Club Hair – A hair shaft defect appearing in a variety of ways with similarities to other shaft affections. The following is not to aid self diagnosis but to offer information for your perusal. If you would like further advice on this or any other hair shaft defect, hair loss or scalp condition or you would like to book a consultation please contact the advice line above or complete the contact page.
Is the Club hair a natural process? The sudden ceasing of production of new cells causing the hair shaft to become club shaped. This process occurs naturally as the hair shaft moves to its resting stage through catagen.
The club shape acts as a wedge to prevent the hair from falling. The hair within its follicle is no longer receiving nutrients and sits waiting to fall in a lifeless state. Natural washing, combing, brushing and styling etc is will eventually assist these hairs to leave the follicle. These club hairs tend to remain within the hair follicle until the new hair is formed which assists in its epilation.
Can the club hair indicate a hair loss condition? Although these club hairs form part of our natural cycle it should be noted that many hair loss conditions will present such hair formations. For example, telogen effluvium, representing the premature movement of hair follicles from anagen (growth phase) to telogen (resting phase) hence the formation of an increased number of clubbed hairs. The key with dealing with this or any form of hair shedding is to speak with a trichologist who will tell you exactly what is happening.
Is there treatment for club hairs? Treatment may be offered in many cases of such hair loss. Primary concern should be to establish a diagnosis from a professional trichologist. We are best placed to offer treatment if appropriate. Club hair may be helped through a process of stimulation to encourage the hairs to shed allowing new growth to push through.