The Link Between Hair and Confidence

What is confidence?

Even more specifically in this case, Self-confidence when it comes to physical appearance.

Physical Self-confidence can be defined as the ability to look in the mirror and feel a positive vibe and a sense of pride in one’s appearance. But who sets the standards for what are the criteria of being “good looking”? Society and trends do.

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Centuries ago, women with a fuller body were considered more attractive than the Slimmer ones. Very much so, hair plays a similar role.

Back in the 1920s, it would be unusual for a man to not wear a hat. This was the trend and fashion. In today’s world with a dominance of social media, celebrities being exposed by the internet on a daily basis, those trends have shifted. Now, men who are bald or balding are not considered as good looking or attractive, as the men with a head full of hair with a few exceptions of course. Our nature as a species, makes us thrive to look good for others and eventually through positive feedback on our appearance and interactions, one learns to love his own self-image.

When we look at the average woman’s daily grooming routine or her wardrobe, it is very easy to understand that physical appearance is extremely important for the gender. From nails to hair, perfumes, dresses, jewellery and so on.

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Men, on the other hand, have a very limited set of things to look after in contrast to their female counterparts. A decent sense of style, proper hygiene, perhaps some form of physical exercise for muscular enhancement, and of course, hair. With hair, men can express their identity through trendy hairstyles that suit their personalities. Deprive them of hair, and a major loss of control over their appearance is the result, swiftly followed by a loss of self-confidence.

So, why do men suffering from hair loss experience a loss of self-confidence? (To various degrees) It is primarily due to the loss of control and choice over their appearance but also, jealousy, the normal human emotion. Take 2 men of the same age group, one bald, one with a head full of hair, it isn’t hard to understand why the bald man would feel sad and jealous when looking at the other person sporting a trendy hairstyle. Not only is the person with a head full of hair able to express his identity through his hair, but he also looks significantly younger.

Men today are not the only ones suffering from hair loss or thinning in general, the number of women experiencing hair loss or thinning has increased dramatically in the last 30 years and for these women, the loss of confidence is equally significant or even worse than men, as they cannot even gracefully go bald or work on their physique to compensate for the lack of hair, like many A-list Hollywood actors have done. The likes of Jason Statham, Bruce Willis, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson comes to mind.

When it comes to attracting and interacting with the opposite sex, today’s world is, unfortunately, far less forgiving in terms of one being judged solely by their appearance, as opposed to in the past. This can be explained by the rise of the internet era. Today it’s extremely easy to have access to someone else’s pictures through social media and, as a result, this creates an immediate first impression based exclusively on physical appearance. Worse yet, in the western world, there has been a very steady rise in online dating as people have less and less time to socialize or try to go out to meet new people. Apps such as Tinder create an illusion and expectation solely based on looks where men with a capillary deficit are at a significant disadvantage unless they have compensated with a muscular body or have a head shape naturally suited to not having a mane.

The brutal reality of today is that society is progressively becoming shallower and judging when it comes to looks, and hair places a key role for men in this case. There has also been a marked rise in the “metrosexual” man in the biggest developed cities of the world. A metrosexual is a heterosexual male individual whose grooming regiment can match or even exceed a woman’s. Facial creams, mani-pedis, skin exfoliation and many other grooming rituals that used to be considered laughable if done by a man is becoming more and more socially acceptable. As such, men are becoming even more self-conscious about their looks than ever before.

Based on all this information, it makes perfect sense why there is such a strong link between hair and confidence for men with a few exceptions to the rule of course. Regardless, it is a very important component of your average man’s self confidence levels.

Does A Buzz Cut Impact The Normal Hair Growth Cycle

Can particular types of hair cuts affect the normal hair growth cycle?

At Advanced Hair Studio UAE, we receive a lot of queries regarding hairstyles and whether it impacts on the normal hair growth cycle. Recently a reader wanted to know whether his preference for buzz cuts could adversely affect hair regrowth down the line, so we decided to share our insights on the matter.

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We are very happy to report that buzz cuts do not cause hair loss or hair thinning. The only relationship between buzz cuts and hair loss that we could find is that gentlemen who suffer from male pattern baldness often prefer to shave their heads rather than opting for less slightly solutions like a comb-over hairstyle. Happily, there is no causal relationship between the two beyond the notion of personal preference.

In fact, you are more favorite impede hair regrowth or contribute to hair loss by wearing your favourite cap day in and day out. We recently published an article that discussed the notion of continual hat wearing and how it impacts on hair loss, which you can read here. The gist of it is that blood flow restriction and exposure to excess sebum and sweat could negatively impact on the health of your scalp and therefore deter natural hair regeneration.

