Wiping the fallen hairs from your desk or plucking them out of your hairbrush can trigger that stomach-wrenching fear of losing your hair but is this really hair loss and should you be worried about it?
Losing hair is normal, in fact, we tend to lose between 50 - 100 hairs every day and in most cases, we don’t even realise it's happening. As such hair loss isn’t usually something you need to worry about.
If your hair loss is more substantial, it's likely to be a natural result of your genetics.
I’m sorry to have to break this to you male readers but hair loss is more common in men and is usually due to Male Pattern Baldness or MPB. Natural conditions like this are difficult to stop or reverse so if you've been noticing more hairs than usual on your pillow, or perhaps your friends have commented on your receding hairline, it might be time to get some professional advice.
The earlier a hair loss condition is caught, the better chances you have of a treatment working for you.
Now, ladies, this might be more a problem for guys but that’s not to say that women can’t suffer from this genetic trait too. It is rarer but the same applies to ladies who are suffering from Female Pattern Baldness. FPB contributes to around 60% of female hair loss cases and tens of thousands of women around the UK suffer from this.
Where Male Pattern Baldness can start as early as 18 years old, Female Pattern Baldness usually starts later at around 30 years old and its effects are different than that of MPB.
Men tend to experience ‘receding front hairlines’ and/or ‘vortex balding’ whereas women generally notice thinning throughout the top of the head or crown which is known as ‘diffused thinning’.
Even though thousands of women in Britain suffer from hair loss, our hair is part of our identity and so losing your hair can be very upsetting so if you are concerned about your hair, don’t suffer in silence, please speak to a professional who will be able to give you the best advice.
As we now know, most of the time hair loss is a result of genetics however, there are other factors that can play a roll in the untimely departure of our hair. Other causes of hair loss can include:
- Stress and/or trauma
- Environmental factors
- Medication issues such as; Psoriasis, Dermatitis/Eczema or Ringworm
- Nutrition and Diet
Many of these causes of hair loss can be treated if caught soon enough and in certain cases, your hair will grow back once you have gotten over the underlying issue.
You should always consult a GP if you start to notice:
- You have sudden hair loss
- You develop bald patches
- You’re losing hair in clumps
- Your head also itches and burns
- You’re worried about hair loss