Society has developed stereotypes on balding and hair thinning.
“In the history of hair, baldness was either an indication of sickness, out of religiosity as a monk, or as subjugation if you’re a prisoner or slave,” according to Kurt Stenn, in his book Hair: A Human History.
One of Hollywood’s favorite comedy materials involve middle-aged men with thinning hair who are typically cast as the obnoxious basketball coach or the lame high school principal. It affects a man or woman’s self-esteem and perspectives in life.
Hair is considered a woman’s crowning glory, thus female hair thinning is a huge blow on her self-image.
Here are testimonials from younger men and women on their real thoughts about balding and hair thinning.
*Lorraine, 22 years old, customer service representative “I’m hopeful.” Photo courtesy of via Pexels “I have beta thalassaemia major, a genetic blood disease characterized by iron deficiency.
My doctor told me that my hair thinning is attributed to my health condition, but I never got used to that fact.
I’ve always wanted to have long thick hair like my friends.
I’m hopeful.” *Chynna Angelou, 25 years old, writer “It’s depressing.” Photo courtesy of Ivan Obolensky via Pexels “I initially thought that my hairloss was because of my regular trips to the salon. But when I was 19, I had a medical emergency and was diagnosed with lupus.
Hair thinning is a result of lupus, which is an incurable disease. Still, I continuously research for tips on how to make my hair thicker.” *Sonny, 36 years old, car rental owner “A bald head does not suit me…” Photo courtesy of Unsplash via Pexels “When I started noticing bald patches on my head, my wife casually advised me to shave my hair.
It sounded like it is the most obvious solution; only that a bald head does not suit me! Wearing a wig is out of the question so now I cannot leave the house without a baseball cap.
I’m open to hearing more concrete solutions.”” Gerald, 38 years old, sales executive “I never had the courage to put out my photo in a dating platform.” Photo courtesy of Unsplash via Pexels “I partly blame my single status on my workaholic lifestyle.
At 38, I’ve only been in a serious relationship once. My younger cousins introduced me to an online dating platform a couple of years ago but I never had the courage to put out my photo.