I’m losing my hair! A hair loss survival guide.

John C. is a stable, educated man who looks like the typical, well-adjusted early thirties male. Dressed in smart causal business style, his talkative nature demonstrates a man of confidence and optimism. Life seems to be good for John—a good job, his first new home, a supportive family, and a close network of friends. But, behind the happiness and positives, John is actually very unhappy, nervous, angry and self-aware, all because of hair loss. “I run the gamut of emotions from frustration to depression to anger,” says John. His problem? John, like many millions of others, is experiencing hair loss. “It all started four years ago when I went for a haircut, and out of the blue the hair stylist says, ‘looks like you are losing a little hair on top’… I was shocked. I looked in the hand mirror she was holding and saw a shiny, skin-coloured patch peeking out of my hair. Hair loss??? I felt my stomach turn, and my heart sank,” says John. “My first thoughts were ‘how can I go out like this?’ and ‘how long has this been going on?’; then, a feeling of ‘getting old’ came on, and instantly my world was changed. I asked the stylist what can be done and she said ‘not much, and it costs and fortune’; my heart sank some more. On the way home, all I could think about was ‘I am losing my hair’—how fast would it fall out, and what would I look like? I was never great-looking, but with a hair loss patch, I would look awful. How could I ever date again? Would I ever marry?” For millions, these thoughts are normal reactions to discovering hair loss occurring; and, if not dealt with quickly and properly, can lay a foundation for misery.

When John got home, he ran to his bathroom and with a little hand mirror, strategically placed next to a large bedroom one, examined the damage. Seeing hair loss the first time was not pretty: “Where I thought my beautiful hair was thick and vibrant, a patch of skin the size of a large coin was clearly emerging from beneath my hair,” John remembers. “Great! After an hour in depressed thought, I realized I had to do something to either cure or stop my hair loss situation from getting worse— but, what? Out of panic, I called for an appointment with my family doctor ASAP to see what could be done, “says John.

Shock, panic, depression, frustration, anger… these are common feelings hair loss discovery can give any person, and if not dealt with properly, can last a lifetime. Studies clearly tell us how a person looks effects how they feel— from self worth to self happiness to confidence to self esteem. Hair loss is involved in numerous “diseases of well being” including depression, anxiety, self abuse, inferiority complexes, phobias (especially social) and even suicide. “We live in an age of beauty and looks,” says John. “No one, including myself, wants to look bad, or at least not your best. Life is a competition—for jobs, mates, success, friends—and having hair loss simply makes a person less competitive (in my opinion). It’s a hard truth, but this is reality. Movie stars, business leaders, and politicians all have hair,” says John. “Can you imagine JFK (John Kennedy), Elvis, Tom Cruise, or Mick Jagger bald? Never, so I started to really worry about what was going to happen to me with hair loss—it sounds vain and stupid, but it is how I felt and saw things (and still do).”

John’s emergency appointment with his family doctor was a normal first-step taken when hair loss is first detected. Sadly, this step can often be a fruitless, even negative one—with most GP’s viewing hair loss problems as simple vanity, and nothing more. Physicians, traditionally, look at patients from a medical problem perspective, involving diseases, ailments, and conditions that are medically damaging or lethal. Because hair loss does not outwardly kill, impair, or threaten basic living, and is more aesthetically linked, it is usually assigned to the realm of vanity (along with breast implants and facelifts). Weight loss, being a threat to life, is taken more seriously than hair loss.

Hair Loss is dangerously oversimplified

Oversimplification on the part of physicians has been very damaging and even life-threatening to many suffering from hair loss—if left untreated, we have seen above the effects hair loss can have. More importantly, the insidious and progressive nature of hair loss means that the situation is going to get worse, not better, for sufferers. “To be truthful, I felt embarrassed going to my doctor with such a little thing like losing my hair,” says John. “I felt like I was wasting his time with my personal vanity—I mean it’s just hair loss. But, I had to do something and find out more. However, he just took a quick peek at my scalp, asked ‘if baldness ran in my family,’ and then wrote a prescription for Rogaine—and that was it. It took five (5) minutes, and I was out the door! I tried the Rogaine (Minoxidil), but, after 4 months of trial, nothing happened; I even think I lost some more hair. So, I went to see him, again, and he had me try Propecia (Finasteride), which made me ill. Finally, in a third appointment, he said, ‘there is not much else I can do’— and that was it. Going home, I thought hair loss seems to have beaten medical science… a paltry little thing like losing hair has baffled science,” says John. Over the next two (2) years, he got more frustrated and depressed as his hair loss continued; what initially was a small coin of baldness now involved the entire center of his scalp, and his front hair line was under attack. “I started to wear a baseball cap, which is really typical, and felt very silly at times,” John sighs. “But, it was all I had to keep my self-esteem with. What really got me angry was my family saying things like ‘it’s no big deal – you’re a nice person’ and ‘it’s not what you look like on the outside’; I could have strangled them! Of course life is what you look like—and I want to have my beautiful hair back, that made my face look younger, softer, and a lot more attractive. But, ‘how?’ was the big question. ”

John revisited internet hair loss chat rooms and websites of companies providing hair loss and hair replacement remedies—places he was both sceptical about and afraid to approach for several reasons. “Well, to start off with, the hair loss and replacement industry had a bad reputation as it has always been the butt of jokes. Secondly, I did not really know what it offered—all I could picture were awful-looking toupees and ‘rugs.’ Finally, the embarrassment of being seen going to a ‘hair loss’ company was almost too much to bear—all I could think of was a bunch of men with hair loss paying a fortune for either things that do not work or for rugs on their heads. Either way, it was pretty daunting.” John’s feelings are not unusual as left alone, with little guidance, those suffering hair loss usually have to find their own way that has traditionally been depicted as comedic, corrupt or bogus (with some truth involved). “I was looking for information and facts about hair loss when I came across MyHairFacts.com (www.myhairfacts.com),” says John. “I started to read some interesting things about coping with hair loss, hair loss causes, new hair loss treatments and developments, hair replacement and hair re-growth, and saw messages that I really liked—especially ‘innovation,’ ‘trust’ and ‘warranty.’ So, after reading about ten (10) pages concerning hair loss and hair loss treatments, I emailed for information. In about 1 hour, I had an email brochure sent to me telling me more about the site’s sponsor London’s Aspiration Hair, and in 15 minutes I called to book an appointment. “

That appointment changed John’s life, as it opened up a world of industry-leading, ethical hair loss treatment, including hair loss replacement and hair re-growth, whose core mission is improving the lives of hair loss sufferers. “Like any industry-leader, Aspiration is about customers first, innovation, and profit further down the line. Within my first half hour of meeting them, and seeing their products and message, I knew that I finally had some hope,” says John. “I found people that understand what I have been though, have global access to the best products, and even back them up with a guarantee (their Aspiration Promise)… I found hope for hair loss.”