World Demographic Trends in Hair Loss

Talking to my Aspiration stylist the other day who has worked at Aspiration for a number of years now, he told me that when he first started about 60% of his clients were men. That has now reversed and up to 60% of his clients are women these days.

He also told me that the men often feel obliged to have a ‘story’ about their hair loss; ie ‘This all started after I fell off that motorbike at 25’ even though they may in reality have started experiencing hair loss before whatever incident. The women however seldom offer a story – they simply come to have their hair cosmetically restored.

I found this odd, as you would think it would be women who would be more embarrassed to seek help and feel the need to have a story behind it.

I thought it might be interesting to see if there was such a thing as a ‘world map’ to chart which countries in the world had what rates of male and female hair loss. Unfortunately I could not locate one, but during the course of my research I did find the best and the worst countries for hair loss.

Apparently the countries with the worst hair loss are America and the United Arab Emirates, which is currently experiencing unusually high levels for so-far unknown reasons. Poor diet is suspected as the primary culprit in America as whilst they may eat more meat than any other country in the world, the benefit of enhanced protein is often lost by the level of testosterone and meat-injected hormones/veterinary products ingested.

The best country for hair loss appears to be Korea where one American hair loss sufferer said he lived and worked for four years but never saw a bald man in his 20’s 30’s or 40s and even older men displayed only the odd small bald patch on the crown of the head or were shaven-headed monks by religion. In a desperate attempt to reverse his hair loss, the ex-pat tried to adopt the Korean diet but as his hair loss was extensive, saw only limited results. However this phenomenon could be explained by the fact that Korea is one of the cosmetic surgery centres of the world and apparently the Koreans do not hesitate to seek cosmetic help when they need it.

On a more national level, even a national map of hair loss for Britain would be fascinating (though of course not everyone presents to their GP for hair loss, so perhaps it is impossible to ever create an accurate picture). I for one would be intrigued to know if if is worse in cities or living near a nuclear power plant for example and to be able to compare the varying lifestyle factors of sufferers to see if any patterns emerge.

Talking of which I found a number of forums where those who had moved abroad to work, particularly to a much hotter part of the world, had experienced severe sudden hair loss, but the general consensus was that this was down to the stress of moving and acclimatising to live and work in another culture/country, particularly if there were language barriers as well. Most seemed to eventually regain their hair after a year or two.

I will end this post with the national statistics for hair loss in the US

Number of U.S. men experiencing hair loss 35 Million

Number of U.S. women experiencing hair loss 21 Million

Number of hair loss sufferers, world-wide, seeking professional treatment 811,363

Percent of men who will have noticeable hair loss by age 35 40 %

Percent of men who will have noticeable hair loss by age 60 65 %

Percent of men who will have noticeable hair loss by age 80 70 %

Percent of women who will have noticeable hair loss by age 60 80 %

Average number of hair follicles on the scalp 110,000

Average number of hairs lost daily by hair loss sufferers 100