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| HAIR LOSS| If your crowning glory now looks thin or keeps falling out, various factors could be responsible air loss can be a major cause of anxiety for both women and men, but we naturally shed 50-100 hairs a day. Our shedding is also cyclical – hair has a period of growth, followed by a period of rest, and then it starts to shed, so if you find your hairbrush getting fuller than usual, this could be normal, but if your hair has become patchy or thinner, it’s best to consult a professional. Losing locks H Dr Christian says... ‘Any form of hair loss, particularly if it’s really substantial or if it happens at a young age, can be extremely distressing. If you’re unhappy about it, like I was, it’s up to you to do something about it. Wearing a wig or having a hair implant is nothing to be ashamed of if it makes you feel better.’ FEMALE TRAITS Female pattern baldness does not display a classic pattern of hair loss – the hair thins all over the scalp, with a focus on the top and crown. The condition is caused by changes in the level of androgens (male hormones), which usually comes about after the menopause (although the condition can affect men as well). WHAT CAN BE DONE? Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can help in extreme cases. However, consulting a hairdresser about the best style and colour to help disguise thinning hair can often be an effective solution. HAIR CARE: A DIET RICH IN PROTEIN WILL HELP KEEP YOUR HAIR HEALTHY hair loss. Other options include a hair transplant or investing in a good wig. ALOPECIA MALE TRAITS Also known as androgenetic alopecia, male pattern baldness describes the typical pattern of hair loss that affects at least half of men from the age of about 50. Hair is lost usually from around the temples first, and then from the crown of the head. A genetic sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is the primary cause of male pattern baldness. DHT prompts hair follicles to shrink, which shortens their lifespan and leads to thinner hair being produced, or none at all. WHAT CAN BE DONE? There is medication available to restore hair growth in the early stages of the condition, and also to prevent further ‘THE BEST THING I DID’ IRON DEFICIENCY One of the most common of all nutritional deficiencies is a lack of In 2009, Dr Christian Jessen underwent a hair transplant operation to fill out his hairline. ‘I’ve had very high temples since I was a teenager, which gave me quite an “academic” look, I hated, it,’ he explains. ‘My hairline wasn’t receding, I just wanted to alter the shape of it.’ The operation was uncomfortable, but he’s delighted with the results. ‘I’m really pleased I had it done,’ he says. ✱ 116 | MARCH 2012 WORDS: Holly Quayle | PHOTOGRAPH: Getty Images The term ‘alopecia’ strictly refers to any type of hair loss, but it is associated with patchy or total loss. It is caused by an autoimmune disorder, whereby the hair follicles are attacked by the body and antibodies form against them, stopping normal hair growth. Alopecia areata causes sudden hair loss in patches anywhere on the body, whereas alopecia totalis refers to total loss of hair on the head only. Alopecia universalis is loss of all hair on the head and body. WHAT CAN BE DONE? Topical steroids or Retin-A creams can help, as well as steroid injections in severe cases. iron, which can cause hair to fall out. A deficiency can develop from heavy menstruation or bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract, or from not getting enough of this mineral in your diet. Certain medications can also interfere with iron absorption. WHAT CAN BE DONE? After an iron deficiency has been diagnosed, and the underlying cause investigated, an oral iron supplement and a change in diet will usually rectify the situation.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AT Home with Christian Jessen - March 2011

EDITOR'S LETTER
A WARM WELCOME FROM DR CHRISTIAN
NEWS
SAVE THE DATE
DEFENSIVE EATING
SLEEPING BEAUTY
SPOIL YOURSELF
FAMOUS FIGURES
WIN TOP PRIZES
DR JESSEN, I PRESUME
FEEL-GOOD FACTOR
A BEAUTIFUL MIND
PROTECT YOURSELF
GETTING OVER IT
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON
WHAT LIES BENEATH
SUGAR HIGHS AND LOWS
WHAT'S UP, DOC?
ON THE RUN
SMOKING GUN
FRESHLY GROUND
I CAN'T EAT THAT
OFF THE SCALES
WALKING TALL
IN GOOD HANDS?
GIRLS ONLY
IN THE BLOOD
PERIOD PROPERTIES
FERTILITY HELP
A WEE ISSUE
UNDER YOUR HAT
CONFESSIONS OF AN ALCOHOLIC
DANGER ZONE
BODY BASICS
HEART-STOPPING MOMENTS
BACK TO BASICS
WALKING ON SUNSHINE
THE SKIN YOU LIVE IN
LISTEN UP
EYESORE
IN PLAIN SIGHT
DOWN UNDER
BUMP 'N GRIND
LET'S TALK ABOUT SEX
MAN TALK
DO YOU KNOW YOUR BMI?
I'LL HAVE A 'P' PLEASE
BOYS DON'T CRY
TO THE EXTREME
THREE-DAY SLIM DOWN
TOTALLY ADDICTED TO CAKE
JUST A PINCH
GYM JAMS
THEY'RE DOING WHAT?
GOTTA HAVE IT
EYES WIDE SHUT
PETER PAN PLAN
HOW OLD?
HOW OLD?
FUZZ FREE
FUZZ FREE
CUT HERE
CUT HERE
ON THE MEND
ON THE MEND
KNOW YOUR NIP/TUCKS
KNOW YOUR NIP/TUCKS
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
STAY SAFE ABROAD
STAY SAFE ABROAD
SAY CHEESE!
SAY CHEESE!
IVORY TOWER
IVORY TOWER
MOUTH MAYHEM
MOUTH MAYHEM
COMING SOON
COMING SOON
LIGHTEN UP
LIGHTEN UP
COULD YOU BE A GUINEA PIG?
COULD YOU BE A GUINEA PIG?
HEADS UP
HEADS UP
LAST WORD
LAST WORD
STOCKISTS
STOCKISTS

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