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Our hair grows in various stages. This growth cycle consists of anagen (the growth phase), catagen (transition phase), telogen (resting phase). The cycle lasts for a few years for each hair strand. Hair loss is completely normal after the telogen phase, people lose around 50-100 hairs a day which will grow back when the cycle restarts.
If you’re experiencing hair loss that’s unusual, or you start noticing bald patches and clumps of hair falling out that are gradually exposing the scalp, you should contact our team. The causes of thinning hair can be varied and can appear on the crown or in the frontal area.
Male and female pattern hair loss (Androgenetic Alopecia) is the most common form of hair loss with more than half of all men experiencing it to some degree in their lifetime.
There are different causes of hair thinning and hair loss, these include:
For men, 25% start to lose hair by the time they are 30 years old. Thinning hair usually starts with either a receding hairline or thinning at the crown of the head. One of the causes of thinning hair is the high levels of DHT (the hormone that makes hair follicles shrink).
Women’s hair generally starts to thin in their 50s and 60s and the thinning occurs around the parting and gets wider. When the hair is pulled or tied back, you can see more of the scalp.
Perform a pull test, start with a small area of clean, dry hair and run your fingers through it, tugging gently once you get to the end of your hair strands. If more than two or three hairs are left in your hand, you’ll need a consultant to determine the cause of your thinning hair. No more than 10 hairs per 100 strands should be coming out.
Blood tests can also determine if there are any hormonal imbalances or nutritional deficiencies causing thinning hair.
Treatment for thinning hair will depend on the underlying cause. Genetics can influence whether an individual has hereditary hair loss. Unfortunately, this type of hair loss means hair won’t grow back on its own.
Stress-related hair loss is usually temporary and can grow back over time. It can be managed through relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, exercise, looking after your mental health and eating a balanced diet.
Hair thinning due to hormonal imbalances is temporary and it’s difficult to predict when the hair will start growing back. Telogen Effluvium is a type of hair loss caused by stress, dietary deficiencies, hormonal changes and medications.
Alopecia is a condition where hair is lost from some or various areas of the body. There are different types of alopecia and types of hair loss:
Drugs like Finasteride and Minoxidil are clinically proven to reverse the causes of thinning hair. However, these treatments only work for as long as they’re used.
To prevent hair from thinning as you age it’s important to have a proper hair care routine. Make sure you’re limiting heat damage, using hair tools and accessories wisely, use the correct products for your hair and you’re eating a good diet.
If you wash your hair too much, shampoo can strip the important oils away from the scalp and leave the hair dry. However, as long as you’re using suitable shampoos with natural ingredients, washing your hair is harmless.
There are no set rules, as long as you are using products that are nourishing and beneficial to the scalp and hair growth. People with a dry scalp often need less washing, once or twice a week will do.
Additionally, in order to preserve the scalp’s natural oils, it’s important to keep hair moisturised. Medical conditions such as eczema may get worse with frequent hair washing, therefore natural, non-irritating products should be used. Whereas those with oily hair or scalp may choose to shampoo every other day.
Whilst there are a number of medications and temporary solutions to reverse the causes of thinning hair, hair transplants are the only long-term solution. Hair transplants effectively reverse thinning hair, with fewer side effects compared to medication.
In the long run, hair transplants are also cost-effective as it’s a one-time procedure. With other forms of treatment, it’s a case of “trial and error” to find a good product. Therefore this can end up becoming quite costly as you make your way through more and more products.
Hair can naturally thin and fall out as we age and this type of hair loss can often be prevented. However, there are certain circumstances in which thinning hair cannot be prevented such as alopecia areata. Hair transplants are the most effective remedy for all types of thinning and hair loss.
Do you have more questions or are you suffering from hair loss issues ? Then feel free to to contact our friendly team that will answer all your queries.
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