From standing on your head to avoiding hats to blaming your mother, there are all kinds of false ideas out there about hair loss. Here are five of the most common myths about hair loss and the truth behind them: 1. Wearing hats causes hair loss The logic behind this myth is that hats prevent the scalp from getting the oxygen it requires or that hats can strain the hair follicles. The truth is that hair follicles don’t need to […]
All hair loss is described by the generic medical term alopecia. Although causes and triggers for male hair loss vary, many involve genetics, illness and some combination of environmental factors. The three most common types of male hair loss are androgenetic alopecia, telogen effluvium and alopecia areata.
Many women experience different forms of hair loss at some point in their lives, especially after pregnancy, during times of stress or as a side effect of certain medications. Additionally, any medication or therapy that alters a woman’s hormonal activity, such as contraceptives, can trigger hair loss. Extensive and long-term hair loss is described by the generic medical term alopecia. The most common types of female hair loss are androgenetic alopecia, telogen effluvium, anagen effluvium and traction alopecia.
In order to determine the best course of treatment for hair loss, it is important to understand the progression. The Norwood-Hamilton scale is the generally accepted standard to measure the extent of hair loss in men. The most common type of male hair loss is called androgenetic alopecia, often referred to as “male pattern baldness” or “male pattern hair loss.” Male pattern hair loss is responsible for hair loss in about 90% of men. It can begin as early as […]
According to Clinical Interventions on Aging, less than 45% of women will maintain a full head of hair throughout their lifetime. While there are various causes of female hair loss, the most common is androgenetic alopecia or female pattern hair loss. Similar to male pattern hair loss, both heredity and hormones seem to play major roles in female pattern hair loss. However, patterns of hair loss appear differently in women than in men. Whereas male pattern hair loss typically concentrates […]