Bogged down with being bald?

Going bald, to a lot of people, can be one of the worst things to happen to anyone’s ego. For some, it’s an inevitable reality that someday those luscious locks will thin and people will stare at their own reflection in the glare.

So what do we do? How does anyone deal with losing the companionship of their hair?

First things first, preventative measures. There are plenty of things for anyone who thinks they might lose their hair in the future, can do to curb the onset.

A healthier lifestyle is seen by experts as a major way of reducing hair loss. Reducing alcohol consumption while increasing the amount of water drank and physical exercise is a way of de-stressing and balancing hormonal levels within the body. It’s well established in the medical community that stress is a major cause of hair loss.

Learn what is good for hair. Avoid brushing wet hair and allowing hair to air dry instead of towel drying it can also be beneficial as it doesn’t pull loose hair from the head before they naturally fall out.  

Sometimes it’s just too late to prevent hair loss to the point where it’s just better to shave off all the remaining straggly wisps of hair. Bite the bullet, being fully bald looks better than trying to desperately hold on to the last few strands.

Research by the Social Psychological and Personal Science Journal shows that bald men are perceived by others as more dominant, more confident, more masculine, roughly an inch taller and stronger.

For some, their hair is their identity and hair loss can be the end of the world but do not fear, there are options for those that are not ready to give up their glorious mane.

Wigs and toupees have come a long way from what they used to be. Forget about that memory of an old man with what resembles a hairy dead rat plonked on top of his head, the material and technology has moved forward in leaps and bounds.

Getting a wig or toupee is one of the more affordable options and it’s a lot more difficult to notice if someone is wearing one nowadays. They can also be custom made to fit the head and hair type of the wearer now so they blend in perfectly and won’t fly off in strong wind.

If money is no object, the other option is a hair transplant, a medical procedure whereby they take strong hair follicles from other parts of the body and transplant them onto the bald areas.

Transplant is the most effective and long term solution to hair loss and is generally given to older patients as a pattern of balding needs to be established but it also comes at a price. Consultations cost €100 and the actual transplant procedure starts at €7000 but can be more expensive depending on the extent of the baldness.

Mikey Walsh 

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