Question: Hello, I’m Pireh. I’m 18 and I experienced severe hair loss in the age of 16. That’s why I got some bald patches and very thin hair. I got very healthy and thick hair before. It was really very thick. Then I began straightening my hair on a daily basis and, being immature, I started unhealthy dieting. After unhealthy diet i got severe hair loss and now my hair got really thin. Tell me the solution please. Can I grow my hair back? Can I grow hair back on the bald spots too? Please reply?
Answer: Hi, Pireh. We cannot give you a true diagnosis of your hair loss condition from the information you give here, we would need to examine you. However, the following advice and information may be helpful in the meantime.
With regards the ‘bald patches’ you mention, patchy hairloss is often caused by the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata. This displays as sudden hair fall that leaves behind smooth, rounded bald spots anywhere on the scalp. It is often temporary and can clear up of its own accord within months in some cases, whilst in others it can be more stubborn, requiring treatment to help accelerate hair growth. Once the hair has fallen out, even if it regrows – either naturally or with the help of a treatment, such as high strength minoxidil – due to the nature of the disorder, the hair may fall out again at a later date. Whether or not this will happen cannot be predicted.
You mention that around the time you started experiencing bald patches you also noticed ‘very thin hair’. Alopecia Areata does not cause hair thinning so it could be that the shock of developing these bald spots or any other stress you were under at the time – or around three months prior to this – caused a separate hair loss condition.
Depending on the area of the head presenting with thinning hair this would often be diagnosed as one of three different conditions: telogen effluvium, chronic telogen effluvium or female pattern hair loss. As you were just 16 years of age at the time, whilst not impossible if you have a genetic predisposition towards hereditary hair loss, it is unlikely to be the latter condition, which affects the top of the scalp and hairline only.
What may be more probable is a temporary condition called Telogen Effluvium. This can be triggered by a number of issues including stress, an underlying illness, or an unbalanced diet – something you mention later in your message. This can cause thinning hair all over the scalp but tends to last for up to six months. Should it last longer than this it may have become chronic. These types of diffuse thinning are more common in women as they can also be influenced by hormonal changes. Quick, drastic weight loss can also spark this particular condition and has also been linked to Alopecia Areata.
As far as regularly using hair straighteners, this can weaken the hair due to the high temperatures involved. These can lead to hair breakage which makes the hair appear thinner as it snaps in two along the shaft. In some severe cases it can even cause Traction Alopecia whereby the hairline may also recede, especially if tight hairstyles are involved too.
So, as you can see, it is important to have a hair loss specialist assess you in order to determine the precise condition, or concurrent conditions, you are experiencing. All the conditions mentioned above have treatment options available that Belgravia has seen significant regrowth results from with many other clients. We would also recommend you address any potential underlying issues such as stopping heat styling whilst your hair recovers and getting your diet back on track. Once you have a confirmed diagnosis, your specialist can recommend a bespoke hair loss treatment course featuring products – both medication and additional boosters – tailored to your exact requirements in order to prevent further shedding and promote hair growth.
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.