Front hair loss can be quite embarrassing for women, oftentimes making some women hide behind wigs, weaves and other hair covers, said Ayo Otubanjo, a senior consultant with Vinci Hair Clinic.
The expert says that Iya Eko is a colloquial term for Traction Alopecia or front hair loss in Nigeria noting that there are several factors that may influence front hair loss
“There are different types of hair loss with a variety of potential underlying causes. It could be stress, nutritional factors, genetics or an underlying medical condition. In addition to these causes, front hair loss is often caused by certain hair styling; pulling and tugging, tight plaits, tight buns, use of hot styling tools,” said Otubanjo.
Otubanjo explained that solutions to treating front hair loss can be through surgical treatments
“Hair transplant is a surgical method for hair loss treatment. It comprises two types namely Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE),” he said.
According to the expert, explaining Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), in order to achieve a natural-looking result, FUT still remains the most common procedure used in correcting hair loss.
“Hair is removed from the back of the head (donor) which has not been affected by balding or thinning, dissected into grafts under a microscope and prepared to be inserted into the recipient site.
“Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE): This type of transplant involves removing healthy hair directly from the scalp to be carefully placed and planted into the recipient area,” he said.
He further said that another solution can be through Laser Cap Treatment. He explained that the Low-level Laser Therapy (LLLT) or Cold Laser is a painless light technology used in stimulating hair follicles which allows the hair to grow back thicker and fuller.
“Platelet Rich Plasma solution (PRP): The PRP solution boosts stagnant hair follicles into the growth phase and enables improved blood flow to the area treated,” said Otubanjo.
The expert emphasized the need on whom to consult, noting that a hair transplant surgeon, hair loss consultant, or a dermatologist should be consulted.
“These specialists provide advanced diagnosis and treatment on hair thinning and loss. Also, there may be a need for a scalp biopsy to identify the exact cause of hair loss.
“Generally, seeking professional help on matters of the body is essential in helping you combat any medical issues, and this applies equally to hair loss,” he advised.