Trichologist Dr Shahid Shamsher talks about the effect of length of hair on hair loss.

How does the length of hair influence hair loss?

There is a very direct correlation between the length of hair and hair fall. Maintaining a certain length of hair in proportion to the strength of hair roots definitely helps in controlling the hair loss problem. Often in hair loss cases, due to the damage to the hair roots, they have been weakened already. Long hair then tends to put further pressure on the weakened roots and aggravates the hair loss even more.

But Indian women love keeping long hair

In normal circumstances that’s a very good thing, but if you are going bald along with that, then you need to reconsider. Just sometime back I saw a patient whose hair length was well up to her knees, but on the other hand was clearing balding out from the front. What is more, due to the long length, she had lot of difficulties in hair care and would end up washing hair just once a week, due to which she also developed fungal infection in the scalp. Unfortunately by the time she saw me she had already lost quite a bit of hair and therefore was very willing to following a new hair care regimen. However the same practical evaluation a little earlier would have most probably saved her from going so bald, so fast. Thus even if you look at this issue from a purely a beauty point of view, it does not make sense to have hair-thinning visible when one looks at your face, and have long hair at the back of the head.

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.

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