Can Hair Loss on The Top of the Head Be Treated or Reversed?'

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Question: I am a black male who used to have corn rows and a healthy head of hair for 10 years after years of corn rows I decided to have a new look and shaved of all my hair that when I noticed the baldness on top of my head can you recommend anything I can do or buy to reverse the baldness.

Answer: Hi, Carl. First we would need to establish the precise cause - or causes - of your hair loss.

Whilst it does sound as if the most likely reason for losing your hair along the top of your scalp is Male Pattern Hair Loss, it is important to also check for any damage the years of cornrows may have done. This is because tight hairstyles, especially in afro hair due to its naturally more brittle texture, can damage the hair follicles. The hair loss condition this causes is called Traction Alopecia and in some cases it may only become apparent once the braids have been removed.

Many men tell us that they first noticed signs of hair loss - usually, but not always, from androgenetic alopecia - after they shaved their head.

It is possible for both Male Pattern Hair Loss and Traction Alopecia to be present simultaneously. This is why it is crucial to know precisely what you're dealing with before starting treatment. There are effective hair loss treatment options for both conditions provided the follicles are in an active state. Traction alopecia may cause some follicles to become permanently damaged and, as is also the case with total baldness from MPB, in these instances treatment will not be possible.

Whilst Traction Alopecia is generally a temporary hair loss condition, Male Pattern Baldness is a permanent one, though both are often reversible. Whilst there is no cure, it can be effectively managed using clinically-proven male hair loss treatment to regrow lost hair and, moving forward, to prevent baldness.

A Belgravia specialist can diagnose the relevant hair loss condition (s) and tailor a bespoke course accordingly, to prevent further hair fall and promote healthy new hair growth.

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