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Hair Loss - BrushName: Renny

Question: Can thin hair be reversed to thick volume? I didn’t have thin hair in the past but lately I’ve experienced extreme thinning… I don’t know why but it got thin all of a sudden.

Answer: Hi, Renny. You would need to see a specialist for a precise diagnosis as to what is causing your hair loss given we cannot provide this based solely on the information you have provided.

Sudden hair thinning is often caused by a temporary condition known as Telogen Effluvium. This is more common in women than men but can affect both genders. It causes diffuse hair loss all over the scalp and tends to occur around three months after a sudden shock or extremely stressful incident. Causes can also include extreme weight loss, dietary deficiencies, an underlying illness, or it can be a side effect of some prescription medications.

The hair falls out when this event throws the hair growth cycle out, prematurely sending some follicles into the shedding and resting phase, temporarily. This causes a drop in overall hair density. Once the cycle resumes normal service, the hair tends to grow back of its own accord within six months from the initial trigger but telogen effluvium treatment is also available to help accelerate this process.

If the shedding is located solely around the top of your scalp and/or around the hairline, especially the temples, it is more likely to be androgenetic alopecia – more commonly known as male or female pattern hair loss. This is a permanent, genetic condition which you inherit from your parents and which causes gradual thinning though it is not uncommon for people to not notice the early signs of hair loss associated with this condition, so its onset can feel more ‘sudden’ than it actually was.

There are clinically-proven hair loss treatments available to stabilise the hair fall and promote regrowth in cases of pattern hair loss, so depending on your diagnosis, this may be an option for you. Once you have had a professional assess you and confirm the cause of your hairloss, the specialist will recommend a customised treatment course to help restore your hair density, based on their findings and your medical suitability.

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11th February, 2017 at 12:58 am

Janis Lovullo

I've been to five or six doctors they say I have chronic telogen effluvium,I had two major surgeries October 2015 one a neck lift and one foot surgery. When doctor wants to put me on Propecia, another wants to put me on Premarin and another one wants me to go to bioidentical replacementmy scalp burns and itches and then I noticed hair loss I don't notice any hair regrowth. Do you have anything that would help telogen effluvium.

11th February, 2017 at 1:27 pm


Thanks for the info...But I want to add that it might be sebum problem because I noticed greasy scalp...But hair ends are dry and almost losing natural black colour to grey...My hair sometime look fuller and sometime dull, particularly after night the hair becomes extremely thin in the morning...and evening times it remains fuller...Before I make it to the doctors..Could you suggest how to treat my hair to avoid further damage...

13th February, 2017 at 10:51 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Renny, we recommend you wash your hair with a gentle shampoo suitable for oily hair once every day and follow the advice provided above. A hair loss consultation and scalp assessment with a specialist will provide you with a diagnosis of your condition and treatment recommendations.

13th February, 2017 at 10:56 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Janis, you would need a consultation with a specialist in order to have a thorough scalp assessment before we could provide you with treatment recommendations. We do offer chronic telogen effluvium treatment courses, however, if your scalp is itching and burning there could be something else at play in addition to diffuse thinning as these are not symptoms associated with this temporary hair loss condition. If you are based in London you can visit one of our Central or City of London hair loss clinics for a one-to-one consultation or if you are based elsewhere in the UK or abroad you can complete an online consultation which allows you to upload photos. We hope this helps.

25th March, 2017 at 2:36 am


I have recently been diagnosed with a HYPOTHYROID. I am getting very thin hair on my right side ( front). Is there something I can do to slow down or stop this hair loss.

28th March, 2017 at 1:18 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Marilyn, we hope this response helps to answer your queries.

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