losing hairAlthough we all go through stages of hair loss, which is natural and a normal part of our hair cycle, hair loss can sometimes signify that there is something else going on in the body. The following four reasons outline some of the causes of hair loss;

Male and female pattern baldness

This condition is a relatively normal part of aging for most men and women however will usually occur on different degrees depending on factors such as gender, ethnicity and genetic predisposition. As we age, less hair enters the growth phase and becomes thinner, more fragile and prone to falling out easily. Women typically present with gradual thinning of the hair all over the scalp, whereas men may have typical hair loss around their temples and on the crown of their head.

Alopecia Areata

This condition can be a result of an underlying medical problem. Alopecia areata can occur in discrete patches where all the hair falls out in one area at once. The severity of the condition differs person to person, it can be just a small patch on a single area for some and others can end up losing more than half of the hair on their scalp.

Telogen Effluvium

This occurs when the hairs are pushed into the telogen (dormant) phase; this can cause a sudden shedding of hair all over the scalp. Telogen Effluvium can be triggered by a physiological or hormonal factor such as childbirth, major surgery or severe infections. Fortunately hair will almost always regrow after three to six months.

Anagen Effluvium

This condition is when hair growth completely stops and can result in complete hair loss. Most often it is the result of chemotherapy, for most patients they find their hair begins to regrow after a few months of stopping treatment. If you think that your hair loss is excessive, unusual or causing you concern then you should contact your doctor, or a hair loss expert for more information.



By Ian Watson


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