When a person goes through a major loss, grief is a perfectly normal process that accompanies the hair loss. The whole grief process is complex. The grieving process is psychological, emotional, and physical and has an impact on individuals, friends and family. We have listed below the more common phases that people move through as they grieve.
Denial: “I’m fine. This can’t be happening, not to me.”
One of the first stages is denial. It is an initial temporary defense we go through. When you first notice your hair is beginning to thin or that you notice hair loss, you may not what to believe it is happening. You may even convince others that you aren’t losing your hair.
Anger: “Why me? It’s not fair!”; “How can this happen to me?”; “Who is to blame?”
Anger often follows denial for many. Once you acknowledge that your hair is thinning, some individuals become angry. It happens because individuals feel it isn’t fair that this is happening to them and it isn’t happening to others.
Bargaining: “I’ll do anything.”; “I would give my life savings if only…”
In this stage, a person goes into almost a negotiation stage. The negotiation is actually more of a wish fulfillment, a dream of an exchange to get your hair back.
Depression: “I’m so sad, why bother with anything?”, “Why go on?”
In this stage individuals being to understand, and feel the effects of their hair loss. Because of this, a person may begin to withdraw from others and become more isolated. Feeling sadness and fear is completely normal in this stage.
Acceptance: “It’s going to be okay.”; “I can’t fight it, I may as well prepare for it.”
The acceptance stage is one where a person starts to accept their hair loss. They prepare for it and try doing different things about it. In this stage a person may include educating them selves on solutions for the problem.
The grieving process takes place at its own pace. The length of each stage can differ from person to person. It’s important not to discount your emotions about thinning hair. Allow yourself to grieve and reach out to other for support. If you want to talk to a hair loss professional that understand hair loss, we at Dermatex Hair Restoration would be more than happy to talk with you. We can help you understand the options you have.