What is Hair Loss?
Before we begin to talk about hair loss, we need to distinguish between what is normal hair shedding and significant hair loss. Every one of us will notice the daily pattern of hair shedding, 5-20 strands a day or slightly more even. It is entirely normal as the hair and scalp function as living tissue and shedding off old cells is part of nature’s process of renewal and growth. Should there be more hair shedding than usual, most of us would observe if this hair loss is transient (temporary) or progressive and can be considered significant hair loss
Here we explore some of the causes of hair loss:
Temporary hair loss can occur after a recent illness
Fever is a common symptom of COVID-19. A few months after having a high fever or recovering from an illness, many people see noticeable hair loss.
Stress can cause temporary hair loss
Again, the hair shedding begins about 2 to 3 months after the stress starts. While seeing your hair fall out in clumps can add to your stress, it’s important to try to de-stress. Only when the stress ends will the excessive hair shedding stop.
If stress and illness are the primary cause for hair loss, the hair growth tends to return to normal on its own after some time, usually after 6 to 9 months.
Hereditary hair loss
Men and women can develop patterns of hair loss called androgenic alopecia due to genetics. This means that under the influence of hormones, hair follicles shrink, hair thins and eventually stop growing altogether. This can occur as early as your teens or at any point in life.
Women may notice this after childbirth; it starts with hair thinning over the crown or hair parting. Men may notice this as a receding hairline or bald spot at the top of his head.
Alopecia Areata is a disease that develops when the body’s immune system attacks hair follicles resulting in hair loss. This can occur anywhere on your body, including scalp, eyelashes and eyebrows. This sudden and severe hair loss can impact on one’s self esteem especially when it develops when they are young.
Other causes for hair loss:
- Radiation or chemotherapy for cancer treatment
- Excessive perming or hair colouring with chemicals, tight hairstyles
- Hormonal imbalances eg excess progesterone in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Chronic skin conditions affecting the scalp eg eczema and psoriasis
- Insuffuient dietary intake of vitamin B biotin, protein, iron and zinc
Ways to treat hair loss
Wash your hair regularly with a mild shampoo. Use ingredients which unclog hair follicles and nourish the scalp. Avoid chemical treatments which may damage hair and scalp. Avoid harsh ingredients like ammonia and peroxide.
Prescription Rogaine is applied topically in a liquid or foam to first slow down the hair loss then stimulate the regrowth of new hair. It is both suitable for men and women. Natural ingredients and botanicals works equally well and can be used to treat hereditary hair loss with improvements seen as early as 2-3 months.
Low level lasers can help to improve hair density by stimulating epidermal stem cells in the scalp but requires a series of treatments over a period of 2-3 months.
Regrowth is further enhanced with concurrent use of supplements with biotin and iron to strength and thicken hair.
Sherwood Hydroboost for Face & Scalp
Hydroboost works as a relaxing treatment designed to cleanse, stimulate, nourish and hydrate the scalp for fuller and healthier hair.
Step 1 – a special hydrafacial tip extracts dirt, oil and impurities from the scalp and hair follicles while stimulating blood circulation.
Step 2 – in house keravive peptide complex solution nourishes the scalp with growth factors and skin proteins to promote thicker healthier hair.[Text Wrapping Break]
It is recommended that patients have the Hydroboost in clinic treatment once a month for 3 consecutive months. Expect results as early as 1 month as hair fall will be less and new regrowth seen within the next 1-2 months.
Calecim Advanced Hair System
Calecim is known for its patented formulation of ethically derived red deer umbilical cord lining stem cells which has proven results for the face and skin. Now, Calecim has created an advanced hair solution to promote fuller looking hair.
The Calecim Advanced Hair System contains a high concentration of Rejuvenating Conditioned Media, which contains powerful stem cell derived growth factors, to help promote fuller looking hair. This active ingredient works with in-clinic hair regrowth treatments and hair transplant procedures by providing a nutrient-rich micro environment to help boost a regenerative response.
The hair serum is used with a stamping method onto the patients scalp and areas where hair is thinning. Treatment is comfortable with no downtime or pain. Recommended treatment course is 6 sessions to see optimal results.
The treatment is pain-free, gentle and relaxing. You will feel some suction on your scalp and a cooling sensation from the solutions that are administered during the treatment.