HAIR LOSS, BY ITS PROMINENT EXISTENCE IN SOCIETY, HAS BECOME AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR CULTURE.
When we speak about “culture” what are we really talking about? Is it the sort of “culture” symbolized by ladies in pearls sitting in boxes at an opera house listening to a Wagnerian soprano hit a high C? Or is “culture” what we refer to when discussing various and ever-changing factors that develop and evolve the characteristics of a large group of people?
The answer is both. “Culture” as it is widely defined here, refers to how we spend our leisure time, how we practice spirituality and how we teach and learn. “Culture” encompasses the how’s and whys of what we buy and sell and the traditions and mores that reflect, in the best and worst sense, the values and morals we live by as a group. And more even than that.
In this section, we examine culture as it applies to hair loss, in its positive and negative expressions. Whether talking about the prevalence of balding practitioners of certain cultural activities or about how a culture – subculture, counterculture or larger culture – views baldness, we learn that hair loss is an inextricable and important part of all culture by the very nature of its neutral existence.