Living with alopecia?

We don’t just treat the symptoms: We look for the root cause. For most of us, our hair is integral to our body image – it’s a major part of what gives us confidence and makes us feel attractive. Hair loss, therefore, can be an extremely demoralising and upsetting experience. Not knowing why, you are losing your hair can be the source of a great deal of anxiety. At Trichologist Solutions, our first step is to determine the cause. Once we have done this – and only then – can we develop a treatment that is effective and appropriate for you and your needs.

Hair loss in men and women

Anyone can experience hair loss. Some conditions affect men more greatly – others, women. At Trichologist Solutions I offer detailed diagnosis, treatment and advice backed by years of study and practice. On this page, I have broken down some of the commonest problems that lead to hair loss and thinning.
We tend to associate hair loss with men. However, women can and do experience it too. Unfortunately, society can be less understanding when it comes to female hair loss, and the psychological consequences can themselves be very damaging.

Cosmetic Traumatic Alopecia

Cosmetic traumatic alopecia is hair loss that results from physical, chemical, or thermal trauma on the hair. This condition can be temporary, but this is dependent on the cause, frequency, and length of time of exposure to trauma. If caught soon enough, further trauma can be prevented, and the hair can regrow. Early interventions can prevent the hair follicles from becoming irreversible damaged, which results in permanent hair loss. Cosmetic traumatic alopecia is caused by pulling the hair back in a tight ponytail or bun, strong chemicals, high heat, wearing tight braids, cornrows, dreadlocks, hair extensions or weaves, long hair, infection, and certain types of headwear (including helmets).

Telogen Effluvium

Telogen Effluvium is also extremely common. It is a condition where more than normal amounts of hair fall out., which is most noticeable when you wash or comb your hair. It results in a general ‘thinning’ of the hair and occurs when there is a change in the number of follicles that are growing hair. This is due to a disturbance of the hair cycle. Telogen effluvium can be triggered by environmental factors, physical trauma, severe stress, hormonal changes, medication, underlying health conditions and poor diet.

Androgenetic Alopecia

Losing some hair everyday is normal. On average, we lose around 100 strands a day. When you notice that you are losing a lot of hair, it can be very traumatic. Androgenetic Alopecia is the most common type of hair loss in me. It presents as diffused thinning and balding at the crown, and a bilateral recession to the temples. It begins in the teenage years and is caused by a combination of having a family history of baldness, and sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone in certain areas on the scalp. Androgenetic alopecia in women presents as general thinning to the crown and the front area of the scalp, which affects the volume of the hair, due to increased shedding. With women, the causes include a strong genetic predisposition, aging and hormonal changes.

Alopecia areata

Alopecia areata is a condition where small, circular patches of hair loss develop, usually on the scalp. The hair loss can occur at any age. Alopecia areata can be triggered by stress, illness, medication, and autoimmune or genetic factors.


Trichotillomania is characterised by the overwhelming urge to pull your own hair usually develops during the adolescent years but has been known to appear in very young children. The cause of trichotillomania is unknown. There are certain factors that increase the a person’s risk of developing it, including a family history of the condition, environmental factors, or childhood trauma, repeatedly pulling the hair out can lead to hair loss and even more emotional distress.

Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia

Frontal fibrosing alopecia is an irreversible condition that causes progressive hair loss at the front of the scalp. The scalp may also look lighter in colour. This condition occurs due to the destruction of hair follicles. Frontal fibrosing alopecia is caused by a genetic predisposition, hormonal changes, autoimmune and environmental factors.