We’ve been getting a lot of questions relating to hair loss. So we asked Dr Ingrid Wilson from Crewe Hair and Skin Clinic, to help us answer.
Dr Ingrid Wilson is a qualified trichologist, practising GP and a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health. Her interest in hair loss comes from a personal experience of hair loss and the realisation that GPs don’t receive much training in hair loss. This is particularly true for those conditions more common in people with textured hair.
Updated May 2020.
A remote consultation service is in operation due to Covid-19. Appointments can be booked and paid for in advance, details below.
I suffer from thinning hair around the hairline and crown. I need advice on a hairstyle which covers up the thinning areas or a natural-looking wig. Can I get this advice?
Dr Ingrid Wilson suggests:
Underlying reasons for thinning hair
If you’re experiencing thinning around the hairline and crown there may be an underlying reason for this hair loss. There are some hair loss conditions that it could be. In black women, there is a hair loss condition called CCCA which tends to present as a shiny area on the crown which gets bigger over the years. This form of hair loss is potentially permanent if it isn’t treated at an early stage. Consultant dermatologists with an interest in hair care are in the best position to offer treatment.
Cosmetic styling by Ms Hair
From the hairstyling point of view, you could use camouflage fibres to cover up the thin areas. Several brands are available, but I find the most cost-effective option is Ms Hair. This UK black-owned company was set up to help conceal balding by using camouflage fibres. If you enter the discount INGRW90 at the checkout, you get a 10% discount (and Dr Ingrid Wilson gets a commission J).
Before and after using Ms Hair on thinning hair line
Custom made wigs for thinning hair
Alternatively, you can get a custom made hairpiece or wig. This can be created in the colour, style or curl of your choice. You can choose the thickness of the hair; the colour of the cap and they can look very realistic. You can make it from real or synthetic hair. I work with a hairdresser based in Birmingham who is trained to cut wigs. Lavone Inniss from Birmingham Hair Clinic is based in Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield.
On the Crewe Hair and Skin Clinic Facebook page, there is a before and after showing the effect of a makeover with camouflage and hairpieces undertaken at the clinic.
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All answers are given with the caveat that this is assumed to be an enquiry about whether the clinic’s services may be of benefit to them. This is because more weight is often given to what people put on their hair rather than other issues such as general health, nutrition, genetics, medications and hair care practices.
About Dr Ingrid Wilson
Dr Ingrid Wilson is a qualified trichologist, practising GP and a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health. Her interest in hair loss started after a personal experience of hair loss and the realisation that GPs did not receive much training in hair loss. This is particularly true for those conditions more common in people with textured hair. She sees patients with hair loss from all backgrounds at Crewe Hair and Skin Clinic which is a five-minute walk from Crewe train station.
Her clinic is one of the first in the country to offer DNA testing for hair loss, which allows a tailored approach based on DNA profile for androgenetic alopecia (balding), telogen effluvium (hair shedding) and alopecia areata (an autoimmune condition) based on 50 studies.
Dr Ingrid Wilson ‘s Memberships
- International Association of Trichologists
- Medical Member of the Trichological Society
- Affiliate Trichologist member of the British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery
- British Hair and Nail Society (Society of Cosmetic Scientist).
You can follow Dr Ingrid Wilson on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CreweAnd
Telephone: 01270 747 393
Remote Consultation Due To Lockdown
Appointments can be booked and paid for in advance using the booking links on the websites.
Hair loss, acne, rosacea, pigmentation and skin texture concerns:
Telephone :01270 747 393
For the skin concerns it will be possible to arrange for treatment programmes to be delivered direct to peoples’ homes.
Hair loss consultations can be supplemented by skin pick blood tests as appropriate which can be done at home.
Follow up will be at Crewe Hair and Skin Clinic in Crewe (free follow up)
Birmingham, Manchester, and London
Hair loss consultations
These remote consultations are all done with the intention of a follow up face to face when the period of social isolation is over.
Dr Ingrid Wilson can follow up face to face if a treatment programme has been started in Birmingham (Alpha Works); Manchester (Levenshulme Inspire), London (De-Lady Salon or another central London location)
Get in touch with us on our live chat if you have any questions www.hairpopp.com
Does using hair dyes and chemical straighteners really increase the risk of breast cancer in Black women. A recent paper, published in the International Journal of cancer seems to suggest this, however, Dr Ingrid Wilson urges caution and gives Melan Mag, an exclusive analysis of the facts in the study.
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