It does not happen overnight, but thinning hair is a wakeup call that something is wrong. Should you notice more hair clogging the shower, or you have a bald spot or you have unusual low hair volume on any part of your head. There are chances that your hair is thinning and falling out.
Depending on what is causing it, thinning hair manifests in a variety of ways. Thinning of hair at the top of the head is one of the most common types of hair loss is the
For men, this is mostly seen in the receding hairline on the forehead. For women, this may not be the case but they start noticing a gradual broadening of the part in their hair
Causes of thinning hair
So, what causes thinning hair, how do you deal with the condition and does a hair transplant solve the problem?
It is generally considered normal to lose about 100 hairs a day. You do not need to book an appointment with your GP about that. Should you, however, notice or even feel that the volume and thickness of your hair is reducing too fast, then it is certainly time for that appointment with your GP.
Some of the common causes of thinning hair include:
- Medications – Side effects of drugs used to treat certain conditions like cancer, arthritis, high blood pressure, gout, and heart problems include hair loss.
- Stressful events – Physical and emotional shock may lead to some degree of hair loss. The good news is that this condition is mostly temporary and one can regain their hair after some time.
- Family history – Inherit wealth and riches from their families, and yet others inherit hair loss. If members of your family have lost their hair due to their genetic background, chances are that you are equally predisposed to the condition.
- Radiation therapy –Ionizing radiation especially to the head generally causes loss of hair. Once treatment has started, one may notice that their hair falls more often.
- Medical conditions – Medical conditions like scalp infections (ringworm), thyroid disease and alopecia areata usually lead to hair loss. Alopecia areata is a medical condition that is characterized by the immune system attacking the hair follicles.
How do you deal with thinning hair?
A visit to your GP or dermatologist may help pinpoint the exact cause of your sustained hair loss. The doctor will do a physical examination and review your health history to establish the root cause of your loss of hair.
Some of the recommendations may include:
- Lifestyle changes – Some lifestyle choices may cause hair to thin and fall out. Poor dieting, excessive drinking of alcohol, smoking too much, the use of steroids, harsh hair treatments and hairstyles may lead to hair loss. Eating right, resting and exercising are good for your hair too.
- Change of prescription drugs – some prescription drugs have been associated with hair loss. Your doctor or dermatologist should be able to tell you which drugs are to blame for your thinning hair and recommend that you switch to other drugs if possible.
- Medications – like many other conditions, hair loss can also be treated with some medications. Drugs such as Minoxidil and Finasteride have been used to treat hair loss. As with every drug, side effects are possible and you should discuss this with your doctor.
- Hair transplant – It used to be that when you are getting a hair transplant done, sections of hair would be placed in areas where hair has thinned. Although this worked, it was still visible and didn’t look natural. There has been a lot of progress in the hair transplant field, and it is now even difficult for a barber to tell whether you have undergone the procedure!
If you are looking for a permanent solution to your thinning hair, it is time you considered booking an appointment with a hair transplant specialist. Anyone, from any race, can be a good candidate for a hair transplant.
Before proceeding with a hair transplant, your specialist will establish whether your scalp is covered with enough healthy hair to be transplanted to areas where thinning has occurred. Your specialist will also establish whether you have the ability to grow hair in areas where it has been lost.
You, too, can regain your full hair look with a hair transplant.