Types of Hairloss
Male Pattern Baldness
Male Pattern Baldness is both genetic and associated with the male sex hormones called androgens. Androgens have many functions, one of which is to regulate hair growth.
Normally, an individual strand of hair grows for two to six years, goes through a resting stage for several months, falls out, and is replaced by a new hair strand. With male pattern baldness, the hair follicle becomes smaller. It grows shorter and finer strands, and eventually stops growing hair altogether.
There are a number of reasons why men start to go bald, but if you are a man between the ages of about 20 to 45 and you start to lose scalp hair, then the chances are 95% certain that you are experiencing male pattern baldness. As the term suggests, male pattern baldness follows a typical sequence or pattern. Hair loss can start in different areas but is usually at the temples and/or on the crown of the head. Initial thinning of hair progresses over a number of years and may lead to total baldness but more typically loss of hair over the top surface of the head.
Female Pattern Baldness
Lupus, is a chronic autoimmune disease that affects approximately 1.5 million Americans. One of the first symptoms of Lupus is hairloss.
Telogen Effluvium occurs after pregnancy, major surgery, drastic weight loss, or extreme stress. It can also be a side effect of certain medications, such as anti-depressants, beta-blockers, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. During telogen effluvium, hair shifts faster than normal from its growing phase into the “resting” phase before moving quickly into the shedding, or telogen, phase.
Millions of people, most of them women, suffer from thyroid disease. Thyroid hormone is responsible for everything from your basal metabolic rate—the rate at which your body uses oxygen and energy to function—to the growth of your hair, skin, and nails. But when you don’t have the right amount, you may notice changes in bodily functions.