“It’s as if their bodies have a mind of their own,” explains Dr. Vivian Diller
, a psychologist specialising in body image. “Alopecia and hirsutism are very upsetting experiences to most women, but if they understand why they feel that way, that alone can help them manage their reaction. It's a fear of being out of control.” Two-thirds of the 1,000 women surveyed for We Can Face It
, a 2010 campaign to support women with unwanted facial hair, felt “unfeminine” and 30% suffered from clinical depression. Research
also shows how hair loss can have a real, damaging psychological impact
, and although we tend to think of baldness as something that only affects men with age, women are significantly more likely
to suffer emotionally as a result.