Hair Loss Advice

Why is my hair thinning?

By Alex

Thinning hair can be a normal part of the ageing process, or it may be due to other causes. You may notice your hair thinning by a widening parting or a receding hairline.

When hair is thinning you may find hair falling out onto clothing or notice extra hairs on a comb or brush. Your normally lose around 100 hairs each day, but these typically grow back. If they’re not, it can be hard to know why, so we’ve outlined some reasons your hair may be thinning below.

Age

Hair loss is natural as we age, hairs can randomly begin to shrink in both length and diameter. As a result the hairs will shed and actual follicular units decrease in numbers.

Stress

A stressful event or time period can trigger hair loss. Stressful events can suspend the production of hair for a period of time, leading to thinning hair. However in most cases the hair will begin to grow back after a matter of months

Medication

Some medications can have a side effect of hair loss. Medication such as anabolic steroids and blood thinning medication can cause thinning hair.

Diet

An unbalanced diet is a factor that affects thinning hair. Not getting all of the correct vitamins and minerals can lead to hair loss. For example, an iron deficiency can lead to anaemia and hair thinning.

Alopecia

Alopecia Areata is a condition which causes hair loss. This is due to problems with the body’s immune system. The condition can come at any age, but is most common with people who are under 20.

In most cases a person who has suffered from Alopecia will see their hair grow back after around 12 months. However this is not guaranteed, with some Alopecia Areata sufferers never seeing their hair return.

Can thinning hair be treated?

Although thinning hair is a natural part of life, there are treatment options available. At Harley Street Hair Clinic we can in some cases, offer medication to help treat thinning hair, and in some cases procedures such as a hair transplant can be needed.

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