Question: I have so much hair loss I can see my scalp and it’s really worrying for me. I thought it was a little thinner than normal at the end of last year but recently it’s been falling out really quickly and I’m too embarrassed to see the doctor so can you tell me what is wrong and how I can get my hair back? I used to have lovely hair but now it’s really thin and limp as well as falling out and it’s making me so upset.
Answer: Hi, Jessica. There are many factors involved in women’s hair loss; in addition to being caused by genetics, it is also possible for hormones, diet and lifestyle factors to come into play.
Whist we highly recommend you do this, for now here is some information about the most likely causes of hair loss in the manner you describe.
Based on the fact you noticed your hair becoming thinner before the rapid shedding started, it may be the case that you have Female Pattern Hair Loss. Although it is a permanent, inherited condition, it is extremely common and nothing to worry about.
All this means is that the hair follicles located across the top of the scalp, from the hairline and temple areas to the crown (the ‘vertex’) are sensitive to a hormone known as dihydrotestosterone (DHT) due to an underlying genetic predisposition.
DHT binds to these follicles, causing them to gradually weaken over time, giving the outward appearance of increasingly thinning hair and hair fall.
One of the key signs of hair loss in this instance is the parting starting to look wider than normal, as well as there being a general drop in the hair’s volume.
Although this condition is genetic, there are many exacerbating factors that can worsen existing cases of Female Pattern Hair Loss, including emotional or physical stress.
Additionally, should you encounter triggers such as severe levels of stress, or underlying health issues, from illnesses to nutritional deficiencies, it is possible for a temporary hair loss condition to occur simultaneously alongside the permanent one.
Telogen Effluvium hairloss is set off approximately three months before shedding becomes apparent when these types of problems disrupt the hair growth cycle. It affects the entire scalp and can cause up to 30 per cent of hairs to shed – which can, of course, be alarming and upsetting for those experiencing it.
However, if you already have Female Pattern Hair Loss, a tailored hair loss treatment course can treat both issues at once. This generally involves the use of high strength minoxidil in suitable formulations.
This is a topical medication that is MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved for promoting hair regrowth in cases of genetic hair loss and can be used with additional non-pharmaceutical hair growth supporting products.
These include medical-grade laser therapy devices, such as the FDA-cleared HairMax LaserBand, which uses light to stimulate hair growth and stronger hair, and Hair Vitalics for Women, a highly-targeted food supplement developed by Belgravia hair experts. Key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts, including zinc, biotin and selenium, have been optimally blended into a one-a-day tablet form; they are not intended to replace a balanced diet but rather to support the maintenance of normal healthy hair growth.
As before, we recommend seeing a hair loss specialist for a consultation but, beforehand, it is worth thinking back to around three months before your more intense shedding started to see if you can identify any potential stressors. Additionally it is worthwhile having a blood test to check your iron and zinc levels in particular as deficiencies are a common cause of Telogen Effluvium and low levels have been associated with Female Pattern Hair Loss, too.
The first step is to get a professional diagnosis of your condition(s) so you can be recommended the most suitable treatment course based on this, as well as your age and medical profile.
We understand the apprehension but having a hair loss consultation is nothing to be worried about; at Belgravia empathetic, reassuring specialists deal with these types of issues all day, every day and understand just how emotional it can be for patients. Sometimes even just getting a specialists’ opinion can be a huge relief and make you feel less worried and upset and you are also welcome to bring a friend or family member with you to the clinic for support.
However, if you are really apprehensive about visiting a hair loss clinic and would prefer not to speak to someone in person, there is always the option of having an online consultation, which allows you to upload photos to help with your diagnosis.
The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. 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 world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.