Hair loss is no laughing matter. It can be a harsh blow to your self-esteem, and although the experience is different from person-to-person, the impact ranges from mild annoyance to traumatic. If someone you love is suffering from hair loss, you could be a vital part of their support system! Here are some dos and don’ts when it comes to helping someone cope with this difficult situation...
What to Avoid
You may very well be upset with someone who has hair loss at some point in your life, and your instinct may be to use this against them in a moment of anger. However, using it to insult someone is definitely hitting below the belt. It also sends the message that there is something “wrong” or “embarrassing” about hair loss, which will stick with a person far into the future – well after your moment of anger.
While someone may make fun of their own hair loss, we don’t recommend emulating this self-deprecating humor! Humor is a well-known coping mechanism, and laughter is absolutely a very effective medicine. We recommend that you simply tread carefully when it comes to teasing, since it’s one thing to laugh at yourself versus having someone laugh at you.
What to Do
No doubt that you’ve heard someone with hair loss complaining about it. The best thing that you can do is to emphasize that outward appearance doesn’t define self worth, and focus on the positives. Sometimes the perfect fix to a self-esteem spiral is to hear how much you love and value them unconditionally.
That said, try not to discount or invalidate the negative emotions that your loved one is struggling with over their hair loss. They’re still going through a very real difficulty, and sometimes it can just help to hear, “Yeah, that does sick.”
Ultimately, it’s up to the individual what they want to do or not do about their hair loss. Some seek out treatment, others don’t. Whatever the decision, it’s important to be supportive – whether that means being a sounding board for ideas and options or accepting a final decision made by the hair loss sufferer. If you’re looking to help provide a more concrete solution, contact our office today and we can offer a free consultation to your loved one!