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Hair loss (Alopecia) is incredibly common. There are many types of hair loss and several different causes.  In this blog, we overview common causes of hair loss and some potentially effective hair restoration treatments for suitable candidates.

Unwanted Hair Loss: Types of Hair Loss, Causes and Hair Growth Treatments

While many people aim to reduce hairiness on their bodies or faces using laser hair removal technology, very few men and women are happy when they begin to lose hair on their scalps.

Losing your hair can be psychologically or socially uncomfortable. For some men and women, it is highly distressing.  Find out if you’re a suitable candidate for effective PRP based hair restoration by calling our Clinicians at Hair & Skin Science – we focus on client education, no-oral medication treatments and scientifically supported methods to help you regrow your hair.

Hair loss – why do people lose their hair suddenly?

  • Hair loss is sometimes gradual and sometimes sudden.
  • Sudden hair loss and gradual hair loss can be triggered by a wide range of varying, or interrelated, dynamics.
  • Sometimes sudden hair loss relates to a shock or emotional stress, sometimes to hormonal changes and sometimes to an underlying disease. It’s important to check for underlying conditions if you suddenly lose a lot of hair.

Alopecia – the word for the condition of balding or baldness – can be classified into different types of hair loss.

Different types of hair loss causes and conditions can be described as:

  • alopecia totalis (total baldness of the scalp or head)
  • alopecia areata (resulting in patchy hair loss across the scalp),
  • androgenic alopecia (better known as male patterned baldness)
  • alopecia universalis (complete loss of all body hair)

Of course, if you are purposely trying to reduce body hair on your legs, bikini line, back, buttocks or face, such as using IPL laser hair removal vs waxing, this is another form of hair loss – but one that you’re happy about and seeking out.


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Gradual Hair Loss: Causes of Hair Loss or Premature Balding

Gradual thinning on the top of your head.

  • The most common type of hair loss involves a gradual reduction in hair on your head, often in a pattern known as ‘male pattern baldness’ – but it impacts women, also.
  • It has a strong heredity component but can be impacted by other dynamics including lifestyle factors and how you treat our body and scalp.
  • Males often begin to have receding hairlines (hair loss around the temples and forehead) in a pattern that resembles the letter “M.” (Source: Mayo clinic)
  • For women, early hair loss may occur as a patch on the scalp OR a broadening of the part in their hair.
  • Most Women begin noticing hair loss around where they part their hair as the visible scalp along the hair part-line broadens or widens.

Patchy bald spot(s) or areas of hair loss in different places on the scalp.

  • Some bald spots are small, and most do START that way.
  • This is an ideal time to start scientifically-based PRP treatments because the area to treat is smaller.
  • Smaller spots means your hair growth treatments (regrowth or restoration treatments to combat hair loss) will work more quickly to cover the spot – if you wait until it’s very large bald spot, there are fewer healthier hair follicles to work with to stimulate the more dormant, “lazy” or inactive follicles.
  • Also, treating your hair loss sooner rather than later helps prevent further hair loss and research shows PRP treatments can lead to more firmly anchored hair shafts in your scalp.

Sometimes people lose hair not only on their scalps, but on their beards or eyebrows. Ask us how we can help.

Causes of unwanted hair loss on your body may include medication side effects or ringworm.

Some conditions and medical treatments, such as chemotherapy treatments, certain medications and other supplements, can result in the loss of hair all over your body. The hair may grow back over time, but it may be slightly different in texture, amount or appearance. It varies from person to person. Ringworm may also cause hair loss and scaling of the scalp.  Ringworm may be accompanied by scalp redness, textural changes, swelling,  hair loss and oozing. Ezcema and Psoriasis may also have an impact on your body hair or scalp hair. See a Physician for diagnosis if you suspect your hair loss relates to a condition other than hereditary hair loss.

Sudden Hair Loss: Other Causes including Stress can lead to sudden hair loss

  • Sudden hair loss means your hair starts to rapidly fall out or come out in clumps.
  • Sudden hair loss causes: sudden loss of a lot of hair can be preceded by stressful events and rapid hormonal shifts, such as might occur during pregnancy or when you start taking medications that impact your hormones (think IVF, birth control pills, androgen/testosterone supplements, steroids or hormone replacement therapy).

Effective hair restoration treatments are available to treat hair loss or premature balding.

Not everyone minds baldness. But most people who lose their hair are keen to attain hair restoration and regrowth, when possible.


Read more about our effective PRP based hair restoration treatments on our blog.


Please also visit these pages for more information about Hair Restoration Treatments and Research:

female-hair-loss-causes-and-treatmentsHair growth treatments for women who are balding or losing hair (hair restoration for women)

Oral medication FREE – avoid unwanted side effects of oral medications

Works in as little as 3 to 6 months

Scientifically based and research supported hair regrowth treatments using Platelet Rich Plasma and scalp needling.


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Hair growth treatments for men who are balding or losing hair (hair restoration for men)

Oral medication FREE – avoid unwanted side effects of oral medications

Works in as little as 3 to 6 months

Scientifically based and research supported hair regrowth treatments using Platelet Rich Plasma and scalp needling.

 


But before you embark on treatments to regrow your hair after gradual or sudden hair loss, or to cover a bald spot or patchy areas of balding on the scalp, your condition should be evaluated.

Phone us for an assessment.

An easier method of assessing your hair loss and treatment options involves a hair pull test.

Alopecia Hair Pull Test: Degrees of Hair Loss

  • What it is: a hair pull – literally – to help your clinician determine how tightly your hair shafts are anchored to your hair papilla (follicle).
  • How it’s done: using fingers, gentle traction is placed on a small patch of your hair.
  • Your clinician will then pull the hair, approximately 100 hair shafts, in different directions (proximal to distal).
  • Where it’s done: The hair pull test is usually performed in three separate areas of your scalp, sometimes more, depending on your patterns of hair loss or balding. This does help your Clinician assess if your hair loss is uniform or more spot-related.

The test helps to gauge the degree of hair loss across the scalp. The normal range is between one to three hairs with each pull. If 10 or more hairs are released from the scalp during the test (or the equivalent of 10%), it’s likely that the patient is experiencing excess hair loss. This is known as a positive result. Hairs that come away from the scalp during the test are then examined under a microscope. The test may be repeated several times across random areas of the scalp to ensure an accurate pattern of hair condition.

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