Baldness obsession of young people


ChinaTo cover the shiny top of his head, Dinh Quan, a young man born after 1990, equips himself with a wig before returning to his hometown to celebrate Tet.

“I bought it for a few hundred yuan online. The hair looks pretty, but I’m still confused when using it,” Dinh shared. After graduating in 2016, he worked as a software engineer in Beijing. Constantly staying up at night, eating erratically, causing his hair to fall out a lot.

According to China’s National Health and Medical Commission, about one-sixth of the country’s population suffers from hair loss (250 million people) and is tending to be younger. People under 30 years old accounted for 69.8%, the largest proportion came from the age group 26-30, accounting for 41.9%.

Taobao, a major online shopping site in China, says hair loss products have been on the list of 40 best-selling items in recent years. Consumers under the age of 30 account for more than 40% of sales.

Wang Bin, director of the medical center of a large corporation in Beijing, shared that hair loss every day is normal, each person can lose 50-100 strands. The main cause of this phenomenon is stress, staying up late, lack of exercise, poor diet….

Stress at work is the main cause of hair loss in young people. In a survey of 643 universities conducted by China Youth Daily newspaper, more than half of the students reported that they suffered from hair loss. Of these, about 60% have applied many measures to improve the condition such as wearing wigs, using drugs or hair transplants.

Hair loss causing baldness is currently an obsession of many young Chinese. Photo: Xinhua

Compared to wearing entangled wigs, which are easy to detect if they accidentally fall off, hair transplants are the optimal choice for people who are bald.

Advertisements for hair transplant services in China all claim to be “very natural and last forever”, but many Chinese experts say that hair transplants are not suitable for everyone. In addition, price, safety and shelf life… are also issues to consider before deciding.

Recently, 28-year-old Wei Khiet had an idea for a hair transplant. “I counted over and over a few times, every day I lost more than 100 strands. Just gently stroked it, and dozens of strands fell out.”

Feeling the white space on his head getting bigger and bigger, Wei wanted to change the status quo. She tried many anti-hair loss shampoos, then ate black sesame, washed her hair with ginger… but the results were not satisfactory. According to the recommendation of experienced colleagues, Wei decided to choose a hair transplant earlier this year.

“The price of a hair follicle is 10-12 yuan, the specific quantity to be transplanted must be determined by the transplant facility or hospital through testing,” Wei said. After examining, the doctor said that her case needed about 1,000 hair follicles transplanted with a treatment cost of about 10,000 yuan (nearly 36 million dong). For this girl, this is an acceptable price. “The main thing is to be young, not only physically but also mentally,” Wei said.

Seeing that his hair was gradually turning into the shape of an M, Dinh Quan, 30 years old imagined that in a few years he would be a “bald old man” through other people’s words. But when contacting a hair transplant hospital, Dinh was informed that the quality of his hair was not suitable for transplant.

Chau Thanh, deputy head of the Department of Dermatology at Beijing People’s Hospital, said that hair loss is genetic or pathological, so any hair transplant, regardless of the reason, must undergo a rigorous examination and evaluation process. “Not everyone is suitable for hair transplant. This method easily damages subcutaneous tissue, not suitable for patients with diabetes, folliculitis and skin diseases.”

“Hair transplant itself is an act of tearing down the East wall to create a Western wall,” said Mr. Chau. If the hair source at the back of the patient’s head is not enough and of good quality, it is not possible to carry out a hair transplant. According to this position, for each patient, there is only the most suitable method, not the most advanced method.

A young man's hair transplant area is identified before the hair transplant procedure takes place at a hospital in Beijing, China.  Photo: Baidu

A young man’s hair transplant area is identified before the hair transplant procedure takes place at a hospital in Beijing, China. Photo: Baidu

When hair transplants are popular in China, there are many people who achieve good results like Wei Khiet, but also many people bring “trouble” for themselves because of this procedure. “If the first hair transplant fails, the second time is much more difficult than the first. Because hair follicle resources are limited and cannot be regenerated,” said Mr. Chau Thanh.

Currently, it is difficult for customers in China to protect their rights when the effectiveness of hair transplants is not satisfactory.

Last year, Cao, a young man from Hangzhou, resorted to this method when his hair became increasingly sparse. In the contract, the hospital has committed to 95% of the hair follicles to survive, but Cao said that this rate is only 50%. When Cao wanted to protect his rights, he learned that there is no method to quantify “survival rate of hair follicles”. Even if the customer sues, the effect is very limited.

Vy Trang (Follow sina)

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