Temporary hair loss can result from illnesses, medications, chemotherapy treatments, infections, heightened stress levels, poor diets, traumatic events, post-pregnancy, or even prolonged use of harsh chemicals.
Permanent hair loss generally is a result of hormonal imbalances or genetic predispositions.
Thinning Hair/Female Pattern Hair Loss
Hair loss in women can be a heredity condition caused by the effects of Dihydrotesterone (DHT) on genetically predisposed hair follicles. It’s actually quite common in women and usually begins during peri-menopause or menopause due to fluctuating hormone levels. Two distinctive patterns are commonly found: either there is a loss of hair density over the entire scalp or the loss is more localized and affects the crown and side areas only. In either case, eventually the options of camouflaging hairstyles or the ineffective use of promised cure-alls dwindle and women look for better, smarter solutions.
Thinning Hair/Male Pattern Hair Loss
Most hair loss in men can be blamed on heredity. Male pattern baldness characteristically begins with a receding hairline and thinning at the crown. Eventually it progresses to a more apparent baldness over the entire top of the scalp and for some men will even affect the remaining “rim” of hair.
Alopecia areata is a common autoimmune skin disease resulting in the loss of hair on the scalp and elsewhere on the body. It usually starts with one or more small, round, smooth patches on the scalp and can progress to total scalp hair loss (alopecia totalis) or complete body hair loss (alopecia universalis).
Alopecia areata affects approximately two percent of the population overall, including more than 4.7 million people in the United States alone. This common skin disease is highly unpredictable and cyclical. Hair can grow back in or fall out again at any time, and the disease course is different for each person.
Compulsive pulling of hair (trichotillomania) can also produce hair loss. Hairstyling routines such as tight ponytails or braids may also induce a form of alopecia known as Traction alopecia, as can hair relaxer solutions, and hot hair irons.
The professionally trained staff at Cleveland’s Complete Image Clinic has many years of experience in helping clients with various stages of hair thinning and complete hair loss, regardless of cause. We specialize in non-surgical hair loss solutions. Utmost confidentiality and the client’s comfort are of the greatest concern to each and every member of the Complete Image team.