Sufferers of early hair loss could find its cause by considering their life events just three months before problems began, says award-winning trichologist, Steven Goldsworthy.
The hair growth cycle, which can take up to six or seven years to complete, is dramatically afflicted by traumatic times in life or by prolonged lifestyle conditions.
Steven, who owns the Goldsworthy Hair Group and has consultancies in London, Cirencester, Marlborough and Swindon, believes that understanding the cycle means more can be done to maintain healthily growing hair.
“Nutrition is the biggest consideration,” said Steven. “The body’s major organs take precedence over our hair and use the nutrients we consume first. When we lack nutrients, or those nutrients are being used by other organs more intensively than normal, our hair always suffers first.”
New mothers, for instance, may experience hair loss three months after they have given birth. While other types of excessive stress – like blood loss during operations, extreme dieting or prolonged intensive exercising – can also have a similar effect.
In such cases, the hair growth cycle can experience increased activity in what is known as the telogen phase: the three months when hair naturally falls out before being replaced. However, if the cycle is disrupted, it can lead to an intensified telogen phase and lead to irregular hair loss.
Steven’s study of hair and scalp conditions, for which he has been recognised by the Institute of Trichologists (John Firmage Award), means he can help people understand their symptoms and provide some treatments in a clinical, confidential consultation.
In a case study, a lady who was diagnosed by her GP as having male pattern hair loss – a condition no longer considered gender specific – should have been diagnosed with frontal fibrosing alopecia, which causes scarring of the tissue above the forehead. The condition can’t be reversed but a trichologist may have saved some hair using the correct course of treatment: six weeks of anti-malarial tablets.
Causes for certain conditions, such as frontal fibrosing alopecia, are still relatively unknown. However, the British Association of Dermatologists believe it could begin with over activity of the immune system or hormones.
Hair loss can affect people regardless of their gender or age, and can happen as the body constantly changes and adapts. Steven can diagnose the exact type of hair loss from the many types of alopecia and give each client care and advice specific to their condition. He is also affiliated with several transplant surgeons and is able to advise people on hair transplants, both before and after surgery.
A Global Ambassador for Viviscal Professional, Steven offers the company’s hair growth programme through all three Goldsworthy’s salons in Swindon, Cirencester and Marlborough. The supplement provides a concentration of nutrients 58 per cent higher than any product available at pharmacies or high street retailers.
Goldsworthy’s salons also stock Nioxin, which thoroughly cleanses the scalp, creating a healthy environment for hair to grow in. The Nioxin range includes six shampoo and conditioner combinations that everyone at Goldsworthy’s can prescribe to treat each client’s specific circumstances.