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When Hair Gets Thinner Towards The Root, or ‘Exclamation Mark’ Hair

exclamation mark hair hair loss autoimmune disorderKnown in the industry as ‘exclamation mark hair,’ strands of hair that get thinner further towards the root can be a sign of various things and are often found at sites of hair loss on the scalp. They should be investigated based on the fact that normal hair should have a uniform thickness from start to finish.

Autoimmune Causes

The first condition that this type of hair might be indicative of is alopecia areata. This autoimmune disease results in patchy hair loss on the scalp, and happens when follicles prematurely and suddenly enter the telogen, or resting phase of their cycle on account of the body attacking its own anagen hair follicles. Belgravia have found that high strength minoxidil cream can be very effective at treating alopecia areata, providing that the condition has not become too widespread.

Another hair loss causing autoimmune disorder that exclamation mark hair can be a symptom of is Lupus, a rare chronic disease characterised by inflammation of organ systems, due to antibodies being produced against one’s own cells and tissues. Sadly, it is unlikely that a medical hair loss treatment will work for Lupus. Other autoimmune disorders (or disorders that scientists believe could have an autoimmune cause) for which this type of hair thinning can be a symptom are vitiligo and ulcerative colitis.

Other Possibilities

Some other causes of exclamation mark hair that are easier to address include allergies. Visiting your GP if you believe that you have undiagnosed allergies is always a good idea in order to establish the best cause of treatment. The hair loss should cease once the allergy is being treated, and hair regrowth should begin in the proceeding months.

The type of hair loss treatment available to you depends on what is causing your hair loss. In men 95%  of hair loss cases are due to male pattern balding, a genetic condition that needs addressing via a comprehensive treatment programme in order to prevent baldness. However, for women, it’s more likely that other factors such as hormonal imbalance, stress and illness are the causes.

If you’re noticing exclamation mark hair and hair loss, a hair loss specialist would be able to advise you on the best course of action. For men, a hair loss treatment plan containing minoxidil as well as the DHT blocker Propecia is known to be highly effective.

For women, minoxidil is the only suitable medication for treating hair loss that has been licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA. Minoxidil can often be used whilst the cause of the hair loss itself is being determined. Belgravia patients not only benefit from diagnosis, information and advice, the medical-based home use treatment plans also contain an array of treatment boosters, ensuring that hair is kept in the best condition possible whilst you undergo treatment.

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6th March, 2018 at 12:04 am


Could thinning strands towards to root also be a sign of diffuse thinning?

6th March, 2018 at 2:04 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Jax, diffuse thinning causes hairs to fall out from all over the scalp, it does not cause any changes to the actual shape of the hairs. We hope this helps.

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