Many people think hair loss is a laughing matter but most hair loss sufferers do not agree. The experience is different for everyone. For some, it’s a mild annoyance; for others, it’s traumatic.
When someone you love is dealing with hair loss, you can step up and become part of their support system. The worst thing you can do is make hair loss more difficult than it already is.
What to avoid
First and foremost, you should never mention a person’s hair loss or baldness in a moment of anger. Using hair loss as an insult is hitting way below the belt and referring to it in a negative or derogatory manner borders on abusive.
Some people who are bald or balding will make fun of their own hair loss. Using humor as a coping mechanism can be beneficial and laughter is excellent medicine. However, when it comes to teasing, tread carefully.
It’s one thing to laugh at yourself. It’s another thing entirely when other people are laughing at you. Some people are more sensitive to this than others. A good rule of thumb is to never tease a hair loss sufferer, even if they tease themselves.
What you can do
When a person complains about hair loss, the best thing you can do is downplay the effects of balding on the person’s appearance or self worth and focus on the positive. Sometimes a hair loss sufferer needs to be reminded that you love them but not just for their hair. With this said, don’t discount the realty of how hair loss affects a person’s self esteem.
Keep in mind that how a hair loss sufferer deals with balding is ultimately up to him or her. Some will decided to seek treatment through medicine or surgery. Others will use a wig or hairpiece to deal with their hair loss. Some will not do anything at all.
Whatever a person decides as the best course of action for dealing with hair loss, be supportive of that decision. Do not encourage a person to seek a treatment such as surgery or use a wig unless they discuss their desire to look into these options. Commit to being a part of the solution, not a part of the problem.