Hair loss is more dynamic than you might think. There’s no 100 percent guaranteed hair loss treatment because it is a condition that can be inherited, brought on by stress, the result of wearing tight ponytails or can be the side effect of another condition entirely. There is no singular cause for hair loss but if you know what type of hair loss you have, you just may be able to do something about it.
The First Step
You don’t just wake up one morning, look in the mirror and ask yourself ‘Where did all my hair go?’ Hair loss is usually a progressive condition which shows early symptoms just like any other. If your hair is not as thick as it once was or you suspect you’re losing a few extra hairs a day, test yourself for hair loss.
If you’re concerned about your hair loss progressing, you should look to professional advice and arrange a consultation with a hair loss specialist, familiar with the patterns of hair loss and all hair loss conditions. They can diagnose the condition and give you informed, medical advice on the course of action you should take.
Male hair loss
For the majority of men, androgenetic alopecia (known as male pattern baldness), is the cause of hair loss. It is a hereditary condition where the hair follicles shrink as a result of a genetic sensitivity to the male hormone DHT (dihydrotestosterone, a chemical offshoot of testosterone). The pattern of hair loss starts with a receding hair line, the appearance of a bald spot on the top, and as more and more of the hair follicles shrink, progresses to total baldness of the crown. For some reason the hair follicles on top of the scalp are the only ones susceptible to the adverse effects of DHT – not hairs around the sides and back.
A staggering 80 percent of men will be affected by male pattern hair loss but there is something you can do about it.
Propecia is a one-a-day tablet that blocks the formation of DHT in the scalp, inhibiting the progression of hair loss. Minoxidil is the only other proven product for hair loss and takes effect by increasing blood circulation to the hair follicles which increases nutrents delivered. And the LaserComb is the only proven device and works by energising the cells in the follicles causing increased cell division and therefore improved hair growth. They are the most effective treatments for male hair loss and are the only treatments recognised by scientific and medical bodies for this condition. They have each been subjected to years of clinical trials and studies to pass the FDA’s approval for safety and efficacy and have since helped thousands of men experiencing hair loss.
Hair loss is also common amongst women but is not understood as well as male hair loss. Up to 50 percent of women will experience some form of hair loss in their lifetimes but there is no official figures for hereditary female pattern hair loss (also called androgenetic alopecia). Women also produce testosterone so the mechanisms for female pattern hair loss are the same as in male pattern hair loss. However, whilst two-thirds of men are affected by the time they’re 50, most women won’t experience female pattern hair loss until they reach menopause.
Propecia is not licensed for women’s use but some studies have suggested that, when taken in conjunction with contraceptive pills, it can improve hair growth but unfortunately the product has not yet been licensed for women so there is not yet an accurate indication as to whether use of Propecia would be safe or effective for women.
However, women can still do something about their hair loss – minoxidil and the LaserComb are available to both men and women.
Male and Female Hair Loss Unrelated to Genetics
There are a few other hair loss conditions which affect both men and women, however they are more common in women whose hair loss appears to be much more multi-factorial. Most hair loss conditions that are unrelated to genetics are reversible.
Traction alopecia for instance is the result of excessive pulling on the hair. Wearing dreadlocks, tight braids or ponytails can damage the hair follicle and lead to bald patches where the tension is occurring. To prevent this type of hair loss you simply need to avoid the hairstyle which is causing such aggravation. If you already have bald patches, Belgravia’s hair specialists are able to advise on treatment as well as educate you on how to care for your hair.
Alopecia areata is a bit trickier. Sudden, patchy bald spots on the scalp can cause a lot of stress but they could also be the result of stress – physical or emotional. It may seem like a vicious cycle right but something can be done. Consult a professional to discuss your concerns to try and pin-point the possible cause. Management of the casual factor is the key to treating alopecia areata. In most cases hair will grow back sporadically by itself without treatment but if after six months there has been no regrowth, consult a hair loss specialist.
Diffuse thinning and telogen effluvium are relatively common forms of female hair loss that involve increased shedding all over the scalp and can be the result of a multitude of factors. Sufferers should check their diet for adequate intake of nutrients and investigate the possibility of thyroid, haemoglobin and hormonal problems, but it could also be due to a one-off stressor such as child birth, a death in the family or surgery. If the stress was a rare occurrence the condition should correct itself. In any case a trichological diagnosis is recommended and hair loss treatments can help to minimise the damage whilst the body is dealing with the crisis.
The Belgravia Centre has been treating the above forms of hair loss for many years with a combination of FDA-approved hair loss treatments and specially formulated booster treatments. The results have proved each combination of treatment is effective in treating hair loss – see the results for yourself.
If you would like free advice and an individual diagnosis from a trichologist, call the centre on 020 7730 6666 or send an email. Alternatively, fill in an online diagnostic form to receive professional advice and treatment in your own home.
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