To Shave or Not To Shave?
Hairin Lies the Question
One of the common misconceptions I have about using my hair system is the feeling that I'm giving up the hair I have struggled to keep. I may have thought to shave off my hair in the past, but perhaps I was worried about what my friends and family would think and more so, how I would look. Would a shaved head suit me or not? Would it make me feel as though I have failed somewhere in my attempts to save my thinning strands?
My image as a male in the LGBTQ+ community was affecting my mental health
Maybe anxiety about how I would look to myself and others stopped me from going down the shaving route. My hair had a huge impact on my mental health. A few of my friends have told me shaving off my hair would suit me and it's not really about giving up my hair. I then realised my image was more about what I had to gain. I gain more thinking time to spend on things I love to do (instead of constantly thinking of my hair loss). By shaving a partial part of my hair and replacing it with a hair system, I felt more comfortable exploring more interests and investing in my current hobbies.
I realised my hair loss gave me confidence
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I have made new friends and we all share the same mindset on how it doesn't matter whether you have hair or no hair. I did gain a healthier mind and body. And I gained confidence in myself and the ability to share my struggles with hair loss. I'm not saying that using a hair replacement system suddenly made my life easier. Life will still come with its ups and downs, anxieties, and excitement. Instead, it was about giving myself the space to think clearly about other challenges in life rather than drowning them out with my hair loss.
Using a hair replacement system has given me a mindful break and it has never once hurt my feelings. It has opened up the possibility of living differently with a full head of hair. My advice would be to consider it an experiment, and see what happens. If you don't like it, then you can always go back to what was before.
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