The most common hairloss conditions and
how we can treat them...
ALOPECIA AREATA is a common cause of hairloss that can occur at any age in otherwise healthy people. Occurring when the immune system attacks the hair follicles, it results in round patches of baldness on the scalp, although hair elsewhere on the face and body can also be affected. In some people the whole scalp is affected (Alopecia Totalis) and sometimes the entire body and scalp (Alopecia Universalis). Every case of Alopecia Areata is different, so it’s not usually possible to predict how much hair will be lost, if hair will grow back partially or fully and how long any regrowth will take. Often regrowth takes place over a number of months, although sometimes it can take years, and in some cases regrowth never happens. Most people with only a few small patches will get full regrowth within a year, but if more than half the hair is lost then the chances of a full recovery are reduced. The hair can sometimes regrow white and many sufferers do experience further attacks of Alopecia Areata.
Our Intralace System is an ideal treatment for this condition, as the breathable mesh applied allows the hair to grow underneath. Clients can have the system removed and refitted at any time to manage the appearance of the condition.
One third of women will experience hairloss at some time in their lives. The main type of hairloss in women is ANDROGENETIC ALOPECIA or FEMALE PATTERN HAIRLOSS. Female Pattern Hairloss begins with gradual thinning at the parting, followed by increasing hairloss across the top of the head. Unlike in men, a woman's hairline rarely recedes, and women rarely become completely bald. There are many potential causes of this type of hairloss, including medical conditions, medication and physical or emotional stress. Female Pattern Hairloss can start anytime after the onset of puberty, but women tend to first notice it around menopause, with the risk rising with age. The risk is also higher for women with a history of hairloss on either side
of the family.
Our Intralace System is a very effective way of disguising this type of hairloss while allowing for new hair growth underneath.
CHEMOTHERAPY attacks growing cells in the body, and often this includes the hair roots. This means that Chemotherapy can cause hairloss on the scalp, as well as throughout the rest of the face and body. Some chemotherapy drugs are more likely than others to cause hairloss, and different doses can cause anything from a mere thinning to complete baldness. Most of the time hairloss from chemotherapy is temporary, with regrowth usually occurring between three to six months after treatment has ended, although the hair may return with a different shade or texture.
Our Intralace System can be used with a client’s progressive hairloss. It is a popular option as you can wash, brush and care for the hair as it if was natural and it won’t affect lifestyle choices such as active sport and swimming.
RADIOTHERAPY can cause your hair to fall out, but unlike Chemotherapy, it only affects the area being treated, so if you are having radiotherapy to your head, you will probably lose hair from your scalp only. The full effects of hairloss will vary considerably depending on your dosage and any other treatments.
Our Intralace System is usually most suitable when radiotherapy has caused permanent hairloss. It can be combined with your existing hair, allowing you to manage it as you would normally. For areas where the hair has become thin, but hasn’t shed, we often recommend our Medi Connections – a finer, more lightweight type of hair extension, made from real hair.
TELOGEN EFFUVLIUM occurs as a result of some sort of body change, such as a drastic change in diet, a deficiency, a severe infection or an abrupt hormonal change. Shock to the body – such as major psychological stress, physical trauma or surgery – can also lead to Telogen Effuvlium. When Telogen Effuvlium occurs, an increased amount of hairs stop growing and instead fall into their natural resting phase, which leads to hair fallout. Typically, in this condition, a sufferer will lose an average of 300 hairs a day, whereas the average person will lose 100 hairs daily. When Telogen Effuvlium occurs, hairs will usually ‘rest’ for two to four months before falling out, so often hairloss isn’t noticeable until two to four months after the event that caused the problem. Telogen Effluvium rarely lasts longer than six months, although some cases last longer.
At Unlimited, we can use Medi Connections to provide a cosmetic cover for minimal hair loss, whereas our Intralace System offers a more permanent solution for more widespread hair loss.
