About 40 percent of Hong Kong women suffer from hair loss and the problem is more common among those in higher pay grades, according to a survey commissioned by an unnamed hair treatment brand.
Sky Post reported Friday that K Marketing and Communications Ltd surveyed 400 women aged between 30 and 55 for the brand and found that about 52 percent of women earning HK$30,000 (US$3,870) to HK$40,000 per month have hair loss problems, 13 percentage points higher than those who make HK$10,000 a month.
The problems are more common among women who work longer hours.
The report quoted one 33-year-old woman as saying that her hair began thinning out after she was promoted to head of a bank department in 2012, earning about HK$40,000 a month.
“We have to report to senior management every month. If profits aren’t good, I can’t sleep for the whole week and I can see hairs on my pillow when I get out of bed,” she said.
Psychologist Scarlett Tsoi said hair loss may stem from anxiety about relationships or guilt over a failure to strike a balance between family and work.
Dermatologist Hau Kwun-cheung said stress might induce hormonal imbalances, contractions in blood vessels and a loss of appetite which can stop the scalp getting enough nutrients.
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