We all have different types of hair, with some more prone to conditions relating to hair loss than others. If you are someone who has thinning hair, you may have found it frustrating trying to resolve this. Whilst other people have thick hair with plenty of regrowth, others may discover balding patches visible due to thinning hair. At Vera Clinic, we help patients who have this issue discover the hair thinning causes and what the solutions are. Depending on the severity of your hair thinning, further treatment may be needed to help resolve any patches of hair loss or baldness.
If you require specialist help to reverse any hair thinning causes, we can help assess your suitability for treatment. Book a consultation today and we can recommend specific help tailored to your hair, including hair transplant in Turkey if required.
What is Thinning Hair?
Thinning hair refers to when someone is experiencing mild hair loss, leaving a thin layer that exposes the scalp more than with an average person. Different to baldness, hair thinning can occur in areas of your scalp rather than all over such as seen with female or male pattern baldness. The average person loses hair every day, with natural regrowth occurring once a hair follicle reaches its life cycle which is normally 2-3 years. Those suffering from hair thinning will experience above-average hair loss, causing a thinning of the scalp which is referred to as Telogen Effluvium. Thinning hair can occur naturally as we age as the hair follicles reach their life cycle end and then do not regrow. In other instances, it doesn’t require further treatment as the hair will eventually grow back to its previous thicker state. People will experience hair thinning in different ways meaning some may require more treatment to resolve the hair loss than others.
Hair Thinning Causes
The causes of hair thinning can vary, but one of the most common is Telogen Effluvium. Where a healthy scalp experiences general thinning of the hair, this usually happens a few months after a stressful life incident. Telogen Effluvium can be triggered by childbirth, for example, significant illness or an operation that has put a strain on the body. The good news is with this cause is that it is usually temporary, so that once time has passed since the stressful event, the healthy scalp will start to regrow new hair follicles. Other hair thinning causes that you may experience include:
Anaemia & Iron Deficiency – having a lack of iron in your diet can cause hair thinning as iron is essential to promote hair growth. In females, this is a common reason for hair thinning as menstrual blood loss can lead to an iron deficiency as well as anaemia.
Harsh Hair Treatments – chemicals in hair treatments such as dye, bleach and hairsprays can also damage the hair follicles, leading to hair loss. The strain on the hair follicles from certain hairstyles like a bun or ponytail that is too tight can also lead to hair thinning or Traction Alopecia.
Poor Diet & Vitamin Deficiency – if your diet is lacking in nutrient and mineral-rich food, this can deprive your body of essential vitamins. Minerals including folic acid and vitamin B12 are important for healthy hair and are present in animal proteins as well as fruit and vegetables.
Stress & Pregnancy – in women, pregnancy can mean hormonal changes that can impact your hair growth. Normally, this should regrow in time after the birth. Stress can cause Telogen Effluvium, but also the high levels of cortisol and other hormones from stress can damage the hair follicles of your scalp.
Weight Loss – if you lose a large amount of weight in a short period of time, such as with crash dieting, you could trigger hair thinning.
Solutions for Thinning Hair
Whilst there can be many different hair thinning causes you could experience, many can be reversed with changes to diet and lifestyle. As the hair loss is usually mild or moderate, you may avoid altogether this becoming permanent hair loss or other conditions such as Alopecia Areata. The main things you can try to help thinning hair are:
Eating a healthy diet rich in protein and essential minerals
Reducing stress and anxiety triggers
Massaging the scalp to stimulate blood flow and hair growth using Aloe Vera.
Use anti-thinning shampoos – although this may only provide a temporary thickening of the hair.
Whilst all or some of these solutions will help most people, others may need a more permanent solution to address hair thinning causes.
Treatment for Hair Thinning Causes
If you are experiencing high levels of hair loss leaving patches of your scalp with very thin hair, treatment is available that can help to reverse this. At Vera Clinic, we can assess the level of hair thinning you have and provide treatment to address any permanent hair loss seen which can include a hair transplant. An FUE hair transplant may be the ideal solution to resolve your hair thinning if you have tried other methods and it appears hair follicles are not growing back. The same can be provided elsewhere on the body, such as eyebrow transplants or beard transplants.
An FUE hair treatment will extract healthy hair follicles from your scalp and transplant them to the area of hair loss. Over time this will ensure you experience natural regrowth and a full head of hair that you previously had. This technique is not suitable for everyone suffering from hair thinning, so during a consultation your hair loss will be assessed. If the issue you have can be resolved via lifestyle changes, the doctor will advise this. If, however, there is permanent hair loss on your scalp, they will recommend undergoing specialist treatment.
Get in touch with the experts here at Vera Clinic based in Istanbul, Turkey, today. Our fully qualified surgeons and technicians will help you determine the best course of treatment for your thinning hair and provide a quote that can include flights, accommodation, and transportation.