Hair Loss

Alopecia: noun, loss of hair, esp on the head; baldness

Everyone’s trigger for hair loss or alopecia is different.

It could be caused by a hormonal imbalance, an autoimmune disease, trauma or a combination of these triggers.

It might start with alopecia areata, which sometimes progresses to alopecia totalis (loss of facial and scalp hair) or alopecia universalis (loss of body hair in addition to face and scalp).

Or you might notice the diffuse hair loss known as telogen effluvium or female pattern baldness.

In the UK you will likely be referred to a dermatologist which is potentially not going to help at all.

If your hair loss is alopecia (an autoimmune disease that happens to cause hair loss) you’ve just been sent to a skin specialist!

Equally if your hair loss is triggered by hormonal imbalances caused by perimenopause seeing a skin specialist is of limited benefit.

You will be told that there is no cure, which is more than a little depressing as we’ve come to expect that our doctors can prescribe a pill or a lotion to fix just about anything.

You may have tried different solutions that either worked or failed to varying degrees. It’s not surprising given that everyone’s trigger is different: for example, the guy who was in a nasty car accident who’s hair started to fall out in patches three months later; or the woman who just woke up one morning and discovered a small bald spot; or the super-sporty boy who broke his leg and was stuck on the sofa for 12 weeks without any exercise.

All of these people have alopecia and that’s really the only thing that they have in common. Like the woman who woke up one morning and found a mysterious bald spot, there might not even have been an explicit trigger for you.

As a Functional Health Coach my role is to partner with you and support you to find out the root cause of your hair loss. Using Functional Medicine as a base we will explore together the best method for you to find optimum health. I’m not selling shampoos or weird lotions and potions. We’re going to start on the inside and work our way out using a structured process. Between 70 and 80% of your immune system can be found in your gut.


We’ll co-create micro habit changes for you, and experiment to see how you and your body react to these changes. It’s not going to be easy. You will have to put in the work, and I will support you to become the healthiest (and happiest) version of you.

I know what you’re thinking… “Why do I need a health coach, couldn’t I just do this by myself?” Yes, you could absolutely embark upon this mission by yourself! However, it will take you many hundreds of hours to research appropriate protocols to try, then you need to implement them, and stick to them for at least three months. Are you good at motivating yourself? If you have a huge amount of time to dedicate to alopecia and strong self-discipline it’s entirely possible.

After all that’s what I did! I’ve spent thousands of hours researching alopecia, had appointments with many conventional medicine consultants and obtained multiple second opinions. It was only when I shifted my area of focus to Functional Medicine that hair regrowth started. I then decided to formalise my learning with Chris Kresser’s ADAPT Functional Health Coach course, and subsequently became board certified (NBC-HWC).

I’m happy to work with your doctor or nutritionist/dietitian. Equally if you would like to work with a Functional Medicine doctor in the UK I can recommend one to you -I’m not paid any referral fees.

The best place to start is with the info in my course (you can choose lifetime or monthly access). The monthly option also gives you a free group coaching session each month. https://practicalhealthcoach.thinkific.com/

If you’re ready to make some changes and want to discuss your specific case in more detail before deciding if coaching is right for you here’s a link to my calendar:https://calendly.com/practicalhealthcoach/60min

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