What is the normal hair growth cycle?

While we are on the topic, here is a quite explanation of the four stages of the normal hair growth cycle:

1. Anagen (the growing phase): The anagen or growing phase will normally last between two to seven years and determines the length of an individual’s hair.
2. Catagen (the regression phase): The catagen or regression phase will normally last approximately ten days. During this phase the hair follicle shrinks and detaches from the dermal papilla.
3. Exogen (the shedding phase): The exogen or shedding phase refers to the period between the natural death of a resting hair and when it detaches from the follicle. During this phase the hair naturally loosens and falls.
4. Telogen (the resting phase): The telogen or resting phase lasts approximately three months and around 20% of your hair is in this stage at any given time.

It is important to note that our follicles are in a constant state of flux, which means that not all of your hair will be in the same growth phase at once. While some are growing or regressing, others are shedding or resting. There is not a lot you can do to prolong the growth stage or shorten the shedding phase, except adhering to a healthy lifestyle that will promote your body’s ability to grow strong and healthy hair. Look out for our article on daily lifestyle habits that keep your hair healthy for helpful advice on giving your body a helping hand.

Hair styles that do impact the normal hair growth cycle

While a buzz cut might not impact on the normal hair growth cycle, there are hairstyles that contribute to something called traction alopecia. In short – certain hairstyles pull on the roots of the hair, slowly killing it over time. These hairstyles include tight buns, cornrows, dreadlocks, weaves, hair extensions and chemically relaxed styles. Buzz cuts do not contribute to traction alopecia.

So what can you do when you notice hair loss?

At Advanced Hair Studio UAE, we offer a range of hair loss solutions, including the extremely effective Strand-by-Strand Blitz® treatment. This breakthrough procedure is the result of 45 years of research at the hands of the world’s foremost plastic surgeons, tricologists, stylists, and hair loss experts and features a singular combination of clinical and cosmetic elements to restore your crowning glory to its previous lush state.

Two major research and development departments and three state-of-the-art labs in Australia, UK, and America, work continuously to upgrade our technology and product range. The benefits of Strand-by-Strand Blitz® includes not only improved hair texture and density, but also gives a much wider array of styling options that allows you to select a style that suits your lifestyle and unique requirements.

Keep in touch & stay informed

Do you feel that there is something we neglected to include in this article about the impact of a buzz cut on the normal hair growth cycle? Please let us know by leaving a comment in the comment section. We value your input and would love to improve this article for further readers.

Would you like to learn more about hair regrowth, solutions and hair fall treatments? Keep an eye on the Advanced Hair Studio UAE blog to stay abreast of the latest developments in the hair restoration field. We have a team of experts standing by to keep you in the know.

Telogen Effluvium – a common form of hair loss

Hair on a person’s scalp always undergoes three phases: 1. Anagen phase 2. Catagen phase 3. Telogen phase Anagen is termed as the growing phase for hair. At any given time, at least 85% of a person’s hairs are actively growing. Usually a hair is in anagen phase for about 4 years. Then catagen phase cause the end of the anagen phase and marks the beginning of the telogen phase. So catagen phase is the transition period. The hair in telogen phase are resting and eventually in 3-4 months fall out allowing new hair to grow. So, an average person loses about 100 hair a day. Telogen effluvium is triggered by:

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  • Weight loss
  • Surgery
  • Change in diet
  • Hormonal changes
  • Iron deficiency
  • Hypothyroidism or Hyperthyroidism
  • Fever or infection
  • Physical or mental trauma

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Telogen Effluvium is a common form of hair loss in men as well as women. When a person experiences shock or has a mental trauma, more hair (about 35%) stop growing and go into the resting phase. This results in the gradual thinning of the hair. So, if a person is experiencing Telogen Effluvium then the person will lose about 350 hair per day instead of 100. Because the hair takes 3-4 months to shed, most of us will not realize that Telogen Effluvium is triggered until after 3-4 months of the actual incident. You may be scared of losing most of such hair in a short amount of time, but this condition is usually temporary. Each hair that falls off is replaced by a new hair so you may not face the problem of baldness.

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Symptoms and Diagnosis

The good part is that mostly people will not notice that you have Telogen Effluvium. This is because the hair does not fall of from a particular part of the scalp but few from every part. This does not make patches of hair loss but makes your hair less dense. So, if you have large patches of bald spots then you probably do not have Telogen Effluvium. The ideal way to understand if you are not suffering from this kind of hair loss condition you may choose to consult a professional set of team-members at Advanced Hair Studio UAE to help you understand the actual situation. Only post such diagnosis can the appropriate solution be suggested and taken forward.