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Hair loss or Baldness or Alopecia occurs to everyone during the daily activities as you can lose tens to hundred hairs every single day. Well, that’s not the problem, as such hair loss is a natural cycle where the old hairs are replaced by the new one. You actually have more than a hundred thousand hairs so losing hundred of them isn’t actually a problem. However, hair loss becomes increasing due to the aging. There are various types of hair loss:

Involutional Alopecia

This type of hair loss is actually a natural process where the hair gets thinner due to the aging. This happens as the most of the hair follicles entering the resting stage this will make hairs shorter and fewer.

Androgenic Alopecia

This type of hair loss genetically occurs in both women and men. Men with Androgenic alopecia will experience the hair loss even they’re in the early 20s or teens, it’s usually called as male pattern baldness. The hair loss mainly affects the frontal side of the scalp and the hairline is receded as the hair is gradually lost. When it happens to women, it’s called female pattern baldness which usually occurs at 40’s. They’ll experience thinning and hair loss mostly at the crown scalp.

Alopecia universalis

The hair loss affects the entire body parts including the head scalp, body hair, eyelashes, and so forth.

Trichotillomania

This type of hair loss usually affects the children. Trichotillomania is actually a psychological disorder where children tend to pull out the hair.

Telogen Effluvium

The hair loss and thinning occur temporarily due to the changes in the hair growth cycle. Most of The hair follicles enter the phase of resting altogether at the same time. The hair will be shedding and thinning for a period of time.

Scarring Alopecia

This is the permanent hair loss which is caused by the scars that eliminate the regeneration ability of your hair. The scars are generated by some inflammatory conditions on the skin like acne, cellulite, folliculitis and other skin disorders. Permanent hair loss can also be caused by rough and hot combs, tight pulling, or other hurting action.

There are various factors that can generate the hair loss. Each of factor has its own special treatments.

Genes

As you got a parent with a genetic hair loss, whether it’s your mother or father, then it’s possible that you’ll experience the male or female pattern hair loss.

Hormones

Hair loss can be caused by the abnormal level of androgens which are the male hormones.

Physical and Psychological Condition

If you’re in a stress condition, after birth, or simply ill, you may experience the temporary hair loss. Certain fungal infections can affect the scalp and result in temporary hair loss which requires fungal disinfection.

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Wound or Scarring

As you get wound or injuries may lead to hair loss temporarily on the wounded area. However, it can be a permanent hair loss as the scarring occur as the wound is healed. Scarring on the skin may result in permanent hair loss.

Medication

A temporary hair loss can be caused by drugs used in cancer medication, beta-androgenic blood pressure controller, certain pills. Long-term medication may cause a permanent hair loss.

Medical Condition

Severe diseases including lupus, diabetes, anemia, iron deficiency, thyroid, and so forth have a high contribution to hair loss. As the diseases are well treated, the hair loss could be temporary. However, the scarring occurs due to lupus or the follicular disorders may lead to permanent hair loss.

Diet

When you’re on protein and calorie diet when it goes severely restricted, a temporary hair loss may occur.

Autoimmune Disease

autoimmune Disease may cause alopecia areata as the immune system affects the hair follicles. However, the hair loss seems to be temporary for most people as their hair grows back. It may take sometimes as the color and thickness are back to normal.

Aesthetic Procedure

The hair thinning can occur due to bleaching, dyeing, high frequency of shampooing, and other procedures that generate the brittleness and weakness of your hair. Blowing with high heat, curling with hot curlers or rollers, combing tangled or curled hair may damage your hair. You can lose hair through these procedures but you won’t experience baldness. You can grow your hair back as you stop the procedures or solve the root of the problems. However, a permanent hair loss or baldness can occur when the procedures severely damage your head scalp or follicles.

As you’ve seen that there are various types of hair loss and various causing factors. This is a very important knowledge so you can identify your hair loss problem. Each identification of hair loss problems may lead to different treatments. The common hair loss cases are pattern hair loss, telogen effluvium, and alopecia areata. At this point, we know that there two major cause categories: scarring or inflammation and medical condition or medication.

There are various treatments for hair loss including medications and hair transplants. You can overcome the alopecia areata with continuous steroid injection treatment. Hair loss can be effectively treated through hair transplants. Follicular Unit Transplantation(FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction(FUE) are two types of hair transplants that can effectively overcome the hair loss. In FUT the healthy hair follicles stripped from the donor area which is usually back of your head, divide them into grafts, and then replanted to the donor are where the baldness occurs. In the FUE, the hair follicles are individually pulled out from the donor area using micro punches, and then replanted to the recipient through incisions previously made.

The FUT and FUE hair transplants require a surgery procedure, so you can’t do it by yourself. You need to visit and consult doctors first to determine what types of hair loss you are suffered from. Once it’s identified, the doctor can determine the accurate treatments to overcome your hair loss problem, whether it should be hair transplants or medication.

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