Worrying about the amount of hair you’re losing over time? Are you hesitating to seek professional help due to your advancing age or due to the extent of hair loss? Whatever the reason, unless you consult a trichologist/hair specialist, it’s difficult for you to self-assess the severity of the issue at hand.

Is there a right time to start hair growth treatment?

Irrespective of your age, when you notice the first signs of a serious hair fall—like a lump of hair appearing in your towel after showering, or combs-full appearing day after day—it’s critical that you seek professional advice.

For everyone, hair is the crowning glory and at any age, losing it can become a reality. Strands of hair have a structure that supports its lifespan, and various reasons for reversible and irreversible hair loss can come into play.

Understanding the structure of hair

The hair and nails are made up of keratin, a dead protein. A typical hair grows from the hair follicle on the surface of the skin. The growth period lasts from 2 to 6 years. It will be followed by a few weeks of transitional phase and then a few months of rest period. Finally, this hair has to fall. A new strand grows from the same follicle (with almost the same thickness as the fallen hair). As we grow older, the follicle narrows resulting in thinner strands replacing the older, thicker one. A head which looked full and dense in your 20s and 30s, may now look thin and sparse.

Irrespective of the age, as long as the hair regrows from the follicle, professional help is available for re-growing the hair.

If the follicle reduces in size—or ultimately closes down due to genetic issues, age, illness, or other health-related factors—hair may not regrow in that region. However, if some hair follicles in at least some areas of the head like the sides and/or back still have reasonable hair growth, treatment is possible.

Prior to suggesting any type of regrowth treatment, the specialists would take into consideration all these factors. At any age, if you have reasonably active hair follicles at some part of your scalp, the specialists can help you keep your locks in tact.