If you think about what you will look like in ten years time, what comes to mind? Maybe you’ll have a few more laughter lines, and perhaps you’ll be carrying a little extra weight around the middle portions.
But do you ever picture yourself without hair? Well, if you are a man, the fact remains that hair loss is nearly certainly on the cards. And don’t make the mistake of thinking that baldness only comes when you are old and retired. Oh no, sorry to break this to you but male pattern baldness actually starts for a third of men before the age of thirty. In total, approximately 80% of men have hair loss on the cards unless they take action to prevent it.
And for women? Well, genetic hair loss affects about 1 in 2 women however there are other types of hair loss that are females are particularly prone to such as Telogen Effluvium and Diffuse Thinning. The good news is that these non-genetic conditions can be prevented by following a few simple steps.
Ensure that you eat a diet rich in nutrients to help hair stay strong and healthy looking. Include protein, glucose, vitamins (particularly A, B and E) and iron. Be careful not to consume too much vitamin A or E as this can cause hair to fall out.
Antibiotics, thyroid medications and anti-coagulants, when taken over a long period, have all been shown to cause hair loss. If you are concerned about the condition of your hair as a result of taking medications, ask your doctor if there are any alternatives. Also, it’s worth having a consultation with a hair specialist at Belgravia (these are free) for advise on hair loss treatments that can help stabilise the hair loss and restore lost hair.
When you suffer from stress or illness, one of the first things that happens is that your hair fall out rate will increase. This is because the body considers hair production to be a non-essential function. When the stress is resolved, often the hair growth cycle rebalances although this can be 6 months or more after the event. In severe cases, hair loss treatments might help the hair return to normal.
Good Hair Care
Overstyling can severely weaken hair, causing dryness and breakage, and lead to a type of hair loss called Traction Alopecia. Avoid using too much heat (hairdryers/hair straighteners), wearing wigs and extensions, braiding, weaving and tight ponytails.
What to Do if Hair Loss is Genetic
For most men and a large number of women, following the guidance above will not be enough to prevent hair loss. The best way of preventing male pattern baldness or female pattern hair loss is to regularly check the state of your hair. Guys should look out for a receding hairline above the temples and hair loss from the crown area. Women should look out for a general thinning of their hair. Once any difference is noticed, book in to see a hair specialist who will diagnose the condition and advise on suitable hair loss treatments.
The Belgravia Centre has been helping men and women successfully manage hair loss for several years. We have a friendly team of experts who will talk you through what is happening and explain the treatment options that might be open to you. To book an appointment, just call 020 7730 6666 or message the centre. If you are unable to make it into the centre, you can fill out the online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will be in touch over the next few days to talk through your condition and how we can help.