HAIR SCARE: the latest on hair loss

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Transform, who started out as a hair loss specialist 38 years ago reports a 41% increase in the number of female enquirers for hair loss treatment in the last year to June 2013. They also report that 1/3 of their hair transplant patients are female, there has been a 24% increase in female hair transplants in the past year and that the average age of female hair loss patients is down from 51 years (in 2010) to 34 years (in 2013). Hair loss has traditionally been thought of as a condition that affects only men, but both men and women of all ages can suffer from receding hair lines and thinning hair. Female hair loss can be caused by a number of factors including stress, diet, low iron levels, hormonal imbalance from pregnancy and menopause and can also be hereditary. Transform hair surgeon Mabroor Bhatty reveals “while the majority of hair loss patients are men, I have seen a steady increase year-on-year in the number of women coming to me with hair concerns and I expect it will continue rising. Men seem to come to terms with the condition much quicker than their female counterparts who understandably find it much more distressing. Hair loss and its treatment is now becoming less taboo and those who are bold enough to speak out about it should be commended. My patients often comment that celebrities have inspired them to seek treatment as they feel they can relate to them.” It's also not uncommon for women in their 20s to visit the clinic either. As Transform report, young women are using hair extensions in a bid to enhance their beauty, copy celebrities or change their look completely, the downside of this is that women are finding themselves suffering from ‘alopecia traction’, where the pull from extensions causes tension and the hair to eventually fall out.