Hair loss can be caused by a variety of factors and can have an effect on a multitude of things in your life. Can looking for a job become one of them? There are stigmas surrounding hair loss and the people with it, making how you're perceived in the workplace difficult. But understanding the ill-perceived notions surrounding hair loss is half the battle.
We're here to help you become knowledgeable about how hair loss can affect your job, to help you combat workplace stigmas, find the treatment you need, and redeem the future you deserve.
Your First Impression and the Effects of Hair Loss on Finding a Job
When it comes to finding a job, getting promoted, or simply earning respect at your workplace, impressions are everything. People can create their own ideas of people based on how they look, and people often assume things about people with hair loss that are untrue. Hair loss can not only cause effects on your work life because of the impression it emits but also because of how you may perceive yourself.
While it may be completely illegal to hire or fire someone based on their age, it does have an effect on the impression you give. And unfortunately for those with hair loss, it can add anywhere between 10 to 20 years to your appearance. When looking for potential candidates, an employer may overlook someone who appears older, in favor of a candidate that is young and fresh.
Double Standards for Gender
There are often double standards in our society, and especially in the workplace, in regards to gender. Some things may be socially acceptable for one gender and not the other, making hair loss particularly difficult. A man, for example, may be more socially acceptable without hair than a woman. But unlike women, hair loss in men can even be conceived as a "normal" occurrence.
Effects on the Psyche
Aside from the impression hair loss can make on other people in the workplace and on potential employers, your hair loss can also create battles within yourself. Many people with hair loss may notice the way they are perceived in the world and naturally, become affected by it. It is natural for people with hair loss to feel self-conscious, lack self-esteem, and feel insecure. These feelings and perceptions of yourself can bring you down on the interview or in the workplace. And potential employers typically choose a confident candidate over an unconfident one.
Poor Perception of Hair Loss, the Real Causes, and Treatment Options
Though hair loss can be caused by a wide array of things, many people may make assumptions based on their first impression of you. Contrary to some people's preconceived notions, hair loss does not always dictate health, ability to handle stress, age, or hygiene.
Common Causes of Hair Loss in Men and Women
There are many reasons men and women may experience hair loss, but here are a few of the most common:
• Medical/health-related: Conditions and other complications like alopecia, trichotillomania, and lupus can cause hair loss. In addition, hair loss can be attributed to certain medications, chemotherapy, kidney failure, and more.
• Hormonal: Particularly true for women, irregularity in hormones can impact the endocrine system and therefore, hair loss.
• Genetics: One of the most common causes in men, hair loss can simply be hereditary. Passed through families, male pattern baldness causes a reduction in hair follicles that simply stop growing over time.
Treatment Options for Hair Loss
Today's world may take a lot from first impressions, but it's also allowed for innovative treatment options to help people experiencing hair loss to regain confidence and control.
There are a variety of non-invasive, non-surgical options to explore like hair prostheses, micro point extensions, and wigs, as well as more permanent, surgical solutions like hair transplants, hair grafting procedures, plasma-rich platelet injections, and more.
Hair loss doesn't have to affect every area of your life. To help you boost your self-esteem, make a great impression, and get started on the future you deserve, contact the trusted professionals at our office today to set up your consultation.