Hair health – Common causes of hair loss
Hair loss is common, yet it’s quite an emotional and sometimes embarrassing topic for many people – both Men and Women.
Hair loss is very close to my heart as I have suffered hair loss and know how stressful it can be. It’s not a frivolous topic if you are suffering from it, but many do suffer in silence as it’s not life threatening.
So what critical factors cause common hair loss?
- Poor diet
- Poor health
- Male pattern baldness
Each year your hair goes through different cycles – Rest, Shed and Growth. Everyone experiences this and it’s totally normal.
If you notice more hair in the bathroom plug than normal, generally it’s just going through the shedding phase and is just making way for new hair growth. Should this phase last longer than 3 months then it may be something that needs to be looked at further.
The most common form of hair loss is shedding over a prolonged period of time to the point where it gradually becomes noticeably thinner.
The first thing to do is to look at what has changed in your routine, if there is nothing that you can think of you may want to get medical advice before embarking on any radical and expensive remedies. Generally, the easiest thing you can change is your shampoo.
All hair loss replacement shampoos target the same issue and that’s the DHT hormone, this sneaky hormone essentially blocks the follicle and can make it lay dormant.
Hair loss replacement shampoos work by removing DHT and then with the assistance of caffeine or another stimulant increase blood circulation around the follicle to wake it up and encourage hair growth.
The follicle can lay dormant for up to 18 months before it dies. This is a perfectly normal cycle, as we age some of our follicles die off and then genetics take over to determine how little or how much hair we will lose.
Sometimes by simply switching your shampoo you can kick start hair growth if you catch it within the 18 month cycle. Scalp health also plays a part in hair loss, healthy scalp = healthy hair!
The only time hair loss replacement shampoos won’t work is with Alopecia. If you have patches of hair loss where it exposes the scalp, seek medical advice. Dermatologists and Trichologists are both specialists in this field. I’d recommend visiting your GP for a referral.
Some medications can also generate hair loss. Subject to the medication you’re taking you could experience light or heavy hair loss. It’s important to read the fine print of your medication to determine if this could be the cause of your hair loss. Hair loss replacement shampoos can assist in this situation but will not be 100% successful.
During pregnancy many women experience fuller, shinier and faster growing hair. This is where the term “blooming” comes from and is largely due to the large hormonal shift.
What goes up though must unfortunately come back down, and generally after birth some women may experience significant hair loss. This can understandably be daunting and confronting particularly when the possibility of this occurring has not been explained to you by your medical team.
However, the good news is that this is temporary, it’s just your body readjusting itself and your hair will return. The even better news is that this type of hair loss responds really well to hair loss shampoos and can speed up the recovery time. I strongly recommend that you only start this course of treatment if you are not breastfeeding and seek medical advice before doing so.
Menopause is another cause of hair loss for some women. The loss may not be as dramatic as during a pregnancy but can be more permanent, leaving the hair thinner than what it once was. Starting to treat it with hair loss replacement shampoos sooner rather than later can be beneficial with generating new growth.
I have seen many clients spend a lot of money in specialist clinics trying to address male pattern baldness which is genetic. Hair loss replacement shampoos can slow down hair loss but unfortunately, they are still yet to stop it.
Before going down the expensive path of the specialist clinics, my advice is to visit your GP and ask for a referral to a dermatologist as they can prescribe similar treatments and are likely to be more affordable.
Regardless of how large or small, if you have any hair loss concerns we encourage you to seek medical advice first and then speak to your Stylist about the available options.