There are many different forms of alopecia and, depending on the cause, it can be a long or short-term issue and the degree of hair loss can range from a small coin-sized area to full hair loss incorporating the scalp and all body hair.
During your consultation, we will talk through how your hair loss or thinning has developed. If there is no known medical reason such as cancer, thyroid disorder or hormonal imbalance that may have caused the alopecia, we will often advise you to contact your GP to carry out blood tests to check thyroid function, iron levels, hormone levels and immune system function. Equally we have our own private Blood Testing Service, Bloods 4 You, providing confidential and quick blood test results.
This enables us to better understand your condition and creates the foundation of your hair care plan.
Our years of experience have taught us many things about alopecia - largely that it is not limited to head hair loss but can affect body hair, eyelashes and eyebrows, and it leaves skin feeling more sensitive.
Your hair loss technician will be by your side and together we can create a solution to mask the areas of concern. Depending on your condition, this could include:
scalp treatments to stimulate the follicles and promote hair regeneration
masking techniques to hide areas of hair loss such as clever cutting, hair fibre builders, hairpieces to cover smaller areas of hair loss
hair replacement solutions of a semi-permanent nature such as top pieces, hair systems or full wigs
specialist mineral powders or tattooists that can create beautiful eyebrows.
We also work alongside a leading Consultant Dermatologist & Immunologists who can advise on corticosteroid injections or Platelet-rich Plasma treatment, both of which have stimulated hair growth in some clients suffering alopecia areata.
Skin is sensitive and you must take care to use make-up and skin and hair care products that are pH balanced, paraben and sulphate-free. Your consultant will advise you on the best products to minimise discomfort, help reduce inflammation, nourish your skin and also how to disguise hair loss through clever make-up techniques.
Trichotillomania, or more commonly referred to as hair-pulling disorder is a condition that affects many people including both children and adults. The urge to pull out the hair, whether that is your hair, eyebrows or eyelashes and be overwhelming with many reporting that it begins with a tingling sensation that is followed by a sense of relief once the hair is removed. We have worked with many sufferers of this distressing condition, ranging from small scale areas that appear as thinning hair through to large areas of balding.
Your hair loss technician will assess the extent of your hair loss and analyse the condition of your skin and scalp to determine any potential underlying
condition that could create that tingling or tension sensation before devising a plan on how to help mask any areas of hair loss and how to encourage hair regrowth. If you believe that your trichotillomania is the result of stress or anxiety, you may benefit from talking things through with one of our expert wellbeing team.
We are proud to be a specialist centre in providing hair loss solutions for sufferers of Trichotillomania, receiving referrals from all over the UK. This form of alopecia is very distressing and patients often have underlying poor mental wellness – we fully understand this.
We work with both male and female clients of all ages to compile a toolkit and teach you how to work with the solutions in your kit to effectively mask the areas of hair loss.
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COVID-19 can cause this hair loss condition
You may be surprised to know that only up to 90% of your hair is in the active (anagen) growth phase. This phase lasts somewhere between 2-4 years. The remaining hair is in the telogen (resting) phase and it is during this period that hair falls out to be replaced by new hair growth. Typically, a healthy human will naturally shed around 100-125 hairs per day, this is completely normal. When people experience an event that triggers telogen effluvium approximately 30% of the hair enters the telogen phase causing a much larger hair loss. As it can take up to 4 months for the hair to shed, it is highly unlikely that you will experience hair loss initially, and often it is hard to recall a life event that may have triggered the hair loss. Some of the events that can trigger telogen effluvium can include;
• Physical trauma such as an accident or surgery
• Poor diet
• Fever or intense infection including Coronavirus.
The Covid pandemic saw the number of cases of people reporting hair loss soar and while the list above is not comprehensive by any means, it does highlight some of the triggers that anyone infected with Covid may have experienced.
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Forms of Alopecia
Recognised by the loss of all body hair.
Most sufferers are children and young adults. In its early stages, the usual ratio
of hairs in anagen (growing) and telogen (resting) phases is disturbed and more hairs enter the telogen stage, leading to sudden hair loss in small patches, which gradually widen with time until hair loss is total.
Recognised by the loss of all scalp hair. Most sufferers are children and young adults.
It can also affect the sufferer’s nails.
Considered a common condition,
it affects 1-2% of the population at some point during their lives. Most sufferers are children and young adults. The hair loss is sudden and manifests itself in small, smooth-skinned patches that are likely to gradually widen with time. It can also affect the sufferer’s nails.
Commonly known as male/female
pattern baldness, it has a characteristic pattern of hair loss beginning with
a slight recession at the front hairline
and is followed by thinning on the
crown of the head. The hair follicles
are genetically predisposed and become smaller with time, leading to eventual hair loss.
This is caused by constant tension/rubbing on the hair, such as created by an over-tight ponytail,
plaiting, extensions or through using
too tight rollers to style the hair. The action of pulling on the hair over a long period of time results in the gradual shrinking of the hair follicle and so the hairs become finer and finer.
Commonly known as hair-pulling disorder, it causes patches of broken hair with stubbled ends. It usually affects children and women and is usually due to poor mental health wellness and stress. Permanent hair loss may develop if the hair pulling habit
There are other, rarer forms of alopecia including Monilethrix, which is characterised by dry, spare and brittle hair that easily breaks and has a beaded like appearance to the hair shaft, and Graham Little Syndrome. We have worked with clients suffering from all forms of alopecia to promote hair regeneration or cover the hair loss and rebuild their confidence.
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