For most individuals, hair is not only about conserving their head heat and for defense from the solar; it’s a mark of youth, vitality and the way we current to the world.
- Dermatologist Clare Tait says it isn’t useless to hunt remedy, significantly whether it is impacting on high quality of life
- Dr Tait says 40 to 45 per cent of ladies discover some hair thinning by age 50
- Shampooing, hair dying, and blow drying don’t affect hair loss
Dropping hair at any age may be very confronting, and for a lot of girls it may be onerous to easily shave it off and embrace the bald look.
Dermatologist Clare Tait informed Jessica Strutt on ABC Radio Perth that she has been seeing many feminine sufferers in search of hair loss remedy.
“Our look, and the way we current to our household and our associates locally, is essential and the pinnacle of hair is without doubt one of the most seen elements,” she stated.
Dr Tait stated extra girls than ever have been in search of remedy once they observed they have been dropping their hair, however which may be as a result of they’re more and more conscious that assist is obtainable.
“I feel it is also that there’s a larger emphasis in our society at the moment on how we glance and the way we seem — youthfulness is very prized and a youthful look is commonly equated with a full head of hair.”
It isn’t useless to hunt remedy
Whereas an individual’s look could also be seen as a trivial concern, or the area of late-night TV advertisements, Dr Tait stated nobody ought to really feel uncomfortable about in search of medical remedy for hair loss.
“I feel that it is fairly widespread and that typically persons are embarrassed and nearly really feel ashamed to be in search of assist for one thing that they understand is a beauty difficulty solely,” she stated.
Is feminine hair loss simply part of ageing?
Androgenic alopecia, usually higher generally known as male or feminine sample hair loss, is pretty widespread, Dr Tait stated.
“It’s an attention-grabbing situation as a result of it is nearly statistically regular for ladies to develop this situation, significantly after the menopause, with a generalised thinning of hair and typically some elevated shedding as effectively,” she stated.
Many individuals consider stress is the trigger, however Dr Tait says that whereas stress can exacerbate feminine sample hair loss it’s unlikely to be the basis trigger.
‘It began falling out’
Feminine listeners anonymously texted their hair loss tales to ABC Radio Perth:
“I am 46 and misplaced all my hair to alopecia 5 years in the past. I really feel like I’ve a deal with on wigs, although they’re going to all the time be a ache to put on. I actually miss having the ability to tie my hair out of the best way in a ponytail. What I actually wrestle with is doing make up with out eyelashes — I really feel like I don’t know what I am doing.”
“My hair fell out at menopause. My hair was thick so my physician did not take me critically. I began conserving the fallen hair in a bag and offered it to the physician — he lastly took me critically. Hair loss is cyclical; [it] occurs each eight years or so. [My] final fall [was] a few yr in the past — one other bag of hair. It by no means fairly grows again as thick.”
“I’m feminine in my 60s and have lengthy, thick hair; [it’s] all the time thick and glossy. Eighteen months in the past it began falling out greater than regular. Testing revealed severely low iron ranges. Two infusions of iron, together with [the] removing of all caffeine from [my] weight-reduction plan, [and] six months later it [my hair] was again to regular.”
Is hair loss reversible?
Whereas many ladies might lose hair attributable to their genetics, an iron-related situation known as telogen effluvium can be a commonplace trigger.
“It’s completely appropriate that iron deficiency is without doubt one of the commonest causes of this situation,” Dr Tait stated.
In circumstances the place it is not simply hair however eyebrows and eyelashes which can be falling out, Dr Tait stated it was extra doubtless a situation known as alopecia areata.
“That is a totally totally different situation that requires totally different remedy,” she stated.
Is avoiding shampooing the reply?
Dr Tait stated it was not unusual for sufferers to cease washing their hair as they attributed the washing to their hair loss.
“Lots of people that I see who’re dropping their hair to inform me that they’ve stopped washing it, or wash it a lot much less steadily, as a result of they’re involved that washing their hair makes it fall out extra,” she stated.
“I can reassure individuals; how usually you wash your hair won’t have any long-term impact on how rapidly you are thinning or how a lot hair you are dropping.”
Dr Tait stated the identical was true for utilizing hair dryers, hair straighteners and dying hair.
“When you’re over-drying hair it’s possible you’ll discover that the shaft turns into extra brittle,” she stated.
“It could break off extra simply however neither of these issues will cease the hair rising.
“Offering you are not having any response out of your hair dye, and you are not getting an itchy, irritable scalp, it is completely secure to dye your hair with these circumstances.”
Dr Tait stated she hoped extra girls would realise that it was doable to hunt remedy if their hair loss was bothering them.