Hair loss is a bit like driving a car; if you park in a loading zone you’re likely to get a ticket. You’ll probably be quite annoyed too, but once you pay it, it’s gone and lesson learned. Hair loss is sometimes self-inflicted and while it can be devastating at the time, it can be reversed once you know the cause and what to do about it. Other times hair loss is out of our hands. Likewise, you could have left your parked car between a pair of brand new Audis only to come back and find a great big scratch on yours.
Technically, permanent hair loss – equivalent to a write-off – occurs once the follicles are scarred or have become dormant. This can happen through prolonged self-inflicted damage such as constantly wearing cornrows, through an accident such as a burn or cosmetic procedure gone wrong, or simply by not doing anything to prevent genetically susceptible follicles dying.
You’re going to do some damage if you always drag at the lights, do burn-outs or drive in the wrong gear, and when it comes to your hair, some styling habits can leave your scalp with obvious signs wear and tear – literally. Chemical treatments can lead to thinning hair through breakage and after prolonged periods, braiding and ponytails can pull the hair from the root, leaving bald patches. Lay off the styling if this happens. You may not have done any permanent damage but if your hair hasn’t grown back within a few months, contact a hair loss specialist.
There are many medical causes for hair loss, such as stress, hormonal imbalance, certain diseases, menopause, child birth and poor nutrition. Some are inevitable, but others can be avoided. If you changed your diet a few months ago or had been prescribed a new medication, address your eating habits and talk to your doctor about an alternative prescription. If the cause is addressed in time, hair loss should not be permanent. However, you can’t avoid menopause or the stress that comes with a death in the family, just like you can’t avoid the odd cheapskate mechanic. But unless these factors trigger female pattern hair loss (or the mechanic drops a cigarette in your engine), there shouldn’t be any permanent damage and hair growth should return to normal within a few months.
Some consider androgenetic alopecia, or female and male pattern baldness, as permanent hair loss. It is in the way that no righted habit or lifestyle adjustment can improve the situation, but it can still be controlled with clinically proven hair loss treatments. Sometimes though, like reading a map it’s not always easy to determine which road your on – even if the signs are there. You may have thought that hair loss due to stress after losing your job would correct itself in time, but what you may not know is that diffuse thinning or telogen effluvium are often triggers genetic hair loss. If left untreated, the hair follicles will slowly become smaller and smaller until they eventually die and hair loss is permanent.
If you’re like Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto in The Fast and the Furious and aren’t bothered by permanent hair loss (or writing off a number of cars), treatment clearly isn’t necessary. But if you do want to know what’s really going on and what you can do about it, go to the best to get respectable advice right from the start.
You can call the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666 to book a free consultation or send an email for more information. Alternatively, you could take advantage of the online diagnostic form to get expert advice and access to treatment from anywhere in the world.