Question: I had my hair permed about couple of years ago and I had a lot of hair loss after that. My hair used to be really thick and after having my hair permed it’s now very thin and I was wondering if you have treatment to get my hair back to being thick again. Also, could you let me now about the free laser treatment? Thank you.
Answer: Despite the highest degree of care and attention, most hair styling techniques impart some degree of unavoidable damage. Hair loss in women is more common than you might think and many believe it’s a result of over-styling. While perming is very drying on the hair and can affect its quality, it will not usually cause hair loss. It can, however, result in bald patches if the chemicals and heat used for the perm burn the scalp. In this case the hair follicles would be damaged beyond repair, leave a scar and result in permanent hair loss, although this does not seem to be the case for you.
Perming may also lead to thinning hair as a result of breakage along the shaft rather than hair fall from the follicle. Because it is a drying treatment, perms can impair the strength of the hair shaft, leaving it weak, brittle and prone to breakage.
If hair is falling from the follicle, it simply may be coincidental that the timing of your perm coincided with the gradual onset of female pattern hair loss. It is a treatable genetic condition that can be instigated by a number of things, such as hair trauma.
Apart from the burn scenario, both of the above incidences will present themselves as thinning hair, particularly on the top of the scalp in the latter condition. It is the most common hair loss condition seen in women and The Belgravia Centre recommends a personalised hair loss treatment program to address the condition. This may include, depending on the condition of the scalp among other things, the HairMax LaserComb.
This hand-held, personal, low-level laser light device is FDA-cleared for the treatment of hair loss and free with most Belgravia Centre treatment courses. Its patented mechanism penetrates the hair follicles in the scalp, opening up potassium channels for the deliverance of essential nutrients and helps speed up renewed hair growth by dividing the hair cells and enabling the storage of adenosine three phosphate (ATP). It’s essentially like the sun is to flowers for your hair and a supporting hair growth booster treatment which, when used alongside other proven hair loss treatments, can encourage new, thicker hair growth.