Most people have a notion that if they are losing hair, it is due to male pattern baldness or because of their diet. Though it is a major contributor to hair loss, it is not the only one. Keratin in follicles makes the hair grow from the epidermal layer, but the growth doesn’t always stay the same. Because of cells dying and accumulating in hair, they shed. But when the growth and shedding outbalance each other, it's the time you worry. Age factors, diseases, accidents, burns, etc. are also the contributors along with male pattern baldness. Let us have a look at some of the hair loss types which need to be treated before a person goes bald.
How are the stages of cell growth and life divided?
The cells in our hair follicles have 3 stages; anagen, catagen, and telogen.
The first one is when the hair starts sprouting out from the epidermal layer and grows as much as it can till 7 to 8 years.
This hair then stops growing and stays there for less than a month.
This catagenic phase is followed by hair breakage because of being dead giving room for a new one to grow.
6 Hair loss conditions you need to know about:
If you are facing hair loss from the recent past but don’t know the exact reason, go through these types and consult your dermatologist accordingly. Commonly, Alopecia is the term used for losing hair. So, let's see how it acts on hair in different ways:
Male pattern baldness:
The most common of all is a condition where due to the hereditary genetic mutation or formation, a person, irrespective of their gender, starts losing hair in their last teen years towards their early years of becoming a young adult. However, in females, it affects more towards the end of their adulthood. The symptoms include;
- Broadening of hairline
- Losing hair on the front of the cerebral area of your head
- Thin and dead hair shed more than usual.
(LAH) Anagen Syndrome:
Also divided into Type A, B and C, affects children in early teens towards the end of their teenage years. In this condition, the hair does not complete all the phases of its growth cycle and starts shedding in the first one only. The hair is loosely attached to the scalp giving this condition the name Loose Anagen hair syndrome.
The hair does not grow beyond a specific length which is usually very short and then they start losing their grip from the roots. Teen girls, who have less pigmented hair are more prone to this disease. Another thing that can be counted as a symptom is that, if the hair sheds quickly, it grows quickly as well, sometimes overnight. The imbalance of the growth phases causes a person to lose them and patches of baldness occur. However, this condition sometimes gets better as the person enters adulthood or when puberty hits and if it prevails, there are medicines for this condition also.
Hair-pulling anxiety disorder (Trichotillomania):
It is kind of a compulsive disorder triggered by anxiety where people tend to pull their hair and are unable to control this habit. It is not as harmful if the compulsion is treated. But if the person does not get over his habit, he/ she may lose their hair permanently because the roots die this way, being unable to produce more hair follicles.
Psychiatrists, not dermatologists, can treat this condition. Counseling, behavioral therapies, and stress-reducing therapies can be a treatment but the situation gets much better if the person's family member also reminds him not to do that because it becomes an involuntary action over time.
Alopecia by Traction:
This is not a genetic or mutation-caused disease. It is just because of bad hairstyling techniques. Some females tighten their hair into ponytails or other braiding styles so bad that the forehead line starts shedding hair because of backward pull. If not changed, this can lead to permanent loss of hair from the forehead hairline. But if a person changes the styling into loosely tied hair, the hair stops shedding and regrows with time.
Lumps and Lupus:
The lupus disease also called Discoid Erythematosus is not because of compulsive habits but it is because of the type of skin a person has. Skins that are sensitive to heat, weather, humidity and are also allergic to some things get inflamed, scarred, and swollen with injurious marks. Such areas lose their ability to grow more hair with time.
On the other hand, lumps of the skin or dead cells can also form on the scalp because of an operation or some other disease thus preventing hair growth because of damaged skin ending up in scars and redness. Both of these conditions can be treated by dermatological medication courses.
The Cicatricial Alopecia:
Just like the traction alopecia, this one falls in the same category. The difference lies in the way a person treats his or her hair. Too much blow-drying, straightening, curling without the use of heat protectant serums can be a cause of hair fall and is much common nowadays. People think of hair extension as a treatment but it worsens the situation because it is attached to hair close to the scalp and puts strain on the area and hair which causes damage to actual hair causing more loss. Chemically infused serums, hair gels, and other products can also be a cause. However, treating hair by using dermatologically tested products and leaving the heat-giving hairstyling can help but it takes time.
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Apart from the six types mentioned here, there are also other factors which contribute to hair loss. You must consult a dermatologist before applying or taking any medicine to treat such hair loss. Hair loss is nothing to be ashamed about, it is something that needs to be taken care of. Scalp Micropigmentation by Precise Micro Scalps delivers 100% results for your male pattern baldness or a receding hairline. You can contact our experts at Precise MS any day and they will help you out.