With the raging storms of late and news of increased flooding and global warming, there are many reasons for combating climate change. But would it ever cross your mind that hair loss be one of them? The most common cause of hair loss is Androgenetic Alopecia, or genetic hair loss, and approximately 80% and 50% of women will suffer from the condition. But could the changing climate be triggering a new type of hair loss?
Dr Anil Abraham, head of dermatology at St John’s Medical College Hospital in Bangalore, India, says, that over the last 5 years, there has been a significant increase in hair loss in women and children, with numbers increasing by 20-30%. However, while the weather could play a role, Dr Abrahim says there are other factors that result in hair loss such as “poor diet, styling techniques, commuting, stress, long hours at work, altered sleep patterns and increasing pollution”.
Senior hair loss specialist at the Belgravia Centre, Leonora Doclis, says that while certain weather conditions can damage the hair, they are unlikely to cause hair loss. “When there is very little humidity in the air and conditions are very dry, the hair can break. African hair is more prone to breakage partly as a result of these dry conditions where as Asian hair does not suffer from this problem,” explains Doclis.
When it comes to preventing hair loss, Dr Abraham says a balanced diet is important and to avoid fad diets. “I have often seen people who have lost significant weight coming with complaints of severe hair loss. If you need to lose weight and keep your hair, frequent smaller meals, with less junk food, sweets and oil is a sensible solution, in addition to regular exercise,” explains Dr Abraham. Other tips for maintaining healthy hair include ensuring an intake of Biotin in the diet and, for those with anaemia, an iron supplement may be beneficial. Palak, sprouts and an occasional handful of dry fruits are also hair-healthy supplements says Dr Abraham.
When it comes to managing hair loss, in some cases the hair will return to a normal growth cycle if left to recover on its own and the correct action is taken (ie protection from the sun, reducing the use of chemicals and heat, managing stress and following a healthy diet). However some individuals will benefit from a tailored hair loss treatment course. There are two products that have undergone extensive clinical trials and be found to be both safe and effective. As a result of these studies, Minoxidil (for men and women) and Propecia (for men only) have been licensed by the MHRA and FDA-approved for the treatment of hair loss in the UK and USA respectively.
To get the best results from these products, it is recommended to undergo a tailored treatment course. If you have noticed a receding hairline, thinning hair or hair loss, then the best thing to do is see a specialist who will be able to diagnose the condition and recommend suitable treatment, if necessary. To see the kind of results that clients of the Belgravia Centre have achieved, take a look around the large collection of Hair Loss Success Stories.
The Belgravia Centre offers a free consultation with a hair loss specialist at its London-based clinic or via the website. To book an appointment, just call 020 7730 6666 or message the centre. Alternatively, complete and submit the online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will be in touch to discuss your case further.