Everything You Need to Know About Hair Loss

FAQs about hair loss and thinning hair

Hair loss is one of the most frequently searched terms on the internet, and the market itself is estimated to be worth over £2billion.  Whether it's specifically about the condition or regarding a treatment, it seems most of us have a question or two about the topic of hair loss.  So, we take you through some of the most frequently asked questions about alopecia.

What is Hair Loss?

Alopecia is the most common form of hair loss, with 60% of men suffering from male pattern baldness by the age of 40, and around 40% of women suffering from female pattern baldness by the same age, respectively.

Pattern hair loss, known as male-pattern hair loss (MPHL) when it affects males and female-pattern hair loss (FPHL) when it affects females, is hair loss that primarily affects the top and front of the scalp. In males the hair loss often presents as a receding hairline while in females it typically presents as a thinning of the hair.

Is there a cure for hair loss?

As the market currently stands, there is no known cure for alopecia, or any other form of hair fall. There are treatments available for baldness, but nothing that is able to reverse the balding process. Scientists are constantly working on a cure, but there is nothing concrete enough to suggest we will have a cure any time soon.

Is there a way of treating hair loss?

Hair loss can indeed be treated, but results will vary with each individual. There are only two FDA approved treatments for baldness, which are Finasteride (branded as Propecia) and Minoxidil (most famously branded as Rogaine/Regaine).  Both treatments come with potentially harsh side-effects, leaving many users looking elsewhere for safer alternatives.

What is the best natural treatment for hair loss?

It is difficult to rank one treatment above another, as results differ with each individual user. The best way to find the most effective treatment is to go down the route of 'trial and error'.  Try a number of different treatments to find out which is the most effective, for you personally.

What is the most popular treatment for baldness? 

Multi-vitamin hair supplements like HR23+, Nutrafol and Viviscal, are by far the most popular form of treatment for thinning hair. Many of us lack the sufficient minerals in our bodies to sustain healthy hair growth, so these types of supplements give our body what's lacking, in order to maintain stronger, faster, healthier hair growth.

How much does a hair transplant cost?

Hair transplants vary in cost, depending on many different factors.  The average cost for a full transplantation procedure would be between £10,000 - £30,000, depending on your unique case. It should be noted that not even surgery is guaranteed to work in the long run.  Many patients have to continually go back for 'top-up' work, and more filling in.

What are the other causes of hair loss that can be prevented?

Aside from genetics (pattern hair loss), there are many things that can cause baldness and thinning hair.  Common causes of hair loss (which can be prevented) include illness, stress, seasonal shedding, lack of minerals, and harsh hair products.

When is the best time to treat balding?

The earlier you tackle hair loss the better chance you will have of maintaining your hair for longer. Although there is no cure for baldness, there are treatments that can halt the process, helping prevent hair fall and promoting hair growth.  For best results, alopecia should be treated before you reach the stage of Norwood 3 / Savin 3.

My dad is bald, does that mean I will go bald? 

Genes play a major role in the pattern of your hair, but doesn't necessarily mean you will go bald if your dad is hairless.  Your genetics can be passed through a number of different people in you family, so if you have an uncle with a full head of hair, there may still be hope for you.  The most common gene that is passed down to you is via your mother's father - so, if your grandad lost his hair at some point, that could may well be your destiny too.

Why am I losing more hair in the summer season?

Seasonal shedding affects just about all of us (men and women), and is most commonly found during the hotter months of the year.  However, some people experience more shedding during autumn.  Seasonal shedding is perfectly normal, so try not to worry about it, as it will pass in time.  But be sure to have a good hair care routine in place, just to save you losing more strands than necessary.

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