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What Does A Dream About Losing Your Hair Mean?

Have you ever had a dream about losing your hair, your hair falling out in clumps, or about going bald? If you have had this dream before you’re definitely not alone. It’s actually a pretty common dream. There are several different ways that this dream can be interpreted and there are different thoughts about what the dream might mean. A lot of the meaning of the dream depends on your particular circumstances. For example, many people dream about losing their hair as they get older because they are afraid of aging and losing your hair is a visible sign of that which is difficult to hide from others.


The Sceptic View

Some people would say that dreams don’t mean anything. That’s the skeptical view of dreams and there are a lot of people who think that what you dream about when you dream isn’t really relevant to your life. Sceptics think that dreams are just the product of the brain decluttering itself and dumping images, emotions, and debris to free up space. And it’s possible that they are correct. Studies have shown that the brain does go through a period of “data dumping” when you are in a REM sleep stage. The brain sorts through thousands of images, impressions, emotions, and sensory data trying to reset itself so that it can store more data. This is why sometimes your dreams are a mishmash of things that happened in the past and things that never happened. The data in your brain is getting dumped and your brain is making connections between random events and images that may not actually be connected. But there is also an emotional component to dreams that can’t be explained by the sceptic’s view of dreams. Your emotions like fear and anxiety also influence what you dream about and can provide context and meaning for your dreams which makes it easier to analyze dreams and the emotions behind them.


Dreaming Of Hair Loss

If you’re not a sceptic and you have been dreaming about going bald, losing your hair in clumps, your hair falling out all of a sudden, or being bald there are lots of different things that your dreams can mean. Some are related to emotions, other are related to your body and mind trying to give you a signal and some might be warnings. Here are some of the different things that dreaming of hair loss can mean according to dream analysis experts:


Fear Of Aging

The most common interpretation of a dream about hair loss is that person having the dream is afraid of aging. Losing hair is one of the most visible signs of aging and it can be one of the hardest signs of aging to hide. Wrinkles and other signs of aging can be hidden with makeup or slowed down with the use of creams and lotions. But losing hair, thinning hair, or going bald is a sign of aging that can’t be hidden easily. And it’s a sign of aging that terrifies most people, especially women. Dreams about hair loss and aging are common among people who are entering a new phase of life, no matter what their age. A teenager could dream about hair loss because they are entering adulthood. Or someone in their 30s might start having dreams about hair loss as their 40th birthday approaches. Getting older in any form can trigger dreams about hair loss.


Losing Sexual Appeal

Culturally both men and women are seen as young, vital, and attractive when they have thick and full hair. No matter how their hair is cut and styles, and no matter what length it is, healthy hair that is luxurious and full is a sign of health and attractiveness. As people get older and their hair starts to thin, become brittle, or even fall out they are no longer considered conventionally attractive. So it’s possible that someone who dreams about hair loss, hair thinning, or losing their hair is afraid of losing their sexual potency or attractiveness. This can be due to getting older or to other factors. Sometimes new parents will dream about losing their hair because they feel that their new roles as parents have stripped them of their sexual identity. Other times people who have gained weight, had an illness, or gone through another difficult time will dream about losing their hair because they are afraid of not being attractive anymore.


Self Esteem

People with low self esteem will sometimes dream about losing their hair because their hair symbolizes safety and normalcy and they don’t think that they deserve that. People battling low self-esteem often see themselves as ugly monsters or as having a conventionally ugly appearance in dreams because their brain is manifesting the image of how they see themselves. The patchy hair, falling out hair, or lack of hair is a reflection of the way that they think they look to other people.



Not all the meanings of a dream about hair loss are negative or mean something dismal. Dreaming about being bald can mean that your life is going to be transformed or that you will go through some kind of personal transformation. Balding in a dream is often interpreted as showing off to the world who you really are so a person that has been working on a life transformation or personal transformation and dreams about being bald or going bald could be nearing the end of that transformation and they may be getting read to show off that transformation to the world. Bald can be beautiful so if you’re dreaming about being bald don’t assume it means something terrible. It could be the start of a totally new chapter in your life.


Sign Of Poor Nutritional Health

Some dream experts, especially those that believe strongly in a mind body connection, advise people that dreaming about hair loss or hair falling out means that they have a serious nutritional deficiency or imbalance that needs to be addressed. Having great looking shiny and soft hair is a symbol of health in nearly every culture. So if you dream that your hair is brittle, in poor condition, and falling out it could be a sign that your body is not healthy. There could be a hormone imbalance that is causing your hair to fall out in the dream or you could be lacking some of the vitamins and minerals that are necessary in order to make your hair healthy, soft, and shiny. If you dream that your hair is thinning, falling out in clumps, or brittle one of the first things that you should do is take a look at your diet to see if you might not be getting the nutrition that you need. Health supplements and herbal supplements might be necessary to bring your body back into balance.


Helplessness And Loss Of Control

Another interpretation of the meaning of losing your hair in a dream is fear of losing control or feelings of helplessness. If you dream about losing your hair it could indicate that you are afraid of a situation in your life or that you feel powerless in a particular situation in your life. Many people who are unhappy at work or have to deal with a toxic boss find that they dream about hair loss on nights before they go to work. That’s because they know they will be going into a situation where they feel powerless and they are dreading it. If you have starting dreaming about losing your hair it’s a good idea to sit down with a journal and examine if there are any situation in your life right now that are making you feel scared about the future, powerless, or helpless. Identifying the situation and dealing it with it in a constructive way may stop your dreams about hair loss.



There may not be any deeper meaning behind your dream about hair loss. It may just be plain old stress that’s causing you to dream about losing your hair. If you’re regularly so irritated, stressed out, or anxious that you feel like you want to pull your out or if you actually do pull your hair out at times because of the stress and pressure it’s very possible that stress is causing you to dream about hair loss. If your dreams of hair loss are caused by stress you might also wake up to find clumps of hair in your fists that you have pulled out of your own head while you slept. When this happens you are physically manifesting what your dream was about and it’s time to implement some stress reduction techniques so that you don’t pull out your actual hair.


Major Life Changes

Another potential trigger for dreams about losing hair or going bald is any kind of major life change. Starting a new job, going back to school, having a child, getting married, getting divorced, moving to a new home, and other major life changes can create so much anxiety and fear that you start dreaming about losing your hair.
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