The Emotions of Hair Loss
"Hair brings one's self-image into focus;
it is vanity's proving ground. Hair is terribly
personal, a tangle of mysterious prejudices."
Since the beginning of human history,
hair has been our way of expressing
ourselves and how we want others
to see us. As Ms. Alexander said, hair
is our very personal self-image, our
public statement of our prejudices.
Women with very short hair or men
with long hair may be announcing they
are rebellious, anti-establishment types.
People with haircuts considered "normal"
in their cultures may feel comfortable by
NOT drawing attention to themselves,
thereby not risking criticism or attack.
Bushy, thick locks are said to be "a healthy
head of hair". Thinning hair may be a
sign of stress or illness. Baldness is often
equated with aging or "bad genes".
Yes, people do judge us and our hair
lengths, styles and condition as indicators
of our personality, age and health.
No wonder many of us fear losing our hair
and our self-expression, then being judged.