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Hair Loss



Hair loss can be caused by a number of different factors some of them:

  • Androgenetic alopecia
  • Alopecia Areata
  • Traction alopecia
  • Trichotillomania
  • Cicatricial alopecia
  • Hypothryoidism
  • Other Medical causes

Hair loss or baldness most commonly a genetic trait, but unlike what you may have been told, it’s not necessarily passed down from your maternal grandfather. Medical science has come to learn that hair loss genes are actually passed down from both sides of the family, and they affect hair loss in both men and women. Hair loss genes may also skip generations and are utterly random in terms of which siblings (male or female) they will affect. The cause of hair loss for one family member may differ from that of another.It’s important to understand the cause of your hair loss if you want to do something about it.


The leading cause of hair loss in men is male pattern baldness, also known as androgenetic alopecia. This occurs in men whose hair follicles are sensitive to the hormone dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. Over time, DHT-sensitive hair (usually found on the top and front of the head) becomes weaker and finer and eventually stops growing. Most men have DHT-resistant, healthy hair follicles around the sides and back of their head. This is why so many men have a horseshoe pattern on their head. The good news is that male pattern baldness is treatable with a variety of solutions depending on the stage of your hair loss.

While knowing the cause of your hair loss isn’t going to fix it by itself, recognizing the type of male hair loss you have is the first step in determining your ideal treatment plan.


As its name implies, male pattern baldness usually exhibits a predictable pattern, with hair loss beginning at the hairline above the temples and gradually receding. Male pattern baldness is also the most common cause of hair loss in men, accounting for more than 95% of all hair loss cases.

Male pattern baldness causes your hair follicles to shrink gradually over time until they stop regrowing. Without proper attention, it can eventually progress to the point where only hair on the sides and rear of the head is left. With timely treatment, this outcome can be prevented.


Much less common than male pattern hair loss is patchy hair loss and spot baldness, also known as alopecia areata. Alopecia areata is actually an autoimmune disease and occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your hair follicles, leaving a smooth, round patch of hairless skin. Patchy hair loss can happen in otherwise healthy people.


Hair loss in women can be related to genetics, hormones and age. Androgenetic alopecia, also known as female pattern hair loss, is one of the most common causes of hair loss in women. Hair loss in women may be caused by a serious medical condition that needs proper attention and treatment as early as possible. The hair loss patterns in women usually differ from those in men.


Losing your hair can be a traumatic experience for anyone. But for women, hair loss can have a particularly negative affect on your sense of self and emotional well-being.

A full head of hair is often associated with beauty and a positive self-image, so there’s a psychological toll that can come from hair loss. To make matters worse, female hair loss is rarely discussed in the media or the medical community, making it harder for women to talk openly about their condition and how to address it.

Despite what you might think, hair loss in women is actually quite common. In fact, nearly 40% of people with at least some visible hair loss by age 40 are women. While there are close to 30 different conditions that can cause hair loss in women, just a few are responsible for the majority of cases. Fortunately, most can be resolved with proper treatment


The most common causes of hair loss in women are

Female pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia)

  • Traction hair loss (traction alopecia)
  • Scars from burns or major surgery
  • Crash dieting or poor nutrition
  • Birth control pills
  • Extreme stress
  • Iron deficiency
  • Hormonal imbalances like pregnancy and menopause
  • Major surgery
  • Medications
  • Endocrine conditions that affect thyroid function