About one in two women in Taiwan suffer from hair loss, with the percentage rising to nearly 70 percent among older women, a survey released yesterday showed.
The survey of Taiwanese women aged 35 and above found that more than 50 percent of respondents in each age group have experienced hair loss.
However, the problem is even more common among respondents aged 55 and older, at 67 percent, the survey showed.
Hair loss was considered the second-most important concern among 56 percent of those polled, after obesity and overweight problems, it said.
Respondents cited a loss of confidence, anxiety and depression, fear of the public eye and impediments to romantic relationships as the “side effects” caused by hair loss.
Some regularly check their pillows, combs or bathroom drain for fallen hair to see if their condition has worsened.
To stop or hide thinning hair, 59 percent of respondents said they use anti-hair loss shampoos, followed by 55 percent who changed their hairstyles to make their hair appear more fluffy, the survey showed.
Just 20 percent sought medical attention.
A passive attitude may also be a factor in the high prevalence of hair fall among Taiwanese women, with 20 percent of respondents saying they had not taken action to ameliorate the problem and 74 percent saying they had simply grown used to the condition.
Dermatologist Chao Chao-ming (趙昭明) attributed the high rate of hair loss among women to frequent coloring and perming, use of unsuitable hair cleansing products, staying up late and maintaining high-fat dietary habits.
“Women who notice an increased amount of hair loss — more than 20 hairs a day [in addition to normal hair loss of about 50 strands a day] — for two consecutive weeks may be experiencing unnatural hair fall and should seek immediate medical care,” Chao said.
The survey was conducted from May 6 and May 28 by German shampoo manufacturer Dr Wolff.
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