There are a lot of different types of hair loss and a lot of people don’t realise how different they all are. As there are so many difference types and causes of hair loss, they can differ in how they can be treated. Some can be permanent and others aren’t, and they’re all restored differently. Today we’re looking into three of the most common types of hair loss, and if they can be restored.
Androgenic alopecia is the most common type of hair loss and it affects an estimate of 70% of men, and 40% of women during their lifetimes, it is commonly called male pattern baldness. Hair loss from male pattern baldness occurs as a result of the hair follicles shrinking due to the effects of androgenic hormones.
The two androgens that are involved in the process of male pattern hair loss are testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT). These hormones break down the hair growth cycle and progressively shorten it. The shedding phase of our cycle remains the same, meaning you lose hair faster than it can grow.
Over time you’ll lose a lot of your hair due to male pattern baldness and there is no cure to stop this from happening. However, with the use of an FUE hair transplant, the hair can be restored and you can restore the appearance of a full head of hair.
There are a lot of hair loss types that fall under the category of non-pattern hair loss. Non-pattern hair loss is most common in women than men and some of the most common causes include the following;
Trichotillomania (compulsive hair pulling): hair loss due to compulsive pulling is typically patchy as people tend to concentrate the pulling in selected areas. Hair loss due to trichotillomania is usually due to a psychological or emotional reason and it can be treated effectively.
Alopecia areata: Alopecia areata is a type of hair loss that will need a medical examination to be diagnosed. It is an autoimmune disorder that causes patchy hair loss and can cause thinning hair to extensive areas of baldness. There is currently no cure for alopecia areata; however, there are some treatments that can help with the hair loss.
Diet: Your diet and hair loss are closely linked and some foods can cause hair loss, whereas certain food can actually help maintain healthy hair. It is important to eat a balanced diet to help your hair, and body stay healthy. If you’re suffering from hair loss related to your diet this is something that can easily be amended, with no treatment required.
Telogen effluvium happens when a large number of hair follicles enter the resting stage, this can happen for a number of different reasons including:
Stress: Both physical and emotion stress, such as surgeries, severe illness and emotion stress can cause hair loss. Our bodies shut down production of hair during periods of stress, as it is not necessary for survival. Instead, our body devotes its energies towards repairing vital body structures. There is around a three-month delay between the event of stress and the onset hair loss.
Our hair follicles enter the resting stage during the stressful period and tend to finally shed after around three months. If this stressful period has come to an end our hair growth cycle will return to normal and we’ll notice our hair growing as normal after a couple of months, with no treatment needed.
Thyroid abnormalities and medications: high doses of vitamin A, Blood pressure medications and gout medications can cause telogen effluvium as one of their side effects. Again, this hair loss can stop if you stop taking the medication (something that should be discussed with your doctor) and does not need treatment.
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