Following a recent UK study which found that more women than ever are experiencing stress-related hair loss in their 20’s due to the pressures of work and modern life in general, India is noticing a similar trend.
Stress, hair loss and self-esteem issues
The effects of stress on hair are not to be understated, and are understood to be a contributing factor in multiple hair loss conditions, including Female Pattern Hair Loss, Telogen Effluvium and Alopecia Areata.
In fact so important is stress as a contributing factor to hair loss that doctors in India recently gathered online for a webinar to discuss something of an epidemic, which is especially prevalent among stressed-out young women.
According to the Bangalore Mirror, 1,000 trichologists from around the country came together to discuss the issue, which is estimated to affect around 20 per cent of Indian women before they are 30. The newspaper says that the trend is most apparent in women who work night shifts, and whose daily grind involves long commutes.
The Bangalore Mirror article states that psychological and social stress on Indian women is “immense” compared to men, and that body image dissatisfaction leads to lower quality of life. Hair loss plays a part of this, and the webinar attendees heard how women with even minimum levels of thinning often “panic and rush to a clinic.”
Diet deficiencies and mythical ‘cures’
Dr Anil Abraham, a Bangalore-based trichologist, told the newspaper: “In Bangalore we have seen a trend of Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D deficiency, which is increasingly causing hair fall.”
Lack of vitamins caused by a poor diet is certainly a known contributing factor in hair loss, and a number of products are available for people who don’t have the time, knowledge or patience to make sure that they get the necessary nutrients through their diets. Among the products is Hair Vitalics, specially designed to maintain and improve the health of hair.
As a result of the increased incidence of hair loss in India, the Bangalore Mirror article states that there has been a rise in the number of new hair loss treatment clinics across the country. However, Dr Venkatraman Mysore, a hair transplant specialist based in Bangalore, warns that anybody can claim to be a trichologist in India and open a clinic. Perhaps as a result, there are many ‘natural hair loss remedies‘ that are being touted – from chilies to argan oil – which may sometimes help hair health but simply do not work in combating hair loss conditions.
Treating hair loss in women
There is only one clinically-proven hair loss treatment for Female Pattern Hair Loss and that is minoxidil. This has also been seen to produce promising regrowth results when used for other conditions, including Chronic Telogen Effluvium.
Anyone women who notice they are shedding more hair than usual should visit an expert for a professional diagnosis of their condition, including assessing if a stressful lifestyle is indeed a factor. Hair loss specialists will be able to provide support in managing stress levels and give dietary and lifestyle guidance. Of course this is in addition to tackling hair loss and promoting regrowth by tailoring a personalised treatment plan suited to the client’s specific needs.
The Belgravia Centre
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.