The Psychology of Hair Loss

It’s OK if you’re not OK with losing your hair.

Denial, jealousy, feelings of isolation, humiliation, a profound sense of loss, depression—we’ve been there and we know how you feel. We created West+Bond to put you on a path back to a head of natural hair that will make you feel and look great again. 

If you find yourself furtively checking people’s hairlines countless times a day, posting Facebook photos of yourself from years ago when you had hair at your temples, or dreading situation where you cannot wear your baseball cap, we are here to tell you that now you have real options beyond answers like “just shave it” or “get used to it”. Contact us today to begin your journey.

At West + Bond our role goes beyond hair restoration services. Instead, we support our clients in whatever decision is best for them. Sometimes that means a medication-only approach to manage a “Norwood II” level of hair loss, sometimes it means a 2500-follicle hair transplant.

What is fundamentally true is that just as with every hairline, every every person is different, and your feelings about your hair loss are valid. The team at West+Bond has worked in (and in many cases personally dealt with) hair loss for decades. We inherently know all of the emotions involved when it comes to hair. 

Ask our physicians a question about your unique circumstances. You will receive a personalized, expert response.

Not Everyone Is a Bald Hero

Shaving your head is certainly a solution, and it works for many men (Jason Statham, Bruce Willis, Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, and many non-celebrities as well). These are strong guys with advanced male pattern baldness who have embraced the look and maintained their appeal.

But not everyone is comfortable sporting a shaved scalp, and not everyone has to be. Instead of throwing the baby out with the bath water, you may want to save the hair you have and put it to better use.

Chris P. West, West + Bond client and actor (who decided against "just shaving it")

The Baldness Irony: The Stigma of Being Bald and the Stigma of Treating It

Like it or not, there is a baldness stigma in society. “Loss” of all kinds (strength, cognitive abilities, stature, flexibility) is associated with aging, and hair loss is no exception. Hair loss however can significantly precede other age-related conditions, and for many men can start in their 20s or early 30s—what is otherwise the zenith of adulthood. Moreover hair (and its loss) is prominent: hair frames the face, hair is memorable, and hair is among the most significant features people notice in first encounters.

Moreover, due to decades of mediocre (at best) baldness treatments, there is a parallel societal stigma around attempts to treat hair loss. Ill-fitting hairpieces, hair plugs, “spray-on” hair, and even the significant scarring that can accompany manual follicular unit extraction (FUE) all have served at one time or another as fodder for jokes or humiliation, resulting in a “cure” that’s worse than the condition and an unfortunate contamination of the very idea of treating hair loss. Whereas Botox and dermabrasion and orthodontics and countless other cosmetic procedures are de rigeur, hair loss treatments have lagged behind their aesthetic counterparts.

To be fair, all prior hair loss treatments have fallen short when it comes to what counts: giving you legitimate options. You need hair that can be styled, a hairline that looks natural, and a hairline that is natural, because it’s your actual hair. Through our advanced technology and the perfected approach of The Harris Protocol, West+Bond is able to offer you something not before available: actual satisfaction in a hair loss approach.

The Complicated Psychology of Hair Loss

The feelings surrounding hair loss are understandably complex. Losing one’s hair can feel like a loss of control. This loss of control can result in, or be accompanied by, reduced self-esteem, jealousy, and depression. These aren’t unnatural or inappropriate feelings—these are real, human emotions—and “getting used to it” only goes so far.

Luckily, today it’s not the only option. For those who want to take control, it’s available. Contact us to see what’s right for you.

West + Bond founder Doug Kelly, before his successful hair restoration