The latest fashion statement is thinning hair, or so it seems. In today’s society, it’s a common style that a lot of people wear – whether they want to or not. But excessive shedding and hair loss isn’t something that young people should have to deal with.
The stressful lifestyles people of today lead are contributing to an increasing number of younger people experiencing hair loss. Even women’s hair loss is a concerning matter, however whilst some young men and women may be predisposed to hereditary hair loss, the majority of youths are suffering temporary forms of hair loss. The problem is they don’t know what’s causing their hair to thin or fall out, or what to do about it.
The most common form of temporary hair loss is a condition called telogen effluvium. It’s characterised by a general thinning of the hair over a period of months and is usually brought about by recent trauma or stressful events.
Telogen effluvium occurs when one or more factors, such as childbirth, extreme diets, huge workloads and severe illness, interfere with the normal hair growth cycle and manifests when large numbers of hairs are prematurely pushed from the growth (anagen) phase into the resting (telogen) phase where they stay there for about three months before they shed.
Telogen effluvium seems to affect more women than men, perhaps because some of the causal events, such as childbirth, are commonly experienced by women. But the condition is essentially temporary and often your hair will grow back a few months after the event. However in some instances, the hair loss will continue if the underlying cause isn’t resolved.
Most men will simply shave their hair in a short style to avoid the stigma associated with uncontrollable loss of hair. They think that by shaving their hair before it falls out, they maintain some form of control. A lot of women on the other hand will look to hair volumizing products or hair extensions rather than seek ways to actually regain their original lustre.
Even though you’re not the only one to be flaunting one of the most common looks these days, thinning hair and hair loss isn’t something anyone expects you to “just deal with”. If you’re experiencing any of the aforementioned signs or symptoms, you should consult a hair loss specialist. A simple diagnosis of telogen effluvium involves assessing the type of hair loss suffered (that is, rapid thinning throughout the scalp rather than a localised loss of hair), reviewing life events over the past six months or so (to identify the triggering event) and ruling out the possibility of genetic hair loss conditions such as male pattern baldness and female pattern hair loss.
Hair loss specialists are familiar with all types of conditions concerning the hair and scalp, including their triggering factors. They will be able to guide you on how to address the underlying cause (for instance, it may be an ingredient in your medication and you may be advised to consult your doctor for an alternative) as well as deal with your hair loss and prevent further shedding.
You may be prescribed with hair growth stimulants such as minoxidil which will help to accelerate the re-growth process. It is a dose dependent treatment that requires individually recommended administration, or you may need Propecia to prevent further hair loss. Additionally, hair growth boosters are beneficial for telogen effluvium sufferers to help augment the effectiveness of the advised treatment by supporting their function and delivering nutrients to the hair follicles for optimum growth.
Your hair says a lot about your health so if you’re not one for fashion trends, contact the Belgravia Centre for more advice about your hair loss condition. Not even old people put up with thinning hair these days, so call 020 7730 6666 to speak to a hair loss specialist and find out what the old folks’ secret is.