Hair loss, especially sudden hair loss, can have a range of causes. The sooner you take action, the better chance you have of saving some hair from going down the drain. We take a look at hair loss, it's causes and cures.
Cause for Concern
The most common cause of hair loss in both men and women is androgenetic alopecia, a genetic condition passed down from either side of the family. It’s better known as female-pattern or male-pattern baldness.
In female-pattern baldness, the frontal hairline is preserved and the loss appears along a centre parting which appears to spread, beyond that there is usually general thinning rather than complete hair loss. Classic male-pattern baldness sees hair receding at the temples and then over the crown, which can lead to baldness over the front hairline before ultimately deteriorating to the horseshoe ring of hair behind the head joining the ears.
But there are plenty of other causes: medications; illnesses (diabetes or autoimmune conditions such as lupus for example); Thyroid problems or anemia can affect children and trigger some profound hair loss; Pregnancy; Surgery; High fever.
Telogen Effluvium is the name given to stress related hair loss, which could be triggered by a death in the family or even an emotional break-up. Typically this form recovers on its own within three to four months. Some, particularly women, can go on to develop a chronic condition that is treatable by a dermatologist.
Another common cause is hair fashion, styles that cause pulling on the hair (cornrows, extensions etc) can cause hair loss.
Because there are this range of triggers, many of which are nothing to do with getting older and everything to do with medical problems, it is important to be on the lookout for signs of hair loss and to pay a visit to your GP as a first step, early intervention is enormously beneficial.
Horses For Courses
Choosing the correct treatment for your own hair loss is on the one hand dictated by the cause and on the other by your own aspirations on how you want to appear to the world. Some embrace it, others simply throw on a hat or headscarf. Hair replacement systems are a great solution for those desperate to display a full head of hair, though of course come with a significant commitment in terms of long term price and restrictions on lifestyle. FUE transplants are the cutting edge of HT technology and capable of some superb outcomes, though they remain out of reach because of cost for many.
HIS Hair are now rolling out their groundbreaking SMP/FUE combination treatment, aimed at achieving the next step in SMP by adding texture to their traditional buzz cut look.
There are a limited range of approved medications available along with a range of herbal solutions. Minoxidil can be purchased over the counter. Depending on their diagnosis, many can decrease use over time after seeing hair growth. Results are usually seen within three months, full results take one year. Five percent dosages are recommended for men; 2 percent for women. However, at times a dermatologist will recommend the 5 percent dosage for women.
“Finasteride, also known as Propecia, comes in pill form and are the most effective treatment for male-pattern hair loss. It can halt hair loss for young men and in around 50% of cases new growth is seen... though this is around the back part of the scalp and does not help elsewhere. Unfortunately they are not approved for women, particularly of child-bearing age.
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