There was outrage this week when a company began trying to sell wigs for babies online. Calling themselves ‘Baby Bangs!’ the company states on their website that they’ve created a patent pending hair and band accesory combination, enabling your baby to have a “beautifully realistic hair style in a snap!”.
Claiming to believe in “the beauty of childhood” the company seem to be targeting parents of baby girls who are born without much hair (a common occurrence). Rather than using real hair, as the more expensive adult wigs do, the ‘hair’ is Monofiber Kanekalon, which, the website claims, is “the most realistic man-made hair fibre available”.
However, parents and non-parents alike have spoken out against the wigs on social networking site Twitter, accusing the company of creating a problem where there is none and making a big deal out of baby girls having little or no scalp hair, and insinuating that this is an undesirable state of affairs.
Writing on website Jezebel, Callie Beusman argued that: “Babies all look the same; that’s kind of their thing. It’s not only unnecessary, but also pretty much insane, to start forcing cosmetic enhancements on a child too young to even have hair on her head.”
It’s perfectly normal for girls (and boys) to be born with very little hair, and for this hair to take quite some time to grow. All babies are different, and it can take several years for normal hair growth to establish itself; it’s also true that the hair a baby is born with often sheds completely, so there is no reason to worry if your baby appears to be experiencing hair loss.
As children grow older, it is possible that they may be affected by certain hair loss conditions. From short term issues like telogen effluvium brought on from stress or illness, to the auto-immune disease alopecia areata, patchy hair loss should always be investigated. If your child is struggling to cope with hair loss, the brilliant website alopecia world could help.
Hair Loss in Children
It’s unlikely that children under the age of eighteen will begin to experience genetic hair loss, but we do see cases at Belgravia where this is happening. Boys under the age of 18 cannot take Propecia, and this licensed treatment is also not available to girls or women at any age.
However, in some cases, teenage girls and boys under the age of 18 can use the only other hair loss treatment to be licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA: the medication minoxidil. This topical treatment works by stimulating new hair growth, and a hair loss specialist would be able to asses suitability for treatment on an individual basis.
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.