With so many possible factors affecting the health of our hair, it can be hard to isolate the problem when we have one. Early intervention through expert help for hair loss is absolutely key, but who should you turn to?
The key message when it comes to hair loss, any form of hair loss, is that early intervention is essential. Getting expert help for hair loss will help identify and appropriately treat the condition quickly. Returning you to your original state as soon as possible.
Our hair is a remarkable bell-weather for our wider health. It is affected by just about anything you can think of. Lifestyle and diet play a major part of course, but also our environment, levels of stress, and whether or not we smoke, Accidents, illnesses, and the medications to treat them, along with traumatic events, can all trigger bouts of hair loss. Above all of these, however, and responsible for the vast majority of all hair loss, are our genes. That preordained fate we inherit from both our parents, forget anything you might have been told about inheriting hair from one parent or the other.
Types Of Hair Loss
This inherited, and by far the most common, reason for hair loss will affect 50% of all people in their lifetime. For men, that 50% will be reached by the age of 50, while women will take till 65.
Men will lose hair in a predictable path, initially, from the temples and crown, followed by further recession, that might take months or years and will see some ending up with just a thin strip connecting the ears around the back of the head.
Women can expect their hair to thin generally on the top of the head, though the hairline itself usually remains intact.
This autoimmune condition sees, in its early stages, small disc-shaped patches appear on the scalp. In a few cases, it can go on to become Alopecia Totalis or Universalis, where all hair is lost from the scalp or even the entire body. Follicles are not destroyed by the condition and there is always hope for regrowth.
This is an unpleasant range of conditions with a slightly misleading name. The scarring occurs under the skin, so invisible to the onlooker, and sees the follicle destroyed, replaced with scar tissue below the surface. It may or may not be accompanied by pain, burning, and itching.
This is a catch-all name for a range of conditions. At any time, around 10% of our hair follicles are in the ‘rest’ phase, called Telogen. A number of triggers can see this proportion rise to 30% or above. These triggers include a number of everyday events like childbirth, trauma, illness, bereavement, sudden weight-loss, medication, and hormonal changes. In about one case in three, it is impossible to isolate the trigger. Hair will normally regrow once the trigger is removed, though plenty can be done to help with that recovery.
The importance of early intervention, for anyone using the NHS, can be frustrating. Access to dermatologists invariably involves a long wait, due to their priorities understandably lying elsewhere. Current targets mean it is all they can do to see all possible skin cancer cases in time.
While some GP’s will refer patients to a trichologist, a referral is not needed. If you are not familiar with the work of dermatologists they are experts on scalp and hair. In the same way that chiropodists are experts on feet. While you might ask your GP about your corns, you would probably be better heading straight to the chiropodist.
A fully qualified trichologist is able to identify your problem and guide you to the appropriate treatment. During your consultation, a holistic view of your wider health is taken. Any medications you are using are considered, any blood test results looked at, along with any other products you are using. Diet and lifestyle are also discussed. The aim is always to return you to your best condition in the shortest time possible.
Ranbir Rai – Watson
Ranbir has been working in the hair loss industry and providing that expert help for hair loss for nearly two decades. In that time, she has established herself as a thought-leader and innovator. Ranbir actually co-invented the technique of scalp micropigmentation (SMP). SMP, in fifteen short years, has become a popular treatment from its home in Birmingham, England to the USA and Australia. A google search for scalp micropigmentation now returns over a million pages, a testament to Ranbir’s insight and determination.
Hair loss in women has always been a passion for Ranbir, one she recognised as under-served and under-discussed. You can read more about Ranbir here.
Ranbir went through her own hair loss experience some years ago. She used all her experience of dealing with hair loss sufferers to research and identify her problem and its solution. Successful in treating herself she was inspired to become a fully qualified Trichologist and is today a highly-respected full member of The Institute of Trichologists. Visit their website here.
Hair Loss For Women
Hair loss for women has been a subdued issue for countless generations. Recently, there have been encouraging signs that the social media generation are having that discussion. With the result that an older generation of celebrity women are beginning to appear in mainstream media discussing their own hair loss issues.
The flip side of that increased conversation on social media is the amount of information available to answer questions. Not that there is not good advice out there, but it is swamped by the snake oil miracle cures and even misleading adverts on otherwise legitimate sites.
A Trichologist can steer you through that maze and take you to the bespoke treatments needed to get you back to your best. As quickly as possible. It is worth repeating that early intervention is important, vital in some conditions. If you are experiencing hair loss, do not delay, book yourself in to see a trichologist at the earliest opportunity.