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  • How to Overcome the Emotional Pain of Hair Loss

    Hair loss is a common problem, impacting an estimated 80 million people, including 30 million women. Even children can face hair loss, and the condition actually makes up 3 percent of all pediatric office visits in the United States, according to the American Hair Loss Association.

    But the fact that it’s common does not make it any easier to handle. A change in your hair often alters your entire appearance, and in a society that values full heads of hair, this can be disarming, to say the least.

    Take one study from 1971 in which people described three pictures, all of the same man but altered to show varying degrees of hair loss. According to the Hair Loss Learning Center, the picture of the man balding was described as “weak, dull and inactive.” When his head was bald, he was described as “unkind, bad and ugly.” Then, when he had a full head of hair, he was called “handsome, virile, strong and active.”

    Granted, this study took place over three decades ago, and perhaps society’s views have changed. But what likely has not changed is the emotional impact losing hair can have on a person.

    “Losing your hair -- or facing any unwanted change in your body -- can cause you to identify more with the body and therefore suffer more,” says Hale Dwoskin, CEO and director of training of Sedona Training Associates.

    Losing hair can be such a big blow to self-esteem that The Washington Post reported that Americans with hair loss spend more than $3.5 billion a year in treatments. This is despite the fact that, according to the American Hair Loss Association, 99 percent of advertised hair loss treatments do not work.

    What Causes Hair Loss, and What Impact Does it Have on Your Psyche?

    It’s perfectly normal to lose between 50 and 100 hairs a day, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), and you’ll never know the difference, considering you have about 100,000 hairs on your head. Hair loss in excess of this, which causes thinning or baldness, can occur for a number of reasons including:
    • Heredity
    • Improper chemical treatments (color, bleaching, straightening, permanent waves, etc.)
    • Stress or illness (which may cause temporary hair loss)
    • Scalp ringworm
    • Hair pulling (especially common in children)
    • Alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease
    • Nutritional deficiencies
    • Hormonal changes
    • Certain medications, such as those used to treat gout, arthritis, depression, heart problems and high blood pressure, along with birth control pills
    • Medial treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy

    The emotional impact of losing hair, whether it results in complete baldness, bald patches or thinning, can be severe.

    “Hair loss is an extremely emotionally distressing disease,” says the American Hair Loss Association.

    Loss of self-esteem, a fear that you’re no longer attractive, feeling like you’re getting older, loss of self-worth and feeling like you’re losing your vigor are all common.

    Meanwhile, the Hair Loss Learning Center reports that a study in the British Journal of Psychology found that balding men have lower levels of self-esteem than their peers, and are less sociable, less likely to succeed in life and more likely to suffer from depression.

    And although both men and women suffer emotionally from hair loss, studies show that women tend to face the most severe emotional trauma.

    How to Feel Great About Yourself, Even if You're Losing Your Hair

    There are various treatment options that may be able to restore your hair growth, but only one that can help you to restore your sense of self-worth, regardless of what's going on with your physical body: The Sedona Method.

    The Method works by teaching you how to let go of your apprehension, your fears and your anxieties … but also by helping you realize that you are much more than your body.

    “The first thing to remember is that you are not your body,” Dwoskin says. “The body may be losing its hair, however you are not. What you are is that which is aware yet unaffected by whatever happens to the body.”

    It's a simple premise, yes, and that's the whole point. Because once you understand it, you can use The Sedona Method to release any feeling, at any time. So if you're feeling insecure about your looks or worrying how others will perceive you, you can use The Method to let those feelings go.

    This means that you are FREE: free to be happy, free to enjoy life, and free to live out your dreams. And you’ll feel this way even if your head happens to be bald.

    'Even if you are not sure about not being the body you can simply release whatever feelings are being stirred up by your loss of hair, or any unwanted change in the body,' Dwoskin says. 'The more you release your feelings and the desire to fix or change the body, the more you can accept it as it is -- and the less whatever it goes through will affect how you feel about yourself. If your self-esteem is tied up with how you look then releasing is all you need to do to help rebuild your confidence.'

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    For those of us who suffer hair loss, it can be a humiliating and frustrating in our lives. Some hair loss may be an expected component of aging, but it doesn’t make it any less difficult to face. And when hair loss happens at a younger age, it can be devastating.

    Making certain lifestyle changes can improve the overall health of your body thus resulting in improved system function. Start by eliminating those foods that are high in saturated fats, sugar, and salt. The more you can focus on natural foods the more you can improve your health. Stick to whole, fresh foods such as vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.

    A component of this lifestyle change that will affect your hair loss cure is the adoption of consistent physical exercise. Getting your body moving – even if it’s for a short period of time – will drastically impact your health.

    If you’re looking for a hair loss cure, start with the general health of your body. Restore balance and you may find that hair loss – along with a number of other conditions – is no longer a problem.

    For more information on hair loss remedies, please do visit our site or write to us.