Humans are the only mammals that care for their hair by styling, curling, straightening, and cutting it. Hair is an important part of our culture and an important part of what makes us human. At Vinci Hair Clinic, we pay close attention to the ways that people use their hair to express their identities, communicate, and relate to one another. Recently, we were drawn to an important article by Siri Hustvedt about the cultural meaning of people’s hairstyles.[i] Hustvedt reminded us that hair isn’t just about looking stylish or feeling beautiful; it’s also part of the way we connect to each other.
When her daughter was in elementary school, Siri Hustvedt would read to her each night. While reading, she would comb and braid her hair. This simple ritual became an important part of their relationship. For many people, braiding, brushing, cutting, and styling each other’s hair is a way they connect to their family members . It’s also common for people to leave the circle of their close family and friends and find hairdressers, barbers, and stylists. But these are also important relationships. Countless movies and novels have scenes where important conversations unfold in a barber shop or salon.
When you start to lose your hair, you start to lose a part of the way you relate to other people. It can feel unsettling because not only are you losing part of your own identity and appearance you’re also losing the daily rituals you use to connect to friends, family, barbers, hairdressers, and stylists.
At Vinci Hair Clinic, we want you to know that these relationships don’t have to end. You can reclaim your identity and the rituals that connect you to the people you care about. If you’re experiencing pattern baldness, schedule a consultation with one of our experts to see if you qualify for hair transplant surgery. Successful hair transplant surgeries can restore your hairline, your appearance, your identity, and the relationships and rituals that surround your hair and keep you connected with your community. Check out Siri Hustvedt’s article at the New Republic to learn more about the many metaphors, connections, and meanings communicated through hair.