You may feel scared and even embarrassed when you start losing your hair. It is okay to feel these things as your hair is an important part of how you look. Most people experiencing hair loss feel the same way.
But please do not feel alone because you are not. There are other people going through what you are experiencing. More importantly, there are specialists who can help you with your hair loss problem.
Also, while it can be alarming to see more strands falling off your scalp, please do not panic as this might cause you to do things which can exacerbate the problem. Below, we listed some of the things you should NOT do when you start noticing that your hairline is receding or your hair is thinning.
Delaying Your Visit to a Trichologist
It is imperative that you see a trichologist immediately. You need a specialist to diagnose the reason behind the alopecia. Moreover, a diagnosis is necessary before any treatment can commence.
Keep in mind:
Hair loss in both men and women have different causes. Identifying the exact reason behind the alopecia is the first step in creating an effective treatment plan.
Early treatment yields better results even in so-called irreversible hair loss conditions like female pattern hair loss.
Doing Nothing About Your Hair Loss
Some people opt to do nothing about their alopecia, either thinking it is inevitable or it is not something serious.
Yes, hair thinning is part of growing old. But this does not mean that there isn’t anything you can do about it. There are clinically proven treatments which can prevent hair loss from progressing quickly.
Meanwhile, there are those who do not take action because they are in denial about it. Some have this notion that what they are going through isn’t a serious case of hair loss since they are still young.
The thing is:
Hair loss affects people of all ages – children, teenagers, young adults, etc. In fact, certain conditions like alopecia areata manifest at an early age.
Hence, do not think that excessive hair shedding is not a cause for concern. While it is normal to lose 100 strands per day, shedding more than this number over an extended period of time should not be ignored.
Engaging in Self-Diagnosis
Nowadays, with the help of the Internet, it is easy to research about a host of subjects including hair loss conditions. It is okay to arm yourself with information, but please do not self-diagnose.
Not all types of hair loss look the same. Identifying the exact reason behind excessive hair shedding requires knowledge, training and tools. Only a qualified professional like a trichologist or a dermatologist should do this task.
So, instead of wasting your time guessing if you are suffering from hair loss, schedule an appointment with a trusted trichologist in Dublin.
Using Unproven Hair Loss Cures
The world wide web is inundated with hair loss “cures” – from traditional herbal products to novel tools like laser combs.
Trying these hair growth products can be tempting, especially those that claim to deliver immediate results. But be wary about these so-called alopecia “cures”.
The truth is that:
Many of these products are not proven to be effective. Furthermore, hair loss can not be resolved overnight.
Clinically tested alopecia treatments take time, at least 3 to 6 months, before they effect results – i.e., growth of hair in affected areas.
Simply put, buying these quick-result hair loss “cures” is just a waste of money. They can even worsen your hair loss problem. It is best to steer clear of these products unless they are recommended by your trichologist or dermatologist.
Poor Hair Care Practices
You need to be gentle with your hair, especially if you are experiencing excessive hair shedding.
For one, avoid tying your hair too tight and brushing vigorously. Finer hair gets pulled out and breaks easily. So, you need to avoid handling your hair roughly.
It is also best to minimise your use of heat-emitting equipment like a hairdryer. As much as possible, just let your hair dry naturally. But if you really need to use them, put on a heat protection product and set the device to the lowest temperature.
Lastly, you should lessen the use of shampoo and hair conditioner. These products can strip the hair off of its natural oils. What you can do is to shampoo every other day instead of every day.
Addressing hair loss immediately can have favourable results, even for hereditary conditions like androgenetic alopecia. Our Dublin trichologist is experienced in treating all types of hair loss conditions. Call us today on +353 (0)1 6793618 to schedule an appointment.