An emotional Nadia Sawalha confesses that she is suffering from hair loss due to the "balding gene".
“Can have devastating effects”
Whatever the cause, hair loss in women can have devastating effects and many studies have concluded major psychological impact with far-reaching consequences. But the vast majority of sufferers will not seek help as they believe surgery or wearing a wig to be the only options.
Andrea McLean, Nadia's co-host on ITV's Loose Women, not only provided a shoulder to lean on for 52-year-old Nadia - she also admitted she suffers from similar symptoms.
Sat on the panel with Anne Diamond and Gloria Hunniford, Andrea, 47, admitted that she is also thinning on top, explaining that her hair has extensions in it.
What does it mean to have the "Balding Gene"?
If you notice that you are losing your hair as you are getting older, specifically at the front, top and front sides of the head, you may indeed be victim to the "balding gene". Otherwise known as Alopecia Androgenetica or Female / Male Pattern baldness. It is thought that this gene triggers a sensitivity in the culprit hair follicles to a hormone called Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and it is this sensitivity that causes the hair follicle to shrink. When the hair follicle shrinks, less hair can grow and less blood can get to the hair follicle, meaning that the hair is starved of the essential nutrients needed to grow. If not treated, the hair follicle will eventually stop producing hair permenantly!
What can I do if I think I am suffering with the balding gene?
You could see your doctor or trichologist who will examine you and your hair to determine what the issue may be. There are treatments available on the NHS and privately. Some treatments do come with side effects and are only suitable for men.
If your hair has got to the stage of being shiny bald, hair replacement treatments may be the best option for you, or if you are looking to add volume, hair extensions could be a solution. If you are thinking about hair extentions, then please do your research and choose somebody who is well known for fitting and more importantly, removing the extensions safely reducing the risk of losing even more hair or damaging the hair you still have.
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My name is Emma, Hair loss consultant here at "My Hair Secret". Thank you Nadia! A very difficult issue to deal with. It really does help others knowing that they are not on their own. We have seen some awful situations here concerning the lengths that some people do feel they need to go to, to hide thier hair loss. Hopefully with people like yourself feeling brave enough to share, it will encourage others to find help too. There is hope! x