Types of Hair Loss and Solutions


Posted on Aug 22, 2018 at 8:52 AM

Hair loss is fairly common and has even become the norm for men, especially of a certain age. Hair loss also affects women but is not as widely accepted. To give you an example, about 50 million men in the United States will lose about 50% of their hair by the time they turn 50. Although the number of women is not as high, it is noteworthy that about 30 million women in the United States have will suffer the same fate.

While hair loss can be a side effect of an illness, the actual loss of hair is not something that affects someone’s health. However, since hair is often part of our identity, losing it can cause emotional and psychological distress, especially for women.

There are a few types of hair loss and they are classified based on the region where the hair loss is taking place.

  • Alopecia Areata is one of the most common types of hair loss. An issue with the autoimmune system causes it and it is described as round bald spots not just on the scalp but all areas that are covered by hair.
    • Solution – Wearing wigs or having hair implants is a common solution for alopecia areata.
  • Traction Alopecia occurs when the hair roots are pulled constantly over a long period. Tight hats or some hairstyles such as braids, cause tension on the hair.
    • Solution – If signs of traction alopecia are present, it is recommended that you change your hairstyle or stop wearing hats for some time.
  • Trichotillomania is a medical issue, which makes people literally pull out their hair. The person suffering from it will feel a great need to pull out hair from the scalp, eyebrows and other areas of the body.
    • Solution – The solution for trichotillomania is to consult a doctor, which will advise if medications and therapy are required.
  • Tinea Capitis, also known as ringworm of the scalp, is a fungal infection which affects hair. It appears as bald areas with black dots, the dots being the areas where hair used to be.
    • Solution – Consult a doctor who will prescribe treatment with antifungal antibiotics.
  • Telogen Effluvium is a phase of hair growth. Hair will go through a few phases as it grows and Telogen is one of them. Telogen is also known as the resting phase before it sheds and starts to grow again. Hair loss is a common occurrence during this phase as the hair is weak and will easily break during normal brushing.
    • Solution – Because the phase followed by telogen is growth, there is no treatment required. However, it is best to consult a specialist to determine if it is indeed telogen and not another medical condition.
  • Androgenetic Alopecia, also known as “male baldness”. It is the most common type of hair loss in men; however, it also affects women, but in smaller numbers. Issues regarding genetics and hormones cause it.
    • Solution – Wearing hats, wigs and even undergoing hair transplant is a common solution for Androgenetic alopecia.
  • Male pattern baldness is something that some men begin to show in their 20s and half of men will show it by the time they reach age 50. The hair begins to fade starting from the temples revealing the letter “M” as men age.
    • Solution – Because it is so common, most men just live with it. However, there are solutions for it such as hair transplants.

Should you or someone you know be suffering from hair loss, we recommend you consult with your doctor first and then contact My Choice Hair to schedule an appointment with one of our experts. Our team of professionals treats all customers with the utmost respect and will make every effort to help you find a hair loss solution that works for you.

 

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