Hair thinning and baldness cause psychological stress due to its effect on an appearance. The psychology of hair thinning is a complex issue. Hair is considered as an essential part of the overall identity. Especially for women, for whom it often represent femininity and attractiveness.
Men typically associate a full head of hair with youth and vigor. Although they may be aware of pattern baldness in their family. Many are uncomfortable talking about the issue. Hair thinning is a sensitive issue for both sexes. For sufferers, it can represent a loss of control and feeling of isolation.
People have between 100000 to 150000 hairs on their head. The number of strands normally lost in a day is 100. In order to maintain a normal volume hair must be replaced at the same rate at which it is lost. The first signs of hair thinning that people will often notice are more hairs than usual left in the hairbrush after brushing or in the basin after shampooing. Styling can also reveal areas of thinning. Such as a wider parting or a thinning crown.