On the Meaning and Significance of Hair

Everyone has a Different View on Hair

The way two people think about their hair or their hair loss is not only unlikely to be the same - it’s also practically impossible. Our cumulative experiences from birth to the present influence how we come to view many things in our lives, including our hair.


Every part of the life journey matters. The way that a patient’s hair was brushed, washed or styled at age 3 influences, beyond any morsel of doubt, the way they think about their hair at age 23 or 63. The way the individual feels their hair looked like in the class photo from middle school affects how the high school student feels about their hair and ultimately how the same adult now thinks about his or her hair.

Comments and actions from family, friends, and teachers in childhood impact on how our emotions and thinking ultimately develop and influence exactly how we come to view our hair.

Our schooling, our jobs, our relationships, our hobbies - they all matter. What we choose to read, what we choose to watch and what we chose to listen to - it all matters to the meaning and significance each of us attaches to our hair. Every glance we have ever given our reflective self in the mirror, and every selfie we have ever taken further shapes these views.

Despite the world population of nearly 8 billion people, and countless generations of people in the past, there has yet to be two people who think about their hair or about their hair loss in a completely identical way.


No two people have ever shared an identical life journey and no two people have ever yet come to think about their hair in an identical way.

Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Whistler office at 604.283.1887

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