use treatment.
View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world's largest gallery of hair growth photos and demonstrates the level of success that so many of Belgravia's patients achieve.