Hair loss is a common complaint among women in Dubai, especially when they're at a child-bearing age
26 November 2017| Last updated on 25 February 2018
When you combine the harsh temperatures, climate and environment here, it's no surprise that hair loss is a common complaint among women living in Dubai. Especially those of a child-bearing age, who face extra pressure in keeping their hair protected and nourished in Dubai's desert weather.
In order to help protect your hair in Dubai though, you need to understand exactly what can cause hair loss in Dubai.
You see - the human scalp contains over 100,000 to 150,000 hair follicles! Those follicules undergo a lifelong cycle, characterised by periods of growth (called 'anagen'), transformation (called 'catagen), and rest (called 'telogen).
In humans, hair cycling is not synchronous - meaning that individual follicles cycle independently.
Meaning... Everyone loses their hair, and it is normal to lose about 50 - 11 hairs every day.
In fact, hair grows at a rate of around 15cm a year and the lifespan of each hair lasts for 2 - 6 years before it falls out. The follicle then rests for a while, while another takes its place.
It's important to remember however, that hair loss, which is also known as alopecia, involves a wide spectrum of conditions. Some are worsened due to the climate in Dubai, and in some cases, hair loss can be characterised by being severe as it might lead to baldness, such as alopecia areata. In this case, the autoimmune process contributes to the loss of hair on the scalp or other areas.
Here are the main and most common causes of hair loss in Dubai for you to be aware of that are health-related:
1. Traction Alopecia
This results from prolonged pulling or tension on the hair follicle, usually due to tight ponytails or braids. Traction alopecia from braids or hair weaves is most commonly detected along the frontal and temporal hair lines.
2. Female Pattern Hair Loss
This is a condition that is described as the thinning of the hair in the frontal part of the scalp, and is usually hereditary.
3. Telogen Effluvium
Telogen effluvium is a common cause of diffuse hair loss. Examples of factors that may stimulate this condition include major physical or psychological stressors, childbirth, dietary restriction and medications. Hair loss usually occurs two to three months after the inciting event, and reverses once the inciting factor is eliminated.
4. Thyroid Disease and Anemia
Lastly, these conditions can cause hair loss, which can be reversed by treatment and correction of the condition(s).
Most cases of hair loss are treatable and reversible.
First of all, they should be appropriately diagnosed, then in certain circumstances the patient would nee to undergo a series of blood tests.
Telogen effluvium is treated by removing the inciting event and providing cosmetic support if needed.
Hair loss secondary to anemia is reversed by correcting the condition, ferritin (iron stores) are aimed to be corrected to level of 30-40 mcg/L. As for hair loss secondary to thyroid dysfunction, a correction of thyroid function and its return to normal would stop the hair loss.
Female pattern hair loss can be treated with topical treatment such as minoxidil or other oral medications.
If you're experiencing hair loss in Dubai, and are currently trying to conceive and grow your family, speak to the specialists at Dr. Fakih IVF Fertility Center for guidance and advice on how to combat the condition.