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Recently I have started to notice that my once overly thick hair, which was both my prized possession and the bane of my life, has started dramatically thinning
‘There are many treatments and products out there to thicken, boost, regrow, volumise, strengthen and so on, to help sufferers find their hair loss remedy’

Although in some cases equally traumatising, it is generally accepted that men lose their hair as they grow older. When Prince William hit the headlines for his apparent decision to do nothing about his rapid hair loss but let it take its course, were we really that surprised? But for women, whose sexuality and beauty is subconsciously linked directly to their hair, losing those luscious locks can be a catastrophic and painfully emotional experience. However daunting this may be, an estimated eight million women suffer from hair loss in the UK.

Telogen Effluvium is one of the main types of hair loss and usually occurs a few months after a shock to the system such as extreme stress, childbirth, illness, sudden weight loss or as a reaction to medication. The condition causes an interruption in the life cycle of hair: more hair than usual falls out, creating a generalised thinning, rather than patches of hair loss. The good news is that in most cases this type of hair loss is only temporary, and within a few months, once the stressful event has passed, a normal pattern and thickness will return to the hair.

Androgenetic Alopecia is a common form of hair loss in both men and women. In men, this is also known as male-pattern baldness which begins above the temples and over time causes the hairline to recede creating a characteristic ‘M’ shape. Hair thins at the crown, often progressing to partial or complete baldness. Women can commonly develop this condition after menopause, but rather than a receding hairline, instead notice an increased thinning or diffuse hair loss over the top of the scalp. Androgenetic Alopecia has a strong genetic predisposition and could be inherited from either parent, or both.

Alopecia Areata is a condition that causes round patches of hair loss, and can lead to total hair loss. It can occur at any age, but mostly affects teenagers and young adults. The hair loss is thought to be caused by a problem with the immune system but individuals with a family history of the condition are believed to be more susceptible. In many cases, the hair grows back after about a year.

With the winter months taking its toll on our not-so-fabulous hair, plus genetics, stress and diet all in the running to become the guilty cause of hair loss, a diagnosis from a doctor, dermatologist or hair specialist is essential before deciding how and if to tackle the condition. Like many things in life, there’s not always a straightforward solution to our limp, lifeless and losing-it-fast hair. Thankfully, there are many treatments and products out there to thicken, boost, regrow, volumise, strengthen and so on, to help sufferers find their hair loss remedy.

QUICK FIX
Nanogen Fibres is available to buy in many different colours and provides an instant thicker looking head of hair. After choosing your hair colour, all that’s left to do is quickly apply the ultra-fine keratin fibres by shaking the container over your hair. The fibres blend seamlessly with your hair, merging together and adding volume. Nanogen Fibres, Boots, £18.95

HEALTH BOOST
It may be obvious but a well-balanced diet can improve hair strength and help growth. Foods containing protein and vitamin D such as salmon, avocado, walnuts and seeds all have a significant amount of Omega-3 fatty acids which can help to lengthen your locks. A deficiency of biotin is also believed to be a cause of hair loss and therefore vitamin B, found in foods such as berries and eggs, is a good way to improve the health of your scalp.

STOP AND GROW
Regaine for Women is a clinically proven treatment to help the regrowth of hair. The solution contains the active ingredient minoxidil which is a scalp solution used for the treatment of hereditary hair loss. There is also a Regaine for Men. Both available at Boots, from £25.95

HEAD HAPPY
Nioxin Scalp Renew is a two-part treatment created to help regenerate the scalp’s surface and improve hair density. The dermabrasion treatment is an anti ageing solution which uses exfoliation to regenerate scalp skin. The second part, density restoration, restores a dense, vibrant, healthy appearance to hair. Nioxin Scalp Renew, Browns Hairdressing, Durham and selected salons regionwide

FIGHT BACK
Philip Kingsley PK4 Hair Dietary Supplements enhance the production of Keratin, the protein that hair is made of. The nutritional supplement, fortified with amino acids, is essential for strong, healthy hair and growth and should be taken twice a day. Hair Dietary Supplements, Jo Bullerwell Hair Design, Jesmond, £22. The salon also specialises in Philip Kingsley scalp and elasticizer treatments.

Hairloss Myths

  • Washing your hair in cold water can cure baldness 
  • Losing hair every day means you’re balding 
  • Hair products cause hair loss 
  • Hair loss can be caused by too much sun exposure 
  • Constantly wearing hats can cause hair loss 
  • You can prevent hair loss by cutting your hair 
  • Washing your hair too much causes loss of hair
Published in: December 2013

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