When someone first realises they are suffering from hair loss, there are a number of ways he or she may react. Some will joke about it and embrace baldness, some will be be very practical and do lots of research on hair and some people will go into denial as a way of coping. Most people though will at some point consider using a hair loss product. In order to know which products work and which are a waste of time and money, here are the basic facts about hair loss and how to find the best treatment.
Which Type of Hair Loss Are You Experiencing?
There are a number of different types of hair loss and it is important to get an accurate diagnosis in order to treat the condition safely and effectively. A hair loss specialist will be able to do this and advise on treatment, if necessary. The main categories of hair loss are as follows:
Androgenetic Alopecia – often classified as Male Pattern Baldness or Female Pattern Hair Loss, this condition is caused by a genetic predisposition to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the hormone that causes hair follicles to shrivel which in turn slows hair growth and can make it cease altogether. Approximately 80% of men and 50% of women are affected at some point during their lives. While the condition becomes more common with age, it can affect people in their 20s and 30s or even younger. There are only two treatments that are proven to be effective at managing this type of hair loss.
Telogen Effluvium – occurs when hair prematurely enters the resting phase, resulting in an excessive shedding 3 months later. The triggers for this condition include factors such as severe stress, an illness, a reaction to medications, childbirth and rapid weight loss. In many cases the hair growth returns to normal after 6 – 12 months, however in some individuals the condition can trigger Androgenetic Alopecia.
Diffuse Thinning – caused by internal factors other than genetics, for example thyroid disorders, blood disorders and nutritional deficiencies. Stress can also be a contributing factor. Once the underlying cause is being managed, it is possible to treat the hair loss.
Alopecia Areata – sudden and patchy hair loss that is a result of an immune disorder. This condition can be temporary or it can progress to total loss of scalp and body hair. It is possible to treat mild and early stage Alopecia Areata.
Hair Loss Treatment
Once you have the condition diagnosed, it may be possible to prevent further shedding and restore lost hair with a tailored treatment programme. There are only two treatments that have shown sufficient evidence in clinical trials to be both safe and effective. As a result of these studies, Minoxidil (for men and women) and Propecia (for men only) have been licensed by the MHRA and FDA-approved for the treatment of hair loss. The MHRA and FDA are the medical regulatory bodies in the UK and USA respectively.
Minoxidil is a quick and easy-to-apply solution which is applied daily to the scalp wherever hair loss occurs. It targets the hair follicles, increasing localised blood flow to promote healthy regrowth. For information on high strength minoxidil and formulations with added ingredients to help inhibit DHT, please contact the centre.
Propecia is the single most effective treatment for hair loss in men. In clinical trials between 70 – 90% of men using Propecia experienced hair loss stabilisation and regrowth. When this is combined with a prescriptive Minoxidil formula, even the most stubborn male hair loss can be successfully treated.
To see how well these individualised treatment courses can work, take a look at the range of Hair Loss Success Stories.
The Belgravia Centre offers a free consultation with a hair loss specialist. To book an appointment, just call 020 7730 6666 or message the centre. If you are unable to visit the clinic, fill out the online diagnostic form and a treatment advisor will be in touch shortly.