Most people suffer from hereditary-pattern hair loss, also called androgenetic alopecia. A variety of other factors such as stress, traumatic events, hormonal changes, medical conditions or a diet lacking in nutrients can trigger the loss of hair. Certain types of hairstyles, including tight ponytails, braids and hair extensions, can cause tension and trauma to the hair follicle, leading to hair loss.
On average, the scalp has 100,000 hairs that cycle through periods of growing, resting, falling out, and regenerating.
Hair loss may be sudden, or it can become apparent slowly, over time, as part of a gradual process. It can occur anywhere on the body, but usually affects the scalp. Most commonly, men experience hair loss in the frontal hairline and vertex (crown) of the scalp. Women rarely have a receding hairline and instead experience a gradual loss of density at the part line, followed by diffuse thinning from the top of the head.
In most cases, there are ways to treat both male and female hair loss. Our specialists at Westminster Medical Group can determine the cause of your hair loss based on a physical examination and your health history. In some cases, simple dietary changes can help. If you notice your hair thinning or see an abrupt increase in your hair loss, talk to our hair loss specialists in Harley Street to see what solution is best suited to you.