Hair Loss Survey Results
Date: Aug 2018
Hair loss survey from talkhealth reveals just under 4 in 5 people (79%) have not met with a professional expert to discuss their hair loss problems, with 30% of those surveyed stating that they were too embarrassed to seek help.
The average person has between 100,000 to 150,000 hairs and will lose between 100 to 150 on a daily basis1. Hair loss, or alopecia, is a condition whereby individuals find themselves losing more hairs than this, with regrowth being stunted causing a noticeable loss of hair. Hair loss is a very common problem which affects roughly 50%2 of women and 70% of men3.
Given the large number of the UK population who are either living with, or at risk of developing hair loss, talkhealth have teamed up with the Get Ahead of Hair Loss campaign to offer support. A survey was initially launched to explore the condition further. Over 600 members of the talkhealth community took part in the survey; 70% female and 30% male. 95% were either experiencing hair loss or had a close family member or friend who was.
Living with hair loss can have a huge impact on an individual. The survey found that of those living with hair loss, 38% said it affected their confidence tremendously. Alongside this, 38% also cited the huge effect it had on their self-esteem, 33% felt it affected their sense of identity, 45% felt it had an impact on their own feelings of attractiveness and 45% stated that it greatly impacted their feelings of attractiveness to others.
Of those who were suffering with hair loss, 4 in 5 (79%) have not yet met with a professional expert to discuss their hair loss problems. Embarrassment (30%), not believing the condition is serious (32%) and not having enough time (10%) were the leading reasons behind not yet meeting with an expert to discuss the condition.
Of those that did seek professional advice, 70% contacted their GP followed by 18% who chose to go to a dermatologist. 30% of these people waited over a year before contacting an expert to discuss the condition and 25% were referred to a specialist to discuss their hair loss further, with 64% of these only requiring 1-2 appointments before being referred.
90% of those surveyed were not currently receiving treatment from a specialist, GP or trichologist. Despite this, 47% were using hair growth shampoo with a further 39% using hair supplements. When questioned about where they found information about these treatments, 45% cited Google and 24% found them through TV adverts. A further 25% have tried home D.I.Y. treatments with 43% found information through Google, and 24% heard about treatments from friends and family.
It is important to know that there are treatments out there that can help4 and seeking professional advice can help tackle the issue of hair loss early on. talkhealth are hosting an Ask the Expert clinic on hair loss/alopecia, in collaboration with the British Skin Foundation, on August 16th, allowing the opportunity to post questions to leading experts from August 13th. On September 30th, Get Ahead of Hair Loss will be holding a conference on the condition, along with talkhealth and with leading experts in attendance. You can find out more about the event, as well as order your tickets, here.
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Last revised: 21 August 2018
Next review: 21 August 2021