The Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists (www.CanadianHair.ca), a Toronto-based organization offering hair-loss treatments for over 25 years, is addressing the growing trend of Millennials seeking treatment for hair loss.
According to a recent report, hair clinics are seeing an increase in the number of Millennials seeking cures for hair loss and are less concerned with the often-hefty price tag that comes with such treatments. (Source: Ganguly, S., “Youngsters spend hair raising amount to fix their hair problems,” The Economic Times web site, December 9, 2015; https://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2015-12-09/news/68899929_1_hair-transplant-hair-loss-berkowits-hair.)
“Hair transplants used to be more of a treatment that was sought as a last resort by older men,” says Ken Robson, founder of the Canadian Institute of Hair and Scalp Specialists. “We’ve now started to see a big increase in the popularity among other demographics, such as women and young people, as they realize how effective these treatments really are.”
In growing international markets like India, the hair-loss industry has been growing by roughly 25% year to year. Millennials are driving a lot of the growth. They are also reported to be less concerned with the costs of treatment, instead pursuing anything which will cure their hair loss.
“Hair transplant surgery is actually one of the most cost-effective options in the long run,” notes Robson. “It’s very possible that young people are actually considering costs, but they’re weighing a one-time fee for a hair transplant against a lifetime of supplements or topical treatments.”
The increased use of hair products and other hair-styling techniques (such as the “man bun” and tight ponytails) are contributing factors to hair loss in youth. As well, stress and hormonal imbalances can speed up the process of hair loss, causing both temporary and permanent thinning.
“Nowadays, a lot of hair loss is caused by lifestyle more than genetics,” says Robson. “We have a lot of younger people who are putting a lot of stress on their hair and that can do permanent damage in a lot of cases. For these people, using a special shampoo or taking a supplement won’t do a thing.”
While hair transplants are the only hair-loss treatment that can permanently restore growing hair, Robson cautions that the increase in Millennials seeking the treatment isn’t necessarily a good sign. Younger adults should be taking special considerations when looking into the treatment option.
“At our clinic, we don’t do hair transplants for anyone under the age of 21,” says Robson. “The best treatment really depends on each person’s individual hair loss. With hair-transplant surgery, we really need to be able to predict the hair-loss pattern, and that can’t be done in the very early stages of hair loss.”
Robson says the first step for anyone—young or old—experiencing hair loss is to be checked out by a professional.
“If someone is considering hair-transplant surgery, then they need to speak with a hair-loss specialist,” says Robson. “What the best option will be really depends on everyone’s unique circumstances. Altering your lifestyle may be sufficient, or you may be a good candidate for a hair transplant. Only a professional can determine what’s right for you.”
The Canadian Institute of Scalp and Hair Specialists is the leading provider of treatment for hair loss in men and women. They offer their clients a number of options, ranging from hair transplant surgery to realistic hair systems.