With the disturbing image of Naomi Campbell’s thinned hairline making its way around the web once again this year (check out my write up from last year in HAIR PROBLEMS SOLVED: Combat Premature Baldness), it only made sense to do a deeper dive into the subject of thinning hair.
World- renowned dermatologist and hair restoration surgeon Dr. Umar provides answers to a topic so many of us are concerned about.
Q: Why does hair thin?
A: Miniaturization Is one of the most common causes of hair thinning. In women who experience female pattern baldness, there is likely to be other variables that contribute to the condition besides genetics. Usually this includes hormonal imbalances and environmental factors which exacerbate the interaction of their sensitive hair follicles with DHT, stress, pregnancy, certain medications, crash dieting, anemia, iron deficiency, use of chemical dyes, and relaxers have all been implicated in female hair loss. Women will typically experience hair thinning on the top part of their scalp which may or may not spread to other regions. In women because the hair line is often spared, mild to moderate thinning is easily camouflaged by use of extensions, hair products etc. Hair thinning in women should be evaluated by a dermatologist with the objective of excluding treatable secondary causes such as thyroid disease, nutritional causes, medication etc. A blood test is often part of the evaluation process. In women of African descent, the most common cause of hair loss is traction alopecia which results from hair grooming practices that exert a sustained pulling force on the hair roots. Examples of such grooming practices include, hair weaves, braiding, pony tails etc.