Date
23 October 2017
About 40 percent of women in Hong Kong have hair loss problems, a study has found. Photo: agelessfashionbeauty.com
About 40 percent of women in Hong Kong have hair loss problems, a study has found. Photo: agelessfashionbeauty.com

Survey links women’s hair loss to pay, pressure

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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