Follicularly Challenged!

Follicularly Challenged!

Trichologist Dr Shahid Shamsher talks about the main reasons of hair loss and the future of hair loss treatments.

1. What are the main factors behind increasing hair loss?

Travelling and Stress are the two single biggest factors for increased hair loss. Not only do these factors cause you to bald early, they also lead to early and fast graying of hair. It’s almost as if the hair becomes 20 years older than the body. And because these factors are so universal, we see them playing a role in women as well. More women now show early onset of male baldness, than ever before. While the mother would start thinning out after menopause, for the daughter we now see the same degree of thinning in the late 20s itself. Most of these patients have a work profile which involves traveling back and forth very often, or relocating to a new city every 2-3 years.

2. Is it also that the modern generation is more obsessed with looks?

Not really. In fact with most patients in their 20’s and 30’s, the concern is that why are they losing hair, when their parents have either not lost hair at all, or if so, have lost it only after their old age. Similarly most of them have very reasonable expectations from their treatment. While treatments like transplant, weaving etc are also popular, most people are more interested in saving their hair, since they are losing it early. Clearly, not much vanity happening here!

3. Where do you see hair loss treatments 5 or 10 years from now?

I can answer that in one word – Cloning. Thanks to President Obama, the ban on cloning research has been removed. We can now hope to see this very promising treatment become a reality in another few years. And if it lives up to the expectations of the scientists, then we may finally have a one stop solution to the hair loss problems.

Dr Shahid Shamsher is a leading Trichologist certified from UK, Australia & India. Practicing since 27 years in the field of Trichology, even today he consults every patient personally himself rather than leave it to assistants. He can be reached on 080 42067474 / 75.