This type of hair loss is also called Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA).
It can begin in the middle part of the hair and gradually spread out; we call this the 'Christmas Tree" effect.
It can also begin in the temple areas; you will start to notice that the hair in the temples gradually gets thinner and begins to move back.
This type of hair loss is also referred to as Androgenetic Alopecia; for most men, it begins in the temple areas. They will notice their crown thinning followed by the center of their hair in-between the temples, and gradually these thinning areas grow larger and eventually join together, leaving men with no hair on the crown. Signs of Male Pattern Hair Loss can begin in teenage years but are most commonly spotted in their 30s. It is caused by the miniaturization of the follicle.
Miniaturization occurs due to a hormone called DHT, DHT is the by-product of testosterone and an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase, causing the hair to become smaller and weaker.
This type of hair loss often occurs when people are going through a stressful time in their life, medication introductions, or adjustments or after surgery. Typically it lasts less than six months; however, chronic telegenic effluvium can last years and, if not treated, can become permanent.
Anagen Effluvium is the sudden fallout of hair during the growing phase. This typically is the result of medications related to chemotherapy. It is important to hydrate and stimulate the scalp through massage during this time to ensure health and efficient hair growth once treatments are complete.
Throughout our life, we experience hormone changes, beginning with puberty, throughout our childbearing years, and finally, menopause. Whether you are taking the birth control pill or are taking hormone replacement therapy, hormones can have a direct effect on your hair. You will usually begin to see the hair in your temple areas gradually move back and slowly become thinner, and this can also happen on the crown of the head.
Trichotillomania is a condition in which the person involved has a compulsive habit of pulling their hair. Some find great comfort in it, while others are unaware that they are doing it. It often provides great relief to the individual but can cause permanent hair loss. The pulling can break and fracture the hair strands, and in severe cases where the root is extracted, the follicle can become permanently damaged, unable to regrow hair. Seeking the advice of a medical doctor and Trichologist is often recommended.
Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia is becoming more and more common. It's when the front hairline (typically in women) loses most, or all of the hair, and the forehead is extended. This is typically a scarring type of hair loss. However, there are solutions to manage it.
Traction Alopecia occurs typically from over styling of the hair. When there is a substantial amount of pulling, from tight braids, ponytails, or improperly placed extensions, the result is damaged follicles, and if not corrected, this condition can cause permanent hair loss. We suggest exploring gentler styling techniques and seeking the advice of a Trichologist to assess the extent of the damage.
CCCA is a type of hair loss that is common in African American women as a result of years of over styling. Often occurring in the center of the head, the hair itself has been broken repeatedly, and the damage continues down into the hair shaft causing permanent damage. Gentler styling techniques are highly recommended, and seeking the advice of a Trichologist to assess the extent of damage is recommended.
Ainflammatory scarring type of hair loss that occurs as patchy hair loss on the scalp. Scaling and redness can occur around the follicle, and symptoms include burning, itching, and often pain or tenderness.