impACT - Common Hair Conditions
Androgenetic Hair Loss
Also known as Male or Female Pattern Hair Loss because we don't want to blame it on the genes– it generally presents as thinning of the strand and shorter growth stage through the top of the head, primarily for women and crown and recession areas with men. If there is a increase in shedding, this along side MPHL or FPHL can have the aging process of the hair appear worse than it is. We can determine if there is both things happening.
Telogen Effluvium or Anagen Effluvium
Hair Pulling – it is common, not limited to, but can be caused by stress. It involves the irresistible pulling of hair from the head, eyebrows, eyelashes and other parts of the body. It is also a form of comfort. As Trichologists, we understand this and are very supportive.
An autoimmune triggered condition a trigger like a virus or stress but it is so unpredcitable – it appears as baldness or circles of baldness, often on the scalp, when the immune system for unknown reasons incorrectly attacks hair follicles. In most cases it will grow back eventually. Any thing patchy is usally AA and someone else in the family may have experienced too?
Not as common as Alopecia Areata, this involves similar bald circles but replaces the hair follicle with scar tissue, which is unable to produce a hair. There are signs and symptoms that identify it us such.
Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia
More commonly experienced but not limited to post-menopausal women, it generally presents along the hairline and can be mistaken for a receding hairline.
Consistently tightly pulled back hair – can create baldness and even lead to Scarring Alopecia over time. It happens over a very long period of pulling, so don't blame it on your ponytail.
Can be caused by poor-quality diet, slow metabolism, an infection or irritation to certain products. If there is no medical issue (check with your doctor) then a quality anti-dandruff shampoo can help. Often dandruff is mistaken for a dry scalp when actually it can be caused by an oily scalp. Trust us, shampooing more regularly won't make your hair fall out.
Damaged hair? – where the outside layer has peeled back, usually due to over styling habits such as over brushing, using too many heat and chemical processes or just having excessively dry hair. A hair cut will help your hair's appearance, then we can work together to step up your haircare to include deep conditioning.
Occurs when the scalp’s natural sebum production becomes excessive. It can be counteracted by a gentle, formulated shampoo and more regular shampooing. However we will look at your lifestlye and diet for some answers.
Also known as Diffuse Hair Loss – usually shows through an increase or excessive hair shedding all over the scalp and will often self correct particularly if a cause is found. Is this you? Try not to panic. Anagen is the growth phase, Catagen when the hair releases from the blood supply at the bulb, Telogen is when it sits for three months and then sheds. Back the bulb goes again to join the blood supply generally starting the Anagen stage once more.