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Does Living in Dubai Cause Hair Loss?


Residents of Dubai are no strangers to the topic of hair loss. In fact, national UAE newspaper The National has previously reported on the high numbers of people suffering from hair loss in the country.

The article stated that over a third of Dubai’s population had suffered from hair loss, and now there are yet more reports that residents are experiencing hair loss. A clinic which recently opened in the city after treating residents abroad, has had an influx of over 8,000 new patients.

Many have debated the reasons for the high levels of hair loss in Dubai. Theories include:

The waterDubai and Hair Loss

The water in Dubai is particularly ‘hard’ with a very high number of PPM (particles per million). As a result its water is commonly cited as a potential cause for the incidence of hair loss in the city. Although it is possible that poor water could affect the skin and hair, there is no conclusive proof to support this theory.

Lack of vitamin DWomen Wearing Abayas Can Experience a Lack of Vitamin D Which May Cause Hair Loss

Scientists have found that there is a link between a lack of vitamin D and hair loss. Afrozul Haq, a clinical scientist at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in Abu Dhabi, found that women wearing abayas were not exposed to sunlight, leading to a fall in their vitamin D levels.

Heat and sun exposure

Sun and Heat Exposure May Cause Hair LossConversely, some have also blamed the hair loss on too much heat and sun exposure. Most people shed more hair during warmer weather and a study by the University Hospital of Zurich found that we lose least hair during the winter, so never experiencing colder temperatures may result in more hair fall.

Frequent exposure to heat and sun can also lead to hair damage, although it is unlikely to cause hair loss.

Other factors

It’s difficult to determine exactly what might be causing Dubai’s high levels of hair loss, or if indeed levels are higher than would be expected, as there are many different elements that can have an impact.

Belgravia Centre Online ConsultationAlthough the local environment could be to blame, worldwide, the most common cause of hair loss is genetics (known as Androgenetic Alopecia) with approximately 80% of men and 50% of women affected by hereditary hair loss at some point in their lifetimes.

If you are experiencing hair loss in Dubai or elsewhere, the best thing to do is to seek the advice of a hair loss specialist, who can help determine the true cause of your shedding and work with you to develop a personalised hair loss treatment plan. The Belgravia Centre offers an Online Consultation and home-use treatment service for men and women living in Dubai.

Belgravia Centre Hair Loss ClinicThe 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.

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