What is your type of Hair Loss

Before we actually start talking about the type of hair Loss, it is important to consider the properties and trait of a single strand of hair; which is called Follicle. Each follicle is categorized with its life cycle that is influenced by age, life style, disease, and other factors.

This life cycle is divided into three phases:

  • Anagen — hair growth that lasts between two to six years
  • Catagen — hair growth that lasts two to three weeks
  • Telogen – This is also called resting stage. It lasts about two to three months; at the end of the resting phase the hair is shed and a new hair replaces it and the cycle continue.

Now let’s see what are the types of hair loss:

  1. Involution Alopecia: This condition comes with the increasing age. Follicles get thinner and shorter. More hair follicles go into the resting phase, and the remaining hairs become shorter and fewer in number.
  2. Androgenic Alopecia : This type of hair loss is associated with genetic condition that can affect both men and women.
  3. Men (Male pattern Baldness): The condition like receding hairline and gradual disappearance of hair from the crown and frontal scalp can begin suffering hair loss as early as their teens or early 20s.
  4. Women (Female pattern baldness): Genetically alopecia affected female may experience a general thinning over the entire scalp, with the most extensive hair loss at the crown. Ironically, they would not experience noticeable thinning until their 40s or later.
  5. Alopecia Areata: This type of Hair loss is all of a sudden that causes patchy hair loss in children and young adults. This condition may result in complete baldness (alopecia totalis), but in about 90% of people with the condition, the hair returns within a few years.
  6. Alopecia universalis: This type of Hair losscauses all body hair to fall out, including the eyebrows, eyelashes, and pubic hair.
  7. Trichotillomania:It is a psychological disorder in which a person pulls out one’s own hair. It is seen most frequently in children
  8. Telogen effluvium: A temporary hair thinning over the scalp that occurs because of changes in the growth cycle of hair. A large number of hairs enter the resting phase at the same time, causing hair shedding and subsequent thinning.