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There are numerous causes of hair loss or hair thinning.
During your consultation, treatable medical causes must first be excluded.
These include vitamin deficiencies, thyroid conditions etc. If a cause is found, your hair loss may resolve or improve with treatment.
Dont forget to listen to our Radio Al-Ansaar interview on hair loss on
5 March 2016 at 10am.
Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss
Platelet Rich Plasma
Hair has a normal cycle of growth and shedding. Its normal to lose upto 100 strands of hair a day.
Growth phase: Anagen
This is when cells at the base of the hair follicle are actively multiplying and growing. This phase can last 2 - 6 years!
Transitional phase: Catagen
This is when hair growth slows but does not stop completely.
Shedding phase: Telogen
This is when hair growth stops and hair then falls out. A new hair will then enter anagen and start to grow!
A disruptions in any phase can cause hair loss.
If Anagen is disrupted, there is less hair growth. This is called Anagen effluvium.
If telogen is disrupted there is too much hair shedding. This is called Telogen effluvium.
Chemotherapy commonly causes a disruption in the hair growth phase as well as telogen, causing decreased hair growth and increased hair shedding.
Other causes of Telogen effluvium are stressors such as physical/emotional stress, pregnancy, surgery etc.
Some treatment options we offer for hair loss include:
Topical medicated solutions such as Minoxidil, Latanoprost and caffeine scalp foams individually or in combination. These require a prescription and are made to order.
They do not leave the hair greasy after use compared with scalp sprays currently available at pharmacies.
Microneedling with a hair loss serum. Our hair loss serum is also available for purchase from our office for home use.
Platelet Rich Plasma is the latest treatment for hair loss, increased hair fall or thinning in men and women.
A medicated eyelash and eyebrow serum is also available on a made-to-order basis.
These medications are made by a pharmaceutical company. They are all prescription medications, and not homeopathic remedies.
Scientific studies detailing their efficacy are available should you wish to read more about them.
The eyelash/eyebrow serum is approx. R1300 for 9mL.
Male pattern hair loss
Female pattern hair loss
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a part of your own blood that is rich in platelets.
PRP can be microneedled or injected into the scalp to promote hair growth.
Platelets recruit growth factors and stem cells to hair cells, which stimulate hair cells to multiply.
Blood flow to the area is also increased, providing much needed oxygen for growing hair cells.
Hairs increase in number and thickness.
Hair fall is reduced and hair density is increased.
4 sessions are required a month apart. Hair continues to grow after this period.
Read more about other uses of PRP here.
Platelet Rich Plasma can be used to stimulate hair growth in patients with Male and female pattern hair loss.
Medical disorders affecting hair
Some people are born with a patch of white hair at the front of their head. This is called a White forelock. They may also have wide set eyes, a right eye of one colour and a left eye of another colour and hearing trouble.
This is a condition of male pattern hair growth in women. It may be due to excess males hormones or androgens in ladies. Hirsutism can occur in Polycystic ovary syndrome, Cushings syndrome, Androgen-secreting tumours, and even as a result of certain medications. Hirsutism can affect your emotional well-being. If you have this symptom, visit your doctor who will screen you for all conditions related to this abnormal hair growth.
Hairmax is a lower level laser that generates visible light in the red spectrum, which has been clinically proven to successfully treat hair loss by
invigorating hair follicles / increasing the amount of energy produced by these cells. The laser also improves circulation in the scalp which provides essential nutrients and oxygen to actively dividing cells.
It is safe and FDA - approved.
Read more at www.hairmax.com
A louse is a small parasite that may feed on dead skin cells or blood. They choose areas of the body that are covered in hair as it is easy for them to hold onto hairs and hide in these spots!
Lice lay eggs called nits. Nits and lice both cause itching and are spread from person to person via close contact and sharing clothes and other belongings.
Lice may affect the head, body or pubic area.
If you think you have lice, get our doctor to examine you. You will need to use a combination of lice shampoo or lotion as well as a fine lice removal comb.
Available products for treating lice are: Para Special Lice Spray and Pickson Lice Shampoo.
All clothing and bedding must be washed at a high temperature. Lice and eggs are killed by exposure to temperatures greater than 53.5°C for 5 minutes. Soak combs and brushes in hot water (60°C) for 5–10 minutes.
All members of the household and other close contacts should be checked and those with evidence of an active infestation should be treated.
Hair dye allergy
Greying hair is inevitable with age.
Many people today, men included, turn to hair dye to give them a youthful, natural look.
PPD (ParaPhenyleneDiamine) is a chemical substance that is widely used in permanent hair dye.
The chemical commonly causes an allergic reaction in many people called Contact Dermatitis.
If you react to PPD, you may develop redness and swelling of the scalp, ears and nape of the neck.
Certain individuals may even develop a severe allergic reaction called Anaphylaxis which is life threatening.
A patch test is usually done to confirm that you are allergic to PPD.
If you do react to conventional hair dyes, do not despair! Many PPD-free hair dyes exist.
Henna-based hair dyes are natural products and do not cause irritation in PPD-allergic people. These are available in health shops and certain spice shops too.
As we age, hair may thin, turn grey or fall out more than your younger days.
Thinning hair is more common in females
Hair loss in males is usually over the front of the head and the crown. These areas of hair loss then join up.
Hair becomes grey as less pigment is produced by pigment cells as we age. Pigment cells get tired too!
There has been a recent trend towards young people dying their hair grey and even white