Causes of Hair Loss
- Streak of bad luck: Hair loss is a nightmare for many women
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We find it in the brush, on the pillow or on our clothes: Hair comes and goes, losing some is entirely normal. But when whole bunches come out or the mane gradually thins, the time has come to determine the causes of hair loss. We can help
When hair falls out that is no reason to lose your head. Our mane is made up of some 100,000 hairs on average and they go through different phases over time. In one of these phases about 15 percent of hair falls out and is replaced by new growth. Each hair has a limited lifespan of about two to six months. Therefore it is entirely natural for hair to ultimately fall out.
One only speaks of hair loss when more hair than normal falls out. This is the case if about 100 hairs are lost every day or the mane is clearly thinning. Finding the exact cause is important for treatment. The cause may be found several weeks before hair loss occurs.
One generally differentiates between three types of hair loss, which in turn have various reasons:
Genetic hair loss is the most common and largely affects men. Here the growth phase of hair is shorter, it falls out faster and gets thinner over time. It starts with a widow’s peak, a receding hairline and later hair at the back of the head falls out as well. This form of hair loss mostly affects women during menopause. However, they mostly lose hair at the crown.
With what is known as diffuse hair loss, the hair thins all over the head and the scalp becomes more visible, but there are no bald patches. There are various causes for this form, but hair loss can often be stopped with proper treatment. The following gallery shows what can cause diffuse hair loss:
In case of what is known as spot baldness (alopecia areata), round bald spots form relatively quickly. This form of hair loss usually affects children and young adults, but can also recur years later. While the causes have not been entirely clarified, medical professionals believe a misdirected defence reaction of the body aimed at its own hair is to blame.
Whether one is actually suffering from hair loss is best clarified by a doctor, taking into account the duration and severity of loss along with other possible symptoms. This is also the way to find the best treatment method.