Question: I am starting to get a bald patch about size of a 2 pound coin just at the side of my head just above my ear as I have shoulder length hair I can disguise it but for how long what if it spreads and the patch gets bigger . I do have very fine hair so have to wash every day is over washing causing this.
Answer: Hi, Michelle. From what you describe this patch of hair loss is highly unlikely to be related to how often you wash your hair.
The small, rounded balding area above your ear sounds like a classic symptom of the autoimmune condition Alopecia Areata. This is nothing to worry about and is the second most common cause of shedding in the world after male and female hair loss.
Sometimes it will spread with other patches appearing anywhere on the scalp, and/or the original patch may get bigger, however, it may equally stay in just that one area, as it is now. It is incredibly hard to predict as little is known about the condition other than that it occurs due to some of the follicles prematurely entering the resting phase of the hair growth cycle.
The affected follicles remain dormant until the body decides it is safe to resume normal hair production, upon which the hair starts to grow back naturally. Often this can be the result of sudden shock or trauma and when the initial regrowth comes through – which can take up to 12 months – it may be white or very pale in colour. Often this corrects itself within around three growth cycles.
Treatment for Alopecia Areata can be useful in accelerating this process. Belgravia clients who apply daily doses of high strength minoxidil directly to their scalp in the affected areas often see significant regrowth results. After assessing you, a hair loss specialist will be able to recommend the most suitable treatment plan, personalised to your specific needs.
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