There are times when women comb their hair, they notice more strands coming out from the crown. In fact, a bald spot is easily visible. They might blame tying their hair into a high ponytail for long or stress for the hair loss at the crown. But these might not be the reasons for hair thinning. Turns out, your genes do have a role in you losing your hair. Read on to find out why hair loss happens at the crown and what you can do about it.
HealthShots connected with Mumbai-based aesthetic dermatologist Dr Akanksha Sanghvi and Delhi-based dermatologist and hair transplant surgeon Dr Navnit Haror to know about hair loss at the crown.
Cause of hair loss at the crown
Dr Haror says that typically, hair loss in women, including from the crown area, is genetic. The most common condition is called female pattern hair loss or Androgenic Alopecia which happens if both your parents transfer certain genes. This often starts when you hit your 40s or 50s. It is a progressive hair loss pattern seen commonly in the crown and parting of the hair. It is due to androgens affecting the hair follicles in these areas, leading to gradual thinning and shortening of hair follicles and eventual reduction of the total number of hair follicles.
A widening or dispersal of hair thickness may be the first sign of female pattern baldness. That is a feeling and clearly visible sight of hair no longer being as thick as they were once, says Dr Haror.
It is common in women with genetic tendencies to have female pattern hair loss due to androgen-mediated mechanisms, says Dr Sanghvi. It happens to be one of the most common forms of hair loss in women. However, it is much less common than reversible diffuse hair loss or telogen effluvium which is triggered by –
• Prolonged illness
• Thyroid disorders
Can you regrow hair at the crown?
In a lot of cases, when you detect a problem early, it can be easily tackled. The same goes for hair loss at the crown. Dr Sanghvi says that early female pattern hair loss can be treated by using oral medications which block androgen activity at affected areas. These medications can help to control the gradual thinning and shortening of the hair follicles and prevent balding.
Apart from oral medications, there are topical medications like minoxidil that have shown promising results in women with mild to moderate female pattern hair loss.
Can you stop crown from thinning?
Many like to go for home remedies like banana to combat hair loss. There are some other treatments that can help if you have moderate female pattern hair loss.
1. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
It is derived from your blood, just like a blood test, and is a concentrated plasma solution-rich in platelets.
2. Growth Factor Concentrate (GFC)
This hair loss treatment is a modified and advanced form of PRP. It involves the use of a maximum concentration of platelets and deriving all growth factors within the concentrate for better results and increased hair growth, explains Dr Sanghvi. These growth factors and platelets help to promote the survival, formation, division, and maturation of cells in the body as well as help in the repair and healing mechanisms required for their growth and existence.
These treatments promote hair growth, help in getting thicker hair strands growth and reduce hair fall.