Hair loss in Jordan between politics, over treatment of water and marriage!
I have been hearing many complaints about hair loss in Jordan recently. Actually, I notice my hair is much more prone to breaking and falling out. It falls out even when I just touch it.
I thought I have a problem, and blamed my diet, then I blamed my shampoo… but then I realized that a lot of people suffer from the same problem, and eventually realized that almost everyone around me suffers the same problem.
A friend mentioned how her hair falls when in Jordan, but when in London, it is relatively healthier. I wonder if this problem is connected to the location? Could this be a Jordanian problem?
Truthfully, I have no idea why we are suffering of hair loss in Jordan. And since I am still not ready to investigate it, I decided to ask several people about their perceptions on the subject.
Some answers truly surprised me… Maybe there is a need to actually look deeper into the subject?
Why are we losing our hair?
Enas, 30 years old, project manager:
“It is the fall of course! In the summer, I did not face this problem…Look at nature around you, trees lose their leaves, animals shed their skin, and we lose some of our hair.”
Ahmad, 24, marketing officer:
“It is the effect of all the weapons that have been used in Iraq and Palestine since 1990. Hair loss is only a symptom of all the changes that have been happening in our bodies for the last two decades. Did you know that cancer rate is very high in Jordan? It is because we have been exposed to different doses of nuclear radiations throughout these years”
Sahar, 47, Librarian
“Ahh you hit a nerve! Things go way beyond hair loss…. there is sicknesses, infertility…
This is the result of food and products we export from the west. They have a plan to reduce our numbers, because they see us as underdeveloped. A friend of mine is a lab technician. She told me that today, the number of men who suffer from infertility is much higher than before. Ten years ago, from every ten men, two or three men suffered of infertility, today the number has increased to eight or nine.”
Samira 63, Retired
“it is gel, mousse, creams…all the disgusting things young people use on their hair!”
Mona, 19, student
“For girls my age, it is malnutrition and unhealthy diets. We are all so conscious of our weights that we don’t eat properly… so I assume an imbalanced diet that lacks certain vitamins or minerals is often the cause of hair loss.”
Rami, 35, Engineer
الولاد، المرا و طلباتها ، الشغل… مع هدا stressكتر خير الله انه لسا في كم شعرة
Grisly 27, writer
“Over treatment of water in Jordan. After water crisis in the nineties, they started over treating water. Calcium (also known as lime) is injected into water systems or be used as part of the water treatment/delivery process. When it attaches to hair, it creates an invisible limestone wall on skull. It looks like Dandruff, but it is not reallydandruff
Saad 14, student
“Climate change for sure!”
Salam, 51, House wife
“Years of chemical treatment, colouring, heat and styling. Think about it like this, we start fussing about hair colour in our thirties maybe?… for me this is about 20 years of harsh chemicals… I am sure it has not been healthy for my hair… but it is still better than the alternative”