Question: Hey, my hair used to grow really fast last year and now all of a sudden it stopped growing fast I have been getting lack of sleep and I recently had a hair cut and so now I’m starting to come to conclusions that I have bad genetics and will bald real early and I don’t know if I had this receding hairline before the hair cut I rarely took pictures of me with my hairline revealed last time I took pictures with my hairline was 2016 but that’s two years ago and I’m pretty sure hair changes quickly throughout a whole year, if it’s lack of sleep that causes my hair not to grow back as fast as it used to please tell me so unless I really do have bad genetics that kicked in real fast in 2018 last year it wasn’t slow at all it was super fast like the other times. My hair is curly and thick and I heard if it’s thin then that’s a big sign you’re balding and I’m currently 16 turning 17 please help me understand what I need to do in order to get my hair back to growing fast because this isn’t normal for it to all of a sudden stop growing fast this year.
Answer: Hi, Kaden. You’re right that there are changes to the hair throughout the year – this is a phenomenon known as Seasonal Shedding. This happens to everyone, regardless of whether they have a hair loss condition or not, and causes periods of extra hair fall, but does not otherwise affect hair growth.
Hair grows an average of half an inch per month under normal circumstances.
Acute stress can sometimes affect the rate of hair growth temporarily and if you have been regularly missing out on a healthy amount of rest, this lack of sleep could be causing a strain on your body – a type of physical stress. There are also other lifestyle issues common among teenagers which can contribute to your system becoming stressed which you may not be aware of. These include a poor or unbalanced diet, smoking, and emotional stress.
Stress can also cause temporary hair loss from a condition called Telogen Effluvium. This takes around three months from being triggered to become noticeable and will generally clear up naturally within six months, though treatment is available for those wanting to help this process along.
You mention potentially having a receding hairline; changes to a man’s hairline during puberty are normal due to the hairline accommodating changes in face shape, such as the jaw becoming broader. This is more noticeable in some people than in others and is known as a maturing hairline which is not a sign of hair loss.
However, if the hair is not growing long over a significant period of time then the life-cycle of the hair must be – or have become – a lot shorter. This is the case with Male Pattern Baldness.
If you have the relevant genetic predisposition, this form of hereditary hairloss can start to present any time following puberty but it can also be treated topically from 16 years of age. There are two MHRA licensed and FDA approved male hair loss treatments available, and whilst the topical drug can be used in a variety of formulations from 16 years of age – once medical suitability has been determined – the oral medication, a DHT blocker, is only available to suitable men aged 18 years and older.
At Belgravia Male Pattern Baldness treatment courses tend to include appropriate clinically-proven drugs alongside non-pharmaceutical supporting products designed to enhance hair growth and scalp health. These include Hair Vitalics for Men, a premium one-a-day food supplement containing a unique blend of key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts, including selenium, zinc and biotin for healthy hair growth. Also home-use LLLT devices such as the HairMax LaserBands can provide a convenient way to stimulate the hair follicles to maximise your hair’s potential.
Firstly, before any treatment is considered, it is important to understand exactly why your hair is shedding. We recommend having a consultation with a hair loss specialist as your first step as you may find that there is nothing wrong other than the changing of the seasons! This can take place either in person at one of Belgravia’s City of London or Central London hair loss clinics, or if it is easier due to your location, you can have an online consultation using the form on our website. This allows you to upload photos and one of our experts will come back to you with a diagnosis and, where appropriate, personalised treatment recommendations.
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.