Hair loss in the UK
Hair thinning is a problem that concerns a lot of people around the world. What’s important to remember is the fact that we usually associate baldness and hair loss with men, while we forget that women suffer from hair loss too. In fact it can be an even greater traumatic experience for females. It is certainly not an unusual sight to see a bald man throughout the day and males can even embrace baldness, using it as their distinct feature. For most women, baldness is an absolute tragedy and hair thinning causes a huge lack of self-confidence, which can even lead to a severe depression.
What is the most common cause of male hair loss in the United Kingdom?
For men, typically the most common cause of hair loss is MPB – Male Pattern Baldness. More than 95% of men suffering from hair loss are affected by it. It affects almost all men and a variety of ages. Some males go through it without much of a hassle, as they only lose a small amount of their hair permanently, while others suffer from a much more severe type of MPB, and their hair thinning process is rapid, excessive and instantly visible.
MPB is also known as Androgenic Alopecia (almost all hair-thinning issues have a Latin “alopecia” term in their name) and its symptoms are easy to recognisable. Victims of androgenic alopecia can observe an excessive hair loss at the front of their hairline or on the crown of the head. What triggers MBP is a special hormone called DHT – dihydrotestosterone, which is a stronger form of the well-known male hormone. For males, genes that produce an excessive amount of DHT cause hair loss, although recently other, non-genetic causes of hair loss have been visible amongst men.
What are the other causes of hair loss? And why women suffer from it?
For women, the issue of hair loss is much more complex. Indeed, genes can be also responsible for unnatural hair thinning, but they are not the primary suspect. When a woman observes an excessive hair loss, the first thing she should do is contact an experienced doctor – preferably dermatologist, as they are the most skilled in recognising the causes of hair loss.
A dermatologist is able to determine the main trigger of hair loss almost immediately once the patient completes his interview and health check. So what are the causes that the doctor may recognise? It all depends on the specific symptoms and the person dealt with, but in general, the most prevalent causes of hair loss in the UK are:
- Improper diet – nutrition is of the utmost importance for everyone and a wrong/improper diet can greatly affect your overall health, leading to an excessive hair loss due to the lack of nutrients required for hair growth. Women are more prone to go on a diet, and eat less than they should be, which can lead to a deficit of important substances. The most extreme diets can even lead to malnutrition which is known to cause an excessive hair loss. A doctor can easily recognise if a dietary issue is involved in the whole process. So obviously the best remedy for this cause is changing the diet thus strengthening and nourishing the existing hair, but above all stimulating growth.
- Improper medication or chemicals – drugs (not just the illegal ones!) can lead to hair thinning. If you have been to the doctor recently and you observed an unnaturally excessive loss of hair, it may be possible that the prescribed medicine may be responsible.
- Structural damage – also known in medical terms as “traction alopecia”. It is caused by an excessive force being used when styling your hair and thus unintentionally damaging our roots. Braids, cornrows, tight ponytails, too much styling, heat from dryers, curls and straighteners, too much hair spray… all of those actions weaken your hair significantly. So if you are naturally prone to losing more hair (due to their inherent weakness), you will notice this even more when excessively styling. Your hair should always be approached gently with delicate measures. You should know that this type of hair loss is affecting everyone around you, not just the celebs who are more exposed to the glamour and constant hair styling. So if you know you have weak hair, be gentle it!
- Trichotillomania is a more common hair loss cause than you can imagine. Although an exact number of people who suffer from the urge to pull out their own hair is unknown, trichotillomania is listed as one of the most popular hair thinning triggers. It is pretty obvious that pulling your hair does not help the hair grow or develop, and if you suspect yourself from performing this habit then contact a doctor and possibly a psychologist asap. They will help you understand what drives you to pull out your own hair so much. In most cases it’s the stress, so common in this day and age. Therefore getting rid of this habit will be a priority that you’ll need to work on.
- Alopecia areata – an autoimmune disease that attacks hair on the whole body (especially the scalp) and in turn creates round bald spots. It is not as rare as you may think, and although in most cases it disappears as quickly as it appears, it may permanently affect your hair follicles. In extreme cases the baldness can be permanent and affect the whole body, not just the head. Even if you suffer from the less extreme version of alopecia, you should first make sure that you aren’t affected by alopecia areata, as treating this disease requires help from various specialists.
Hair replacement for victims of alopecia can be done in a number of ways – you can utilise wigs or hair extensions for example. Such methods vary in quality, with natural hair extensions that cover bald spots being the most effective solutions. This alternative is pleasing, as no surgery, great costs and pain is required. If your case is more severe, there might appear a need for a medical intervention, but before you decide to go under a knife and get a hair transplant, always check if there are less extreme measures that can help you, as surgery should be the last resolution, when everything else fails.
The best hair replacement companies have their headquarters in London and you should easily find someone that will help you in your specific case. Furthermore, the internet is your best friend when it comes to easily and efficiently finding hair loss experts. They will always be determined to devise a hair thinning solution designed specifically for you. You just need your doctor’s advice first, and his initial word before approaching a specialists who in turn will recommend you how to treat this specific issue. They will know which hair loss treatment will be the best choice for you. If you are worried you can’t afford the fight against hair thinning, you may be surprised that most methods that do not involve surgery or other medical procedure are not as expensive as you’d think. Of course, the cost is still significant, but you won’t have to sell your car, house or get a bank loan to effectively cover your hair loss