talkhealth webinar:

Hair loss with Dr Sharon Wong

Thursday 12 November - 1 pm (BST)

Regardless of our age or gender, hair - or lack therof - plays a huge part in our identity.  Losing hair can be really distressing, particularly if you don't know why it's happening or have any way of slowing down the process.

We conducted some research on hair loss and thinning which found that 76.5% of 650 members surveyed were living with some kind of hair loss or thinning. 74% of those were women, the majority of whom were aged between 31 and 60 - meaning that hair loss is a huge concern for many. Shedding and balding can be caused by a number of things including hormonal shifts or disorders, stress, nutritional deficiencies, genetics and age. 6.5 million men live with mal pattern baldness in the UK, with 25% losing a noticeable amount of hair by the time they reach 30.

Pattern baldness aside, alopecia is a cause of hair loss, with two in every 1,000 people in the UK living with Alopecia Areata (an autoimmune condition that causes hair to fall out in patches).  There are so many different types of hair loss - from hair pulling to telegenic effluvium (excessive hair shedding), traction alopecia (from tight hair styles) to scarring hair loss.

In this webinar, we will look at the following:

  • Common causes of hair loss
  • How to talk to your hair dresser about hair loss
  • What cosmetic options are available
  • Medicating hair loss
  • Every day self-management
  • Stress and hair loss

Consultant profile:

We'll be joined by consultant dermatologist and hair expert Dr Sharon Wong.  A spokesperson for the British Skin Foundation, she's also a medical advisor for the Cicatrical Alopecia Research Foundation and a member of numerous prestigious medical societies.  She currently provides medical and surgical treatments for a range of skin conditions and is one of the few dermatologists in London who specialises in treating hair and scalp disorders.

Her interest in hair goes beyond simply offering treatments; Dr Wong created Get Ahead of Hair Loss (GAoHL), a public education platform designed to raised awareness of hair loss. Check it out here.