I'm new to the board and I have a growing concern about my hair.
Iím 20 years of age (almost 21) and I live in England.
My head/scalp itches like mad until I itch it and I see hairs (including the white bulb at the end of the strand) falling out. Also, I seem to have a build up of dandruff on my scalp. When I itch my head I have quite a bit of dead skin cells under my nails.
My head constantly tingles all over.
I have noticed a severe increase in the amount of hairs Iím shedding. After one night sleep my pillow, which is dark in colour, has many stands of hair on it. At work I scratch my head to stop the itching and many ( 8 or so) stands fall out.
I havenít got a receding hairline from what I can tell. Maybe slightly at the front (a slight M) but I can see new little hairs growing at the top of my forehead.
My hair is incredibly greasy, so I wash it everyday with my usual shampoo. I have recently (6 months ago) moved to London which from my research is a ďhard water zoneĒ from a mild/soft water zone (Worcestershire near Birmingham UK) maybe this had inflamed my scalp. But I recently (2 weeks ago) switched to washing my hair with bottled spring water, but sadly to no avail (head still itches like mad).
Also, I have very fair hair!! My father is bald and starting going bald in his mid twenties. His father had fair hair but had some hair left on his crown before he passed away (unlike my dadsí hair). My mothers side of the family have got very good hair and none had suffered from any kind of hair loss. My mother has very fine hair too.
I think I may see a dermatologist but for a consultation fee of £180 Iím not to keen.
Any input on the matter would be much appreciated.