Many new mums find themselves shedding more hair than usual in the first few months after giving birth, which is perfectly normal. During pregnancy, increased levels of estrogen prolong the hair growing stage, with fewer hairs falling into a resting stage. This often results in pregnant women experiencing fuller thicker hair during pregnancy. After giving birth, estrogen levels drop, leading to more hair follicles entering the resting stage, and then eventually falling out. POST-PREGNANCY hairloss tends to last a few months, with hair usually returning to its pre-pregnancy thickness about six to 12 months after giving birth.
At Unlimited Hairloss Solutions we offer a number
of temporary solutions to create the appearance of fuller, thicker hair, and to boost your confidence until your hair returns to normal.
An undiagnosed thyroid disorder can sometimes be the underlying cause of hairloss. THYROID disorders are relatively common, particularly among older people, but when the symptoms of the illness are only mild, it can go undiagnosed and untreated for some time. Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can cause loss of hair, particularly when severe or prolonged. Hairloss associated with thyroid disorder usually involves the entire scalp. Regrowth normally occurs following successful treatment of the thyroid disorder, though it can take several months and regrowth may only be partial.
Depending on the extent and stage of hairloss, we can offer a full range of treatments to help conceal thinning areas, while allowing natural regrowth to occur.
A drastic change in DIET and a deficiency in certain nutrients, can both lead to hairloss and general thinning. A lack of the right nutrients including vitamins A, C, D and E, zinc, B vitamins, iron, biotin, protein and essential fatty acids may slow down hair growth or even cause hairloss. In particular, some women find that a deficiency in zinc or iron can cause a generalised thinning of the hair across the whole scalp. In addition, malnutrition through extreme dieting can slowly lead to generalised hair loss. Read our Food For Thought feature in the Yorkshire Post here.
At Unlimited Hairloss Solutions we can work together to pinpoint the cause of your hairloss or thinning hair and help you find the right solution.
SCALP PSORIASIS is a common skin disorder symptomized by raised, reddish, often scaly patches. It can occur in a single area, or can be more widespread and cover your entire scalp. It can also spread to your forehead, the back of your neck, or behind your ears. While Scalp Psoriasis itself doesn’t cause hairloss, picking at the scaly spots, scratching, and harsh treatments, together with the stress that often comes along with the condition, can lead to temporary hairloss. Fortunately, your hair usually grows back after your skin clears.
Our in-house Trichologist, Eva Proudman, will be able to advise on the best treatments for healing scalp psoriasis, while we have a variety of hair replacement methods to help hide the hairloss effects.
Excessive brushing and use of heated appliances while STYLING your hair can cause it to break. Colouring and bleaching can also lead to hair breakage, leaving the appearance of thinner locks. Additionally, certain hairstyles that exert considerable pressure on the hair for long periods of time can also lead to Traction Alopecia – a form of alopecia, or gradual hairloss, caused primarily by pulling force being applied to the hair. This commonly results from frequently wearing hair in a particularly tight ponytail or braids.
With various types of extensions, that won’t weigh down or break your fine and damaged natural hair, we are able to restore any lost thickness, volume and length associated with styling.
TRICHOTILLOMANIA is a disorder characterized by the irresistible urge to pull hairs from your scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes and other areas of the body. The cause of Trichotillomania – also known as Trich – is unknown, but some suggested causes include a chemical imbalance in the brain, hormonal imbalance and stress. Often Trichotillomania is classified as an impulse control disorder, and sometimes it is referred to as a behavioural condition. While Trich is not uncommon, sufferers are often secretive about their disorder and will try to hide the symptoms, however the hair pulling associated with it can cause temporary, and sometimes permanent, bald patches on the scalp, which can be difficult to conceal. At Unlimited Hairloss Solutions we meet plenty of women, with varying degrees of hairloss, looking to hide the effects of Trich.
If you suffer from Trichotillomania we can help you treat the cause of the disorder, while providing you with bespoke hair replacement methods that effectively treat the symptoms and conceal the associated baldness.