Hair loss is unfortunately relatively common, and can be a stressful experience for those who suffer from it. Everyone loses hair on a daily basis naturally and although the amount varies from person-to-person depending on hair type, colour etc, it is expected that the average person will lose 50-100 hairs per day across their adult life; these are then usually replaced by new ones so the loss is invisible.
Each individual will have an idea of their usual hair loss rate and it is when this rate suddenly increases, with hair becoming noticeably thinner and sparser, that other causes of hair loss should be examined. If you are starting to worry about the loss of your hair, then there a few simple steps you can take to get the help you need.
The first thing to do is to seek advice from a professional; this will help you discover the potential causes of your hair loss, which is the first step to treatment. If you are male, then before your initial consultation, take a look at your family tree. Male Pattern Baldness is genetic, so if you have a strong history of baldness in the family this may be the underlying cause.
Other causes can include hormone imbalance due to medication, pregnancy or menopause in women, or stressful and shocking situations. You should have full details on all these areas to enable your consultant to prescribe the right sort of hair loss treatment for you. The more informed your consultant is, the more they can help you.
Depending on your situation, there are a variety of treatments available. For Male Pattern Baldness, a treatment programme based around the primary treatments, Propecia and Minoxidil with various hair growth boosters and close monitoring is usually recommended and has proved highly effective in the majority of cases. As such, minoxidil and Propecia are the only two hair loss drugs licensed by the MHRA in the UK, and its US counterpart, the FDA. Propecia is a 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor, which prevents hair loss by blocking the production of DHT, the hormone responsible for Male Pattern Baldness. Minoxidil complements this by helping essential nutrients and increased blood flow reach the follicles, stabilising hair loss and encouraging growth. Although Propecia is not suitable for women, female hair loss sufferers can greatly benefit from a course of Minoxidil.
There are a number of other things you can try at home to help increase the chances of stabilising hair loss and/or re-growth. These include adapting your diet to include more protein and potassium rich foods, as both these nutrients help hair stay strong and glossy. It can also help to take a herbal supplement, specially designed for those suffering from hair loss, to ensure the right nutrients are being taken on board. The Belgravia Clinic’s herbal supplement, Hair Vitalics, contains Saw Palmetto, a naturally occurring ingredient which can act as a booster to hair growth in complement to a combined course of Propecia and Minoxidil.
So if you are worried about hair loss, don’t suffer in silence. The most important step is to seek professional advice by arranging a free consultation or completing an online diagnostic form as soon as concerns arise to begin addressing your hair loss as soon as possible.