Understanding hair loss

There are a number of different types of hair loss – and almost as many
different causes.

Understanding what type of loss is affecting you can help you decide what is the best course of action – and treatment – to take. If you’d like further clarification, just arrange a consultation to discuss your situation and options.

Male pattern baldness
Female pattern hair loss
Other areas of hair loss

Male pattern baldness

This is the most common form of hair loss – affecting over 90% of men who are losing their hair.

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Female pattern hair loss

Genetic type hair loss in women is more common than you may think – affecting around 40% of all women by the age of 50.

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Other areas of hair loss

Hair replacement is becoming more common on parts of the body other than the head or face.

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Dispelling the myths

Hair loss is most common in older men

For some, male pattern hair loss can begin in the teens, and most commonly in the 20s and 30s.

Hair loss is inherited from your mother

Not so – the genes that trigger hair loss can come from either parent and often both.

Cutting your hair makes it grow back thicker

It may appear to, but it’s an illusion created by the fact that hair is thicker in circumference the closer you get to the scalp.

Washing your hair too often causes hair loss

Don’t believe the hairs you see disappearing down the drain. Washing your hair doesn’t encourage the onset or increase of hair loss – and not washing your hair will not delay the onset of hair loss.

Wearing a hat can cause hair loss

Not the case – you may end up with the ‘helmet hair’ look, but there is no evidence to link wearing a hat to losing your hair.

Hair loss: a brief history

As long as men have been losing hair, there have been ‘cures’… and some have been truly incredible. Ancient Egyptians favoured sea crab bites. Ancient Greeks favoured a mix of pigeon droppings, horseradish and beetroot or nettles. In 19th century France, they rubbed on a cure that contained extract of guinea pig and dog testicles. Be reassured that, as leaders in the research and development of hair loss treatments, we investigate many but utilise only the latest proven treatments.