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Different Types of Hair Loss

Hair Loss Facts

There are many different types of hair loss that affect men, women and even children. du Brule's would like to help you become familiar with their titles and descriptions.

Alopecia: General scientific term for hair loss

• Alopecia Areata: Smooth, circular patches of hair loss. There is no known cure and in most cases, the hair grows back on it's own.
• Alopecia Totalis: May begin as Areata, but results in the loss of all hair on the scalp.
• Alopecia Universalis: Complete hair loss over the entire body, including the eyelashes and eyebrows.

• Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA): Loss from a genetic predisposition that makes the follicles sensitive to DHT (hormone). This is the most common form of hair loss and can also affect women. Other terms are Male Pattern Baldness (MPB), Female Pattern Baldness (FPB), Hereditary Alopecia and Androgenic Alopecia.

• Traction Alopecia: Loss that occurs due to a strain put on the hairs. Braids, pony tails and other hairstyles, which place a constant tension on the hair and the scalp.
• Telogen Effluvium (TE): This elegant-sounding term simply refers to an increased rate of hair shedding and implies that the hair will eventually grow back. Sometimes it is hard for dermatologists to determine if it's Telogen Effluvium or Androgenic Alopecia. The only way to tell if the hair will grow back is to wait and see.

There are some situations however in which hair loss is common and regrowth will happen. These include childbirth, substantial weight loss and illness with high fever.

HAIR LOSS IN CHILDREN - Typically caused by one of these five conditions...

• Children's Tinea Capitis: Disease caused by fungal infection
• Children's Alopecia Areata: Patchy loss in one or more areas
• Children's Traction Alopecia: Physical damage to the hair, more in girls.
• Children's Trichotillomania: Compulsion to pull out one's own hair.
• Children's Telogen Effluvium: Following a fever, flu or severe emotional stress.


Different Types of Hair Loss