Types of Female Hair Loss

There are four main categories of hair loss. Each has its own distinctive characteristics. The categories are telogen effluvium, androgenetic alopecia, alopecia areata and cicatricial alopecia. Of these four categories, cicatricial alopecia is the only category that causes permanent, irreversible hair loss.  Cicatricial alopecia only accounts for 3% of all hair loss cases. 
For the other 97% there is potential for improvement. As long as the follicle remains alive and undamaged it is capable of producing hair. The longer the follicle remains inactive, the more difficult it will be to re-establish growth. Consistent care at the first sign of hair loss is recommended.

Telogen effluvium is also known as diffuse hair loss, as the hair falls fairly evenly from all over the scalp instead of in patches or patterns. Telogen effluvium is caused by a disturbance to the body. It could be something minor such as a new medication or it could be a major upset such as serious illness. The growth cycle often resumes once the cause is identified and addressed. Aromatherapy and other natural therapies can be helpful.

Androgenetic alopecia is also referred to as male pattern baldness or female pattern baldness. Certain follicles begin to shrink, producing thinner, weaker hair with a shorter life span. With each growth cycle the follicle shrinks a little more. If the follicle continues shrinking it may eventually atrophy. If this happens it will no longer be capable of producing hair. This is a gradual process which occurs over a long period of time. As long as the process is not complete there is potential to minimize the effects. Proper diet, extreme care, and natural remedies such as aromatherapy can be helpful.

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition causing bald patches with well defined margins. Alopecia areata can progress to alopecia totalis --total loss of scalp hair, or alopecia universalis – total loss of scalp and body hair. With alopecia areata, the hair follicles are not damaged. It’s as if the follicles have fallen asleep and need to be re-awakened. Persons with alopecia areata have re-grown hair in patches that have been bald for up to ten years. It takes a “trigger” to active alopecia areata. Identifying and avoiding those triggers can be helpful. Aromatherapy and other natural remedies can be helpful.

Cicatricial alopecia is also known as “scarring alopecia”. Cicatricial alopecia refers to patches of baldness in which the hair follicles are damaged or destroyed causing scar tissue (cicatrix) to form.  There are many forms of cicatricial alopecia. Most forms are very rare. Although the damaged follices can not be repaired, prompt treatment may halt progression to the surrounding follicles, helping to prevent further hair loss.

Becoming educated on female hair loss can be one of the most efective means in finding a solution. Deatailed information on types, causes and solutions to female hair loss can be found in Hair Loss in Women...Getting to the Root of the Problem

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