Types of Hair Loss

Hair loss can come in lots of different forms and affects all different types of people. It affects both men and women as well as people of all ages, including children. It is not just a problem for older adult males, although it is most commonly associated with that age group. If you are experiencing hair loss the first step is trying to determine the root of the cause. Some hair loss is completely natural. If your hair loss is not natural it can sometimes be difficult to ascertain what is causing it because there are so many factors that can contribute to it.

The different types of hair loss also vary a great deal. Some types are permanent while some are temporary. Sometimes hair loss is scarring and sometimes non-scarring. Scarring hair loss causes your scalp to become inflamed and is usually the result of autoimmune condition or autoimmune reactions – your body is actually attacking your own hair or scalp. Non-scarring hair loss is characterized by shrinking hair follicles. With the latter, the hair can grow back once the problem is corrected.

Sometimes hair loss can be caused my skin conditions or medical conditions like hormonal or other endocrine imbalances. Medications you may be taking can also have side effects that include hair loss. Medical professionals can help to determine the exact cause of your hair loss and help you take steps to remedy it. Quick treatment is important for any types of scarring hair loss because the follicles become damaged and your hair will not grow back. With children, hair loss is less common, but there are many, many possible causes.

Androgenic Alopecia

Androgenic alopecia is more commonly referred to as male pattern or female pattern baldness. It is the most common cause of hair loss seen in older adults, both male and female. It is more common in males. It is dictated by genetics, which generally means that if either of your parents experienced it, there is a good likelihood that you will as well. The onset varies, but it usually begins to emerge gradually as you get older.

Hair Loss In Men

In men, hair loss is one of the expected signs of aging. Hair thinning and then loss go hand-in-hand with gradually developing wrinkles and other indicators of age. It is not uncommon at all, especially in men. That natural hair loss is not caused by wearing hats, stress nor your diet, but instead the body’s natural aging process. The hair itself goes through a process, changing from mature hair into what is known as vellus hair or peach fuzz. Hair loss is usually gradual when it occurs naturally. Androgenic alopecia is natural.

Hair Loss In Women

Androgenic alopecia in women is a bit different than in men and is reacted to differently. In our society it is not viewed as part of the natural aging process, although it actually is for many women. Unlike in men it usually presents more as thinning hair than vellus hair and then baldness. There are a lot of myths associated with female pattern hair loss – mainly that it is caused by stress or illness.

There are also causes of hair loss that are less natural and that women are more likely to experience. Excessive used of hair dyes and other hair treatments that over-process the hair can lead to hair loss. Women are more likely to engage in these activities than men and it can be very damaging to the scalp and hair over time. Certain hairstyles like tight pony tails can also cause hair loss.

Hair Loss In Children

Hair loss is much less common in children than in older adults. In children it also usually indicates an illness or other condition and there are an array of causes. The most common cause is something known as alopecia areata. Ringworm on the scalp can also cause hair loss as well as malnutrition caused by anemia, overgrowth of the oil glands on the scalp, congenital disorders and even emotional distress. Compulsively twisting or tugging on the hair can result in it falling out as well. If your child is experiencing hair loss it is important to consult a medical professional.