Research for hair loss treatments is ongoing, and new companies are sprouting up to take on the issue. Many of these companies are developing products and services that are still undergoing clinical trials, but for many the results have been promising.
Consult a hair transplant surgeon. The process of transplanting hair involves removing healthy hair follicles from areas on your scalp where your hair is thick, and transplanting those into areas where the hair is thinning, or where hair loss is most evident.
My friends always reassured me I had a good head of hair. Most of the GPs I saw reacted the same, despite my tears and protestations. I had no bald patches or visible gaps so they’d put it down to stress or would test my iron and thyroid levels, which appeared normal.
Every once in a while, hair loss is a symptom of something else that’s going on with your body. If your hair loss is sudden and excessive or simple solutions aren’t working, talk with your doctor about other possibilities, including:
Of course, the problem with the wise woman’s counsel is that I’ve previously read (and written) about how showering and shampooing too often is also not good for your dreads. Damned if you ‘poo, it seems, damned if you don’t.
Long, short, bouncy, sleek – for most women, hair is far more than a bundle of fibre. It’s an expression of style and personality. Research also suggests hair and self-image are closely intertwined. If an occasional bad hair day can make a girl feel low, hair loss can be a distressing sight to face every morning in the mirror.
That same ASPS presentation also found that a history of dandruff was also a contributing factor for hair loss. As we’ve reported before, there is sadly no cure for that embarrassing snowfall, but doctors often suggest a high-powered shampoo like Nizoral 1%, which kills yeast directly.
“Once that hair has stopped shedding, it does regrow, at a rate of about a centimeter a month,” said Dr. Senna, who suffered from the condition after each of her pregnancies. She shares photos of herself with patients, to show she can sympathize. In one, her entire frontal hairline clearly is growing back in. “If I’d used a treatment, I would have thought it was a miracle drug,” she said.
I’ve honestly never heard of someone having a transplant who is unwilling to go on finasteride. I would have thought that your transplant surgeon would have made it clear that you will have to go on finasteride prior to doing the transplant.
What to do: As with hair loss due to physical stress, this shedding will eventually abate. While it’s not known if reducing stress can help your hair, it can’t hurt either. Take steps to combat stress and anxiety, like getting more exercise, trying talk therapy, or getting more support if you need it.
Day to day stress doesn’t usually cause hair loss, but when something significantly stressful happens (like the death of a loved one) it can definitely cause hair loss, says Paradi Mirmirani, MD, a dermatologist with Kaiser Permanente. Stress that leads to loss of sleep or weight alteration could alter your cortisol to the point where it would also alter your normal hair cycle, she says.
Sudden hair loss is scientifically known as alopecia and refers to the condition where a person loses hair at a faster rate than normal. Typically, each hair follicle grows approximately ¼ of an inch per month, and continues growing for a maximum of six years. After this period, the hair falls out and is replaced by new growth. Under normal circumstances, an adult sheds 50 – 100 hairs a day. Alopecia occurs when this cycle is disrupted and the rate of hair loss exceeds that of re-growth.