Some Facts About Hair Loss in America
As you probably already know,after seeing those haunting resemblances in your family photo album of Great Uncle Otto when he was your age (with his two hairs combed over the top of his head),hair loss has been around a long time.
In fact,mankind has been seeking cures for hair loss since at least 400 B.C.,when Hippocrates reportedly smeared pidgeon droppings on his scalp in an effort to regrow his hair.
We've uncovered some other interesting facts which should keep you amused,and at the same time,serve as a comforting reminder that you are not alone. 35 million American men suffer from hair loss. A survey conducted by America Online in 1995 found that 25% of those who responded would sacrifice five years of their life for a full head of hair.
Men spend an estimated $1.2 billion a year on hair loss remedies - at least $100 million of that going toward unproven treatments,from vitamin pills to special shampoos. (source: Men's Health,July 1997,"Don't Get Scalped")
The American Hair Loss Council estimates tht 11 million men and women who are losing their hair are actively seeking a remedy at any given time.
A study in the British Journal of Psychology found that bald men suffer low self-esteem and self-confidence and are less sociable.
One study found that the number of bald men in the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate was far short of what would have been statistically expected from a rendom sample among men of corresponding age.