It is a normal and healthy part of hair growth to lose some each day but when does it all become too much? Typically it takes a 40% loss in hair density for hair loss to become noticeable. Hair grows in three stages and hair loss is the inevitable part of the end stage. However more noticeable hair loss could be natural hair loss or it could the sign of an underlying condition so we would urge you to seek medical advice from your GP if you are concerned, as we would for any noticeable change in your body. There is a lot you can do to combat hair loss, even if it is genetically ‘doomed’.
- We often lose between 70 and 150 hairs a days without noticing, through brushing, showering and combing for instance.
- But the average human scalp has 100,000 hairs.
- Blond haired people on average have more hair (average 140,000 hairs) than the average brunette (105,000 hairs) or redhead (90,000).
- Hair grows at the average rate of 1 centimetre a month.
A receding frontal hairline is usually the first clear sign of balding or thinning hair. Thinning on the crown is also another area that thins early during male pattern baldness. Male pattern baldness affects most men in their lives and genetics plays the biggest hand in determining its extent. There are hair loss treatments out there to halt hair loss but unfortunately there isn’t anything currently to reverse hair loss. If you or someone close to you notices your receding hairline, have a look at treatments to see if they are suitable for you. Alternatively there are hair transplants, which transplant the strongest hair follicles, typically found at the side and back of the head, into balding or thinning areas of the head. Performed well and this effectively evens out the distribution of hair. Here at The Private Clinic our hair transplant medical team have extensive, international experience and knowledge, helping to pioneer the FUE method.
Hair loss in women doesn’t really follow any such pattern like male pattern baldness does. Hair loss in women tends to involve general thinning in areas, particularly the crown, at first. The causes of hair loss in women can be complicated (including stress, genetic hair loss, polycystic ovary syndrome, pregnancy, anaemia and the menopause) so an essential first step is to visit a GP. Long hair can go a long way to help cover thinning areas up but the cultural significance of hair and associated medical problems mean seeking out more information about treatments is paramount for sufferers. We don’t treat alopecia totalis or alopecia universalis because they require specialised medical help but we do effectively treat alopecia areata. Hair loss treatments are available from our clinic for certain types of hair loss. Hair transplants are also available for women, which can even be achieved from an unshaven donor area (a more complicated procedure). Eyebrow hair transplants are also available.
The Private Clinic
Here at The Private Clinic we are experienced in treating hair problems. We can offer patients hair loss medication and hair transplants. Further information is available on our website: https://www.theprivateclinic.co.uk