hair loss questions Q.        My Dad and Grandad were bald by the age of 50.  Will I be too?

Not necessarily but androgenic alopecia or male/female pattern baldness is based on a combination of both parent’s genes so it is more likely that you’ll have the condition if it runs in the family.

Q.        What is alopecia?

Alopecia is a general term for hair loss. It comes in many forms such as androgenic alopecia (hereditary hair loss), alopecia areata (an autoimmune condition that affects all ages) and even traction alopecia (where extensions or pulling at the hair causes damage)

Q.        Is there a cure for alopecia?

There isn’t a cure but there are a range of treatments which can slow down the hair loss or disguise it.

Q.        Can stress cause hair loss?

Yes. Stress can cause hair loss in a number of ways from trichotillomania to telogen effluvium.  If you think that stress might be causing hair loss then we’d recommend speaking to your GP or a professional clinic.

Q.        Isn't Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) just a tattoo?

No SMP is a highly skilled process that creates the look of real hair. Technicians are trained solely in the techniques to create a realistic look based on the individual’s characteristics.  You can’t get an SMP look at a tattoo parlour.

Q.        Is it true that the medications for hair loss have side effects?

Any medication has the potential to cause side effects. There is some evidence, for example that finasteride is linked to impotence.  It’s important that you seek professional advice before taking any medication.

Q.        Are natural hair loss remedies any good?

Whilst most natural remedies probably won’t do any harm the reality is that to deal with hair loss you should really be looking for clinically proven solutions. Time wasted on a natural remedy that doesn’t work could have been time spent stopping irreplaceable hair from falling out.

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