Hair loss

Overview

Read an overview of hair loss causes, types of hair loss and find treatment options for hair disorders like alopecia.

Causes of hair loss

There are many causes of hair loss - from a stressful lifestyle to underlying medical conditions or simple genetics. Here we discuss the most common causes.

Hair loss diagnostics and tests

If you’re experiencing hair loss, a specialist will use scales such as the Norwood Hamilton Scale or the Savin scale to look at the cause. Other tests include scalp biopsy, blood tests, hair pull test and densitometry.

Types of hair loss

Hair loss can be permanent or temporary. It can fall out in patches, it can thin slowly over years, it can follow baldness patterns or it can fall out completely and permanently over a short period of time.

Signs and symptoms of hair loss

Many men and women regard their hair as their crowning glory, so it’s not surprising that hair loss (medically known as alopecia), often has a devastating psychological impact on self confidence and emotional wellbeing.

How is hair loss treated?

Treatment for hair loss is a vast industry with a variety of options, including shampoos, lotions, medicines such as Finasteride and Minoxidil, hair surgery and follicular regeneration.

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