Is there a way to stop my ageing hair looking so thin?

Shh! Anti-agers no one but you need know about: Is there a way to stop my ageing hair looking so thin?

  • Beauty director Inge van Lotringen advises a reader on slowing hair thinning
  • Trichologist Iain Sallis says wearing your hair in tight styles can cause hair loss
  • Inge advised the reader to see a qualified trichologist for a personal diagnosis

Q I’ve had the same side parting for years and I’m sure it’s becoming wider, making my hair look thinner than it really is. Will it grow back if I change my parting — or is there a way to spot-treat hair loss?

A ‘Parting your hair alone cannot affect hair loss,’ says trichologist Iain Sallis (, who thinks you may be confused with something called traction alopecia.

‘Wearing your hair for prolonged periods in tight styles that consistently pull on the follicle (hence the word “traction”) can result in localised hair loss.

An anonymous reader asked Inge van Lotringen for advice on hair loss problems (file image)

‘Styles such as cornrows or high ponytails can create this kind of tension and problem, but a natural parting will not,’ he says.

If you do feel your parting is getting wider, this may be due to an underlying medical issue that might cause general thinning of the hair, which is then exacerbating the look of the parting.

Iain advises seeing a qualified trichologist to diagnose your situation correctly as a first port of call.

‘Using any product or spot-treatment, such as regrowth lotions or specialist shampoos, may delay the right diagnosis,’ he warns.

He charges £125 for an initial consultation; around the country, prices start at about £65. For a qualified practitioner near you, consult

Inge van Lotringen (pictured) advised the reader to get a diagnosis from a qualified trichologist

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