Hair loss affects not only your physical appearance but your confidence and self esteem as well. Studies have found that hair loss patients admitted they started feeling less confident ever since they started losing hairs in bulk. But the bad news is that no matter what preventive measures you take, you will lose some hair density over time. Everyone experiences some type of hair loss at some stage in a lifetime, but not every thinning is the same. Sometime hair loss is just seasonal, while in another case it can be a symptom of some underlying disease. Whatever the underlying cause may be, identifying your hair loss type is essential for better treatment.
The most common type of hair loss that primarily affects men, but women are also not safe. Also known as patterned baldness, androgenic alopecia is a kind of hormonal hair loss which is caused by increased levels of Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body. Testosterone is a male reproductive hormone that gives them manly traits. But under the action of androgens, this hormone starts converting into Dihydrotestosterone, and DHT is harmful for your hair follicles. It causes miniaturization of hair follicles, affecting their ability to grow hair. Over time, the follicle permanently loses its ability to regrow hair. Over 70% of men suffer from androgenic alopecia at some stage in their lifetime.
It is an autoimmune disease of skin that causes hair shedding. In this condition, the immune system of your body starts attacking the hair follicles, causing them to shed hair and stop hair growth. However, the good news about Alopecia Areata is that unlike Androgenic Alopecia it does not damage the hair follicles permanently and the follicles are always ready to grow hairs, give favorable conditions are provided to them. This type of hair loss starts with a couple of circular bare patches on the scalp, and if not treated in time, it can extend to the entire scalp and the face as well.
It a fairly common type of hair loss that affects both men and women, in fact the latter are at a greater risk. Traction alopecia is caused by constant pulling of hair strands. This exerts pressure on the follicles, weakening them over the time. It is seen most commonly in men and women who wear tight hairstyles – tight braids, buns, cornrows and dreadlocks etc. However, the good news is that cure for traction alopecia is very well in the hands of the patient. By changing your styling routine, you can effectively cure and reverse damage caused by traction alopecia.
Researchers have rated Telogen effluvium as the second most common type of hair loss, after androgenic alopecia. However, it is more a symptom than a condition. To explain Telogen effluvium in simple words, take it as an unusual situation in which more than normal hairs undergo Telogen phase of the hair growth cycle, triggering hair loss. There are numerous factors that can trigger such a hair loss, with physical or emotional stress and trauma being the most common causes. However, by removing the underlying cause, the hair loss can be effectively controlled.
All hair loss types except Androgenic alopecia are temporary and can be effectively cured with simple lifestyle changes and medications. However, Androgenic Alopecia can be treated only through hair transplant surgery.
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