Don't panic about hair loss – from peas to injections, these ideas can help – OK! magazine


Lush locks are a big confidence booster and hair loss can be daunting for so many people, so we’ve quizzed the experts on the best solutions that could help you
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Our hair is our crowning glory. Cut it, style it, colour it – it’s another way to express ourselves. 79% of women admit that their hair is a huge part of who they are so it’s distressing when it starts to thin.
Most people naturally shed up to 100 hairs a day, but noticeable thinning is more common than you’d think, experienced by 52% of women over 50.
Of course, differences should be celebrated, but a study last year found 59% of women try to hide the effects of hair loss.
Triggers range from genetics and stress to medical conditions and hormones, particularly post-natal and menopausal. It can also occur after losing a lot of weight and due to iron deficiency.
As we age, too, hair follicles are less effective at growing new hair, while seasonal hair loss is also an issue – a drop in temperature causes scalp stress leading to faster hair shedding.
Wearing hair tightly pulled back or dyeing it regularly are common culprits. Kourtney Kardashian developed a bald spot on the top of her head from her tight ponytail and opted for a plasma treatment (more about that later).
“Hair is sensitive to lifestyle and environmental factors,” says Anabel Kingsley, brand president and trichologist at Philip Kingsley. “You need to optimise each factor that affects the hair growth cycle – your health, nutrition, thyroid function, stress levels and scalp health.”
It’s a vicious cycle, with the stress it provokes sometimes causing further loss. Chief scientific officer at dermoi! Eve Casha points out, “It can be mentally difficult to deal with and there’s no cure. But while treatment options depend on the cause, there are solutions to help women regain their confidence.”
Here are nine of them…
Scalp masks
Show your scalp some love with a weekly mask and daily toner. “Scalp health has a profound influence on hair growth – one supports the growth of the other,” explains Anabel. “The Philip Kingsley Density Scalp Mask and Density Scalp Toner are fantastic.”
Pea sprout extract
Eve is a fan of nutraceuticals which she says “use bioactive ingredients which deliver powerful nutrients to the body”. Regular oral supplements, she claims, can’t guarantee this. She recommends Hairology by Vida Glow, which uses a pea sprout extract to encourage hair growth.
Light treatment
Low-level laser therapy sounds very sci-fi but is recognised as a safe and clinically proven treatment to promote growth in hair follicles by stimulating the cell. Repeat treatments are often required and the success depends on the individual.
Cover-ups
If treatment isn’t your thing but you feel self-conscious about thinning hair, extensions, wigs, scarves and make-up are an option. Real hair wigs are more costly but last for up to four years while cheaper synthetic wigs only last up to nine months, according to the NHS. If you’ve lost 50% or more of your hair or your hair loss is as a result of cancer treatment, you may be eligible for a free NHS wig.
Hair transplant
Costing £1,000 to £30,000 in the UK, a transplant is usually carried out under local anaesthetic. There are two types of operation: one in which a thin strip of skin is removed from the back of the head and divided into pieces of up to four hairs which are then used; the second involves removing individual hairs one by one and placing them into tiny cuts made in the scalp. If you’re serious about having a hair transplant in the UK, check the British Association Of Hair Restoration Surgery website first to see if your chosen surgeon is listed.
Steroids
Steroid-based treatments are used for those with patchy, relatively stable hair loss. Steroids come in injection or liquid form and prevent the immune system from attacking the hair follicles, as well as stimulating hair growth. Potential side-effects include acne, skin thinning and even premature balding.
Protein boost
Anabel points out that “hardly anyone eats enough protein – at least from a hair growth standpoint” and recommends a suitable supplement. Her choice is Philip Kingsley’s Density Amino Acid supplement, but other brands are available.
Minoxidil
Minoxidil comes as a foam or liquid applied directly to the scalp and is designed to treat hereditary hair loss. It’s not available on the NHS but can be purchased without a prescription.
Plasma injections
Platelet Rich Plasma treatment is where plasma from your blood is separated and then injected back into the scalp to apparently encourage hair growth. The concentration of platelets should be at least four to five times higher than in the blood. It’s not a permanent cure and can only temporarily restore your follicles’ ability to regrow hair. Offered by private clinics, costs vary and some charge up to £1,000 for the initial three sessions, with top-ups required.
Always contact a GP or dermatologist for advice before starting any of the mentioned treatments or medication. For further support, visit alopecia.org.uk.
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