Teen Hair Loss
- Hair Loss in Children
Juvenile alopecia or hair loss in children amounts to 3% of the total pediatric consultation as reported by the American Hair Loss Association (AHLA). Although it may not be a common incidence, experts have sorted out the various causes.
How to Deal with Teenage Hair Loss?
Hair loss especially in excessive amounts is always a cause of distress. This often affects older men and women as a result of aging and other conditions, but there are also instances when this strikes teenagers. And this is all the more distressing especially at a time where they are still developing their self-image and dealing with teenage issues.
Hair loss during the teenage years can be attributed to various causes. It could be hormonal imbalance, poor diet, a certain healthy condition or it could be a result of some medication.
As mentioned earlier hair loss can be caused by not having the right nutrition. I know this is a time where you can make your own decisions when it comes to what you eat but sadly most of the time you make unhealthy food choices which leads to vitamin deficiency that can cause hair loss. So if you are seeing an alarming number of hairs falling off, you might want to increase your protein, fruits and vegetables, particularly those that are rich in vitamin B.
It is understandable that we want to experiment with our looks and use a lot of styling tools and chemicals to our hair. However, doing this regularly can really take a toll on your hair. I’m not saying that you should forget about these entirely, what you need to do is to limit your use and give your hair some time to rest and breath from all the styling. Too much of this can weaken your hair and making it highly vulnerable to breaking and falling off.
In addition to styling your hair, I suggest that you avoid doing it while your hair is still wet. This is a time where your locks are most vulnerable to breaking and falling off. But just to be on the safe side, avoid bleaching, perming or straightening chemicals if you really want to make sure that you remain attractive. There is really no point in too much styling if you end up losing your hair in the process.
If your hair loss is a side effect to a medication that you are taking, it wouldn’t be smart to stop it immediately without consulting your doctor first, especially if this is a maintenance medication. By taking this up with your physician, you can e advised better on an alternative medication.
Being a teenager really puts you at an awkward phase in your life. And it is only normal that stress levels can be a little out of hand at this time. But this does not meant that you should not do anything to relieve this especially when you have handful of hairs falling off your head. Yes, chronic increase of your stress levels can sometimes lead to hair loss. Which is why, you must know how to manage your stress. If anything is bothering you which could be a little hard to bear alone, talk to a counselor, a parent or a friend. It just might save you a head of hair!
Since puberty is an age where your hormones are just going haywire, having yourself checked if you are experiencing hair loss is most important. With proper evaluation and testing a doctor might put you on hormone therapy.
You probably have heard of hair grafting or hair transplant, but I don’t want to get your hopes up by saying that this is the right solution for you case. Although they provide promising results, hair transplants are only advised for those whose hair loss problems have already stabilized. Unfortunately this happens in late in your twenties. Hair transplant should only be a last option.
- Dr Ahnsup Kim, MD
Dr Ahnsup Kim is able to offer the best result for surgical hair restoration. If you are considering this procedure, visit Australian Institute of Hair Restoration with branches in Melbourne, Canberra, and Sydney, Australia for free consultation.
- Australian Institute of Hair Restoration
If you want to learn more about hair loss and your options on how to deal with it, you can visit the Australian Institute for Hair Restoration (AIHR). They can give a free consult for those who are planning to cure hair loss for men and women.