1. Discuss your concerns with your GP and a hair loss expert – not just your hairdresser
It is often the case that an your hairdresser would spot a hair loss problem in the first instance. While a hairdresser might be able to suggest whether or not the problem is cause for concern, only a qualified hair loss expert and your GP will be able to provide a recommendation or diagnosis. There are many forms of hair loss including alopecia areata (patchy hair loss); trichotillomania (hair loss caused by manually tugging out hair); traction alopecia caused by tight ponytails or braiding; telogen effluvium – excessive thinning caused by a particular event e.g. pregnancy, or alopecia totalis – total hair loss. The expert has the knowledge and means to provide a solution or remedy.
2. Consult a qualified Trichologist
The word Trichology comes from the Greek word “trichos” braid wig which means hair and trichology is the study of the hair and scalp. If you notice your hair thinning, you should seek expert advice immediately. Research reveals that prompt action can in some cases reverse or halt the problem before it worsens. A session with a qualified trichologist will help diagnose your condition. A typical session involves taking a strand of any existing hair and assessing it under the microscope. Analysis can reveal many factors which provide clues to the loss – these include: hormone levels (e.g. a high presence of Cortisol, a stress hormone, can affect hair growth); vitamin and nutrient content; protein levels – Keratin is a key component of hair and it is required to maintain healthy growth). Ultimately, healthy growth depends on blood flow to the hair follicle. This is supplied by blood vessels in the bottom of the follicle called the dermal papillae. Stimulating blood flow, for example by massage, can help the problem but your trichologist will prescribe treatment suited to you.
3. Be open-minded to ALL hair replacement solutions before choosing one that’s right for you
It is human nature to have in mind one particular route to overcoming hair loss. For women, clip-in hair extensions or bonded real-hair extensions are a popular first choice. This is because the results can be a fuller, thicker head of hair. Unfortunately however, if your hair has fallen out in patches, hair extensions might not be a viable solution (hair extensions rely on attaching to hair strands across the entire scalp). A hair transplant is another popular choice as it’s a form of permanent hair restoration but this relies on the quality of existing or ‘donor’ hair which is taken from the back of the head. Partial hair pieces are often overlooked as an excellent way to overcome hair loss. A non-surgical process called ‘Hair Integration’ involves blending real hair (attached to a piece) with your own and the results are instant. Nowadays, ladies wigs are incredibly sophisticated and natural-looking. There are literally thousands of products from which to choose. Excellent quality ready-to-wear synthetic or real hair wigs are available in almost limitless ranges of colours and styles. Custom-made wigs can of course be designed with your natural hairline, mix of colours, style and lifestyle in mind. Many people ask whether human hair wigs are better than synthetic wigs but the answer is: it depends! Real hair wigs generally tend to offer more styling versatility but are more expensive. Synthetic hair fibre is so advanced that it looks and feels like real hair. Many females seeking a hair replacement will often find themselves opting for a solution they hadn’t previously considered. Usually, the end result is a solution that brings newfound confidence too. So, we would always suggest keeping an open mind in the beginning of your journey.