Talking about hair thinning loss with a client can be a challenging conversation. But if you notice a client has early signs of thinning or if they mention a concern, it’s important to be able to speak confidently and provide preventative solutions.
Dr. Vera H. Price, a researcher who examined hair loss and treatments for the two most common types of hair loss — androgenetic alopecia and alopecia areata, warns that women who choose to use oral contraceptives to treat hair loss should take care to select one with little or no androgenic activity, such as norgestimate or ethynodiol diacetate. She also warns that women with androgenetic alopecia should not use testosterone or androgen precursors such as DHEA.
Although not as powerful as finasteride and minoxidil, it’s an excellent addition to your anti hair loss arsenal. To win this ‘war,’ you need every weapon you can get your hands on. Particularly one that’s relatively safe to use.
Hereditary pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia — In men, hair loss may follow the typical male pattern (receding front hairline and/or thinning hair at the top of the head). This is the most common type of hair loss, and it can begin at any time in a man’s life, even during his teen years. It usually is caused by the interaction of three factors: an inherited tendency toward baldness, male hormones and increasing age. Many women will develop some degree of female-pattern baldness. In women, thinning occurs over the entire top or crown of the scalp, sparing the front of the scalp.
Hi Carol, losing hair from the top of your head only over a gradual period of time does suggest a diagnosis of androgenetic alopecia (more commonly referred to as male and female pattern baldness). There are treatments available for this and you can find out more about those on our hair loss treatments page. If you would like personalised recommendations, we would advise getting a consultation with one of our specialists. These are free of charge and can take place at one of Belgravia’s City of London or Central London hair loss clinics, or online via the consultation form on our website if that is more convenient.
Sonic hedgehog can convert resting hair into growing hair, Cotsarelis says. We really don’t know it’s full role, but if it controls follicle size and growth, it could be something a treatment might be based around.
Stress can cause short-term hair loss such as alopecia areata, which causes discreet spots of hair loss, says Jeffrey Benabio, M.D., F.A.A.D., director of healthcare transformation at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego. When overly stressed, the body’s immune system can attack the hair follicles—but hair may return soon after the stress becomes under control, according to the Mayo Clinic.
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Aloe vera contains enzymes that directly promote healthy hair growth. Regular use can also relieve scalp itching, reduce scalp redness and inflammation, add strength and luster to hair, and alleviate dandruff. Both aloe vera gel and juice will work.
It has a genetic component, and it’s inherited by around 25 percent of women, Nettles says. While this can affect men and women, it affects both sexes differently. In women, hair loss is generally diffuse — instead of developing a bald spot or a receding hairline like men tend to do, women instead experience a gradual, all-over thinning.
When considering hair loss treatment for men the first stage in determining the optimal hair loss treatment option is the consultation process with one of our qualified doctors. Depending on the outcome of this meeting, there are three possible courses of treatment for men suffering from hair loss. In summary, the stages are:
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Let’s face it: women take pride in their hair. They clean it, color it, cut it, style it, wear it up, down and off to the side. While it may look good now, women should consider the potential damage they’re doing to their hair. In addition to brushing, blow-drying and styling, women also use a variety of aerosol sprays, styling gels, chemical straighteners and dyes that not only damage the hair follicles, but also cause irritation of the scalp. If you’re experiencing hair loss as result of extreme hair care, your first order of business is to ditch the products that are damaging your hair. If hair growth is not restored within a few months, treatment may be necessary.
One method of hiding hair loss is the comb over, which involves restyling the remaining hair to cover the balding area. It is usually a temporary solution, useful only while the area of hair loss is small. As the hair loss increases, a comb over becomes less effective.
Hair loss can occur after a significant physiological strain, such as a prolonged illness or crash dieting, which may leave you deficient in iron, B12, or protein—all vital to healthy hair growth. An emotionally trying event, like a divorce, can also lead to allover thinning three to four months later, when the hairs that were forming under the scalp at the time finally make (or don’t make) their appearance. Usually the hair will grow back in a few months. If a nutrient deficiency is the cause, your doctor can help you supplement your diet.
There are many different types of hair loss. Some, like genetic andogenetic alopecia (female pattern hair loss) are irreversible and out of your control—you get the hand you’re dealt. But others, like the very common telogen effluvium, which is temporarily increased shedding caused by a wide variety of health and hormonal changes, can be fixed. With telogen effluvium hair loss, you need to think back to four or so months before to determine the culprit, Bethanee Schlosser, M.D., assistant professor of dermatology and director of the Women’s Skin Health Program for Northwestern Medicine, tells SELF. Shedding peaks about four months after the incident that caused it, she explains. Other types of hair loss may happen progressively over some time and depending on whether they damage the hair follicle, can be either permanent or fleeting.
Male hair loss (also known as male pattern baldness or ‘androgenic alopecia’) is usually genetic, although it can also be caused by extreme stress, illness, side effects to medical treatment, a major life event, skin disorders or hormone imbalance. The hormone testosterone is converted into DHT, which causes hair follicles to shrink. Hair production subsequently slows down or even stops altogether.
Hi Sanchit, hair oils and a good diet – with a food supplement to help you top up if you like – can help the condition of your hair, but they cannot treat a hair loss condition, such as male pattern baldness. There are clinically-proven medications for male hair loss available although the oral DHT blocker (finasteride) cannot be taken by men under the age of 18. You can find out more on our hair loss treatments page.
Stress occurs when forces from the outside world impinge on the individual. Stress is a normal part of life. However, over-stress, can be harmful. There is now speculation, as well as some evidence, that points to the abnormal stress responses as being involved in causing various diseases or conditions.