Perhaps one of the most popular questions in regards to hair is: why isn’t my hair growing? This is followed closely by why is my hair falling out?
When it comes to long and healthy hair, things are not always easy. The NHS estimates that half of women aged 65 and over experience female-pattern baldness. This can start as early as your 20s and it can be caused by a variety of factors:
Hair growth cycles can differ from person to person depending on genetics. A person’s cycle can have a growth phase of 3 years whilst for someone else, it might be as long as 5 years before starting the shedding phase.
- You don’t drink enough water
Not drinking enough water can lead up to dry and brittle hair which is more prone to splitting and breaking. Therefore, even if your hair is growing, it will always feel like it’s shorter than you wish.
- You’re not getting enough trims
Your hair might not be growing because you haven’t been visiting your hairdresser in over a year. The problem? Your ends are the culprit. Your ends are quite sensitive to all environmental factors such as sun or wind. You curling it, blow drying it or straightening it might not be helping it much either. Add to that colouring, and that’s going to thin it out considerably.
- Health issues
Certain health issues such as hormone imbalances, vitamin deficits and scalp issues can be other factors in your hair being unable to grow.
Did you know that in order to notice thinning you need to lose in average 50% of your hair in a particular section?
PRP for Hair Loss
Whilst in the past, people have been able to reverse hair loss by either prescribed medicine or performing a hair transplant procedure, this has not always been an easy journey. These procedures can come with negative side effects such as a long recovery period.
The Platelet-Rich Plasma treatment, also known as PRP, involves drawing a persons’ blood, processing it and then injecting it in the areas wished to be treated. PRP can be performed in various areas, from the face to the scalp. The PRP injections can trigger natural hair growth by increasing the supply of blood to the hair follicle. This, in turn, will increase the thickness of the hair shaft. The growth factors stimulate the hair follicle to turn on if it has been in a sleeping state. On the other hand, if it has been awake, it would give your hair a boost to grow longer and thicker.
So are you wondering how this works?
A sample of blood is drawn and put into a special container which then separates it into different layers. Our blood is made of two components, red blood cells and plasma. The latter contains white blood cells and platelets, which are rich in growth factors. These can help in stimulating the activity of the hair follicles and promote new hair growth. The practitioner uses the layer of blood that is filled with platelets as well as stem cells and growth factors, then they inject it into your scalp. This will stimulate hair growth.
PRP can treat any type of hair loss causes such as HRT, Vaping or even from Cocaine drug abuse however, the treatment is commonly used for people experiencing androgenic alopecia (50 million men and 30 million women only in the US) or alopecia areata (147 million people worldwide).
Optimum results with this treatment can be seen in 3 to 6 months.
Studies done on the subject analysed people undergoing this procedure who had not had success in previous treatments. It was noted that after having 4 PRP treatments, they saw an increase of 30% in hair growth.
If you are suffering from hair loss and want to book a consultation with us to discuss about PRP hair treatment, don’t hesitate to contact us.