Q: I have been losing hair since I moved to the Gulf region? Could water be the reason? Is there anything that can be done to prevent hair loss/thinning?

The first thing I would like to tell you is that it is a myth that water is the cause of your hair loss. I do agree it may contribute to dryness of hair and scalp and if not conditioned well may break your hair.

Hair loss is common for all individuals. Human adults lose on average around 100 strands per day. Hair loss can increase due to many factors. There are two kinds of hair loss – ‘breaking’ and ‘non-breaking’.

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Breaking of hair may be due to external factors as pollution, weather, shampoo, combing etc. Non-breaking is again of two types: ‘cicatrical’, due to scars of trauma or skin diseases; and ‘noncicatrical’, mainly shredding types.

Water per se does not cause hair loss. Change of environment, lifestyle and nutrition are main causes. It may get aggravated if there is genetic influence. Hereditary and hormonal factors are the more common causes of hair fall in men.

In women, nutritional deficiency – for instance, excessive weight loss due to unregulated dieting, iron deficiency, and vitamin deficiency – is the major reason for hair loss. The second major reason is stress. Worrying about hair loss can cause further hair loss due to reduced blood flow and oxygen to the hair roots.

Healthy diet and proper hair care remain the main remedies for hair loss. Medical treatments such as platelet-rich plasma, growth factors and stem cells are some of the more advanced forms of therapies to strengthen your hair and prevent further fall. Other medical treatment includes minoxidil and finaestride medications that are more commonly used for male pattern baldness.

Scientifically it is proven that 20-30 per cent of ageing hair can be rejuvenated and revived by appropriate medical treatment. PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) for scalp, stem cell therapy and surgery – like hair transplant – are solutions for people who cannot manage hair loss with nutrition and have unfortunate genetics working against their efforts.

PRP and fat-based stem cell therapy are very effective for many and unlike surgery it has no downtime.

I would recommend you see a doctor, understand why are you losing hair and follow the best treatment for it.

The earlier you seek help, the easier it will be to restore and rejuvenate your hair.

Dr Sanjay Parashar is a plastic surgeon at Cocoona Centre for Aesthetic Transformation, Dubai. Got a problem? Our fantastic panel of renowned experts is available to answer all your questions related to fashion, well-being, nutrition, finance and hypnotherapy. Email your queries to friday@gulfnews.com.