The more you earn – the more hair you lose?
The results of a survey reported this week in the telegraph suggests that the more money you earn the more likely you are to lose your hair. Now keep your hair on – let’s take a look at this a little more closely.
Surveys, surveys, surveys
They seem to do surveys at the drop of a hat nowadays – there is so much data available on just about everything you could wish to imagine – we are all drowning in information. Some surveys really do make you wonder about what the rationale was for their inception in the first place and this survey is certainly in that category. Well, someone must have thought it was a good idea. The bad news is they were right as there does appear to be a link. It is difficult to argue with science but is it all this about money? I would hate to think if I won the lottery I may go bald overnight!
Stress is the problem
It all comes down to stress. It seems that 1 in 5 people earning over £75,000 blamed work stress for thinning hair compared with 1 in 10 people who were earning up to £15,000. Apparently this is all based on the fact that if you earn more money you are more likely to have more responsibility and therefore more stress. Telogen effluvium, is a type of hair loss that can occur through the stress of emotional or physical trauma.
Our culture exacerbates stress
The survey also focussed on the fact that women are under more pressure nowadays as they are now, more than ever before expected to follow careers, hold down a paid job and run the family home. Austin Reed, co-founder of Percy Reed and Co Salon reiterated to the Telegraph that people need to take these things on board. He said “Hiding your head in the sand simply isn’t going to help.”
I’m not sure if that was meant as a pun or not…
I think we have to get this survey in its right perspective. The issue here is the fact that excess stress causes hair problems – not excess money. I know from experience that the less money I have the more stress I am likely to feel. How much money you have is simply relative. The fact is the more money you have the more likely you are to focus on areas of presentation. When you are on a low income you don’t have that luxury which is why it is not probably mentioned by the people in the surveys on lower incomes.
As a culture stress is much more prominent in everybody’s lives. Some of us are good at handling it. Others need help and guidance. We need to be aware when it is affecting us physically and seek out those treatments to deal with it as early as possible.
Take it easy. Live life to the full and keep you hair on.
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