Dealing with hair loss is difficult. Conditions which lead to hair loss are often chronic and treatment usually gives modest or moderate results. An amazing result is uncommon. In addition your hair is a sensitive indicator of your general health and it does not take much of an insult to switch off a bunch of hair follicles and lose a clump of hard won hair.

Getting accurate information and advice is difficult. While the arrival of the internet has made  accurate and up to date advice more accessible than ever this is now more than drowned out by commercial hype and exaggeration. Outright lying is not the problem, the problem is exaggeration. There are a huge number of drugs, minerals, vitamins and plant extracts which have been shown to have some degree of positive effect on the hair in some people, usually modest. Many are oversold.

Still, there are a lot of people walking around with a good head of hair because they have been consistent with a sensible regimen of treatment. This is my advice about what you can do in order to be able to join them.

1. Take charge of your hair

Successful treatment of hair loss involves getting a lot of things right. Your diet must be as close to optimal as possible, you need to keep an eye on your ferritin (iron) level and you need to take your treatment. 24/7 for 365 days of the year. Only you can do this. Others can help but you are the one in control, whether you take control or not.


2. Get a diagnosis

The most common cause of significant hair loss in women is female pattern hair loss(FPHL) and this what most people focus their treatments on. But FPHL may not be the only issue or even the correct diagnosis. Other things to consider are:

  • is iron status adequate?
  • is abnormal thyroid function, insulin excess or other hormonal conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome the underlying cause?
  • is there a degree of acute or chronic telogen effluvium?
  • is a side effect from medication contributing?
  • is the correct diagnosis one of the rarer conditions such as scarring alopecias (especially frontal fibrosing alopecia) or alopecia areata incognita?
  • to what degree are hair care practices like straightening and hair dye contributing?

Before you can start effective treatment you need to have the correct diagnosis. Make sure you get one.

3. Do the right things consistently

Being persistent and consistent does not guarantee results but maximises your chances of your best possible outcome. Once you have found what works best for you then just stick to it and get on with your life.

What are the right things for you? They are different for everyone but you can download my ebooklet How To Treat Female Pattern Hair Loss. Information about other conditions is on this website.