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Hair Loss

The general term used for hair loss is Alopecia.

 

Alopecia can have an impact on confidence and self-esteem. It can have severe effects on quality of life and emotional health.

 

There are different types of alopecia. Listed below are the main types of hair loss:

 

Alopecia Areata (AA)

 

Alopecia areata is understood to be an autoimmune condition which causes patchy hair loss. It can result in a single bald patch or extensive patchy hair loss. 

 

Alopecia Totalis (AT)

 

Alopecia totalis is a more advanced form of alopecia areata which results in total loss of all hair on the scalp.

 

Alopecia Universalis (AU)

 

Alopecia universalis is the most advanced form of alopecia areata which results in total loss of all hair on the body, including eyelashes and eyebrows. 

 

Alopecia Barbae

 

Alopecia barbae is alopecia areata that is localised to the beard area. It can be a single bald patch or more extensive hair loss across the whole of the beard area. 

 

Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA)

 

Also known as male pattern baldness or female pattern baldness. It is a thinning of the hair to an almost transparent state, in both men or women. It is thought to be a hereditary form of hair loss and is the most common type of progressive hair loss.

 

Scarring Alopecias (Cicatricial Alopecias)

 

Scarring alopecias, also known as cicatricial alopecias, refers to a group of rare disorders which cause permanent hair loss.

 

Traction Alopecia

 

Traction alopecia is usually due to excessive pulling or tension on hair shafts as a result of certain hair styles. It is seen more often in women, particularly those of East Indian and Afro-Caribbean origin. Hair loss depends on the way the hair is being pulled. Prolonged traction alopecia can stop new hair follicles developing and lead to permanent hair loss.

 

Anagen Effluvium

 

This hair loss is generally caused by chemicals such as those used to treat cancer. Initially it causes patchy hair loss, which often then becomes total hair loss. The good news is that when you stop using these chemicals the hair normally grows back (usually about 6 months later). Other drugs also can cause hair loss. Many medicines used to treat even common diseases can cause hair loss.

 

Telogen Effluvium

A form of hair loss where more than normal amounts of hair fall out. There is a general 'thinning' of the hair. Unlike some other hair and scalp conditions, it is temporary and the hair growth usually recovers.

For further information on alopecia visit www.alopeciaonline.org.uk

 

The most common questions asked by those experiencing hair loss for the first time are ‘Why is this happening?’ and ‘Will it grow back?”.

 

It is not unusual to feel alone and that you are the only one it is happening to, but please be assured, you are not alone.

 

There is a supportive online community made up of people who are experiencing hair loss and using hair additions to help restore their confidence. They share their experiences, thoughts, feelings and tips. 

 

 

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