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Types of hair loss

Types of hair loss

There are many, many different types of hair loss. They can be more permanent conditions, or come as a result of a temporary life situation, such as illness.

In this post, we will give you a brief overview of some of the most common causes for hair loss…

Hair Loss Causes

Pattern baldness

The most common type of hair loss is referred to as androgenic alopecia (AGA) – usually called female or male pattern baldness. It often manifests as hairline recession at the temples or an overall thinning of the hair on the scalp. This type of hair loss is generally attributed to genetics.


Hair loss characterized as effluvium is loss attributed to interference with one of the stages of hair growth.

Telogen effluvium (TE) appears as a thinning of the hair. It occurs because the number of hair follicles producing hair significantly drops. This increases follicles in the resting stage and the result is shedding of the hair. The condition is reversible. TE can be brought upon by changes in hormones, physical trauma, certain prescription drugs or crash diets. Long-term illness can also bring about TE.

Anagen effluvium (AE) is a thinning of the hair like TE but can spread more quickly and can lead to total hair loss. AE is most frequently seen in people taking cytostatic drugs for cancer. Drugs of this type inhibit rapid cell proliferation and this inhibits hair fiber proliferation as well. The growth stage is thus inhibited, which leads to excessive hair shedding without the hair being regenerated as it normally would. After a person has finished taking these drugs, the hair follicle will start to proliferate again, and slowly but surely he or she will start to see hair growth.

Alopecia Areata

Alopecia Areata (AA) is another very common type of hair loss. AA is caused by autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis. The individual's immune system attacks hair follicles and inhibits them from growing. Just why or how AA develops is not clear. The hair follicle is not completely destroyed so it can recover and resume normal growth stages. There are some prescription drug treatments for this as well.

Scarring alopecia

Scarring alopecia refers to a number of hair loss disorders that are associated with diseases that affect the hair follicle and/or larger organs in the body. Scarring alopecia results in hair follicle destruction and permanent hair loss.


Ringworm is a fungal infection that can occur on the scalp and cause patches of hair loss. Ringworm is contagious but can be medically treated. If treated, there is no permanent hair follicle destruction.


Some hair loss is in fact due to cosmetic over-processing. Think about constant bleaching or dying with harsh chemicals and other procedures to change the look and composition of your natural hair, such as perms or straightening treatments. Everyone's hair is different and has a different capacity to handle such processing. Some individuals will undergo these cosmetic treatments throughout their whole lives without experiencing any hair thinning or loss. Others won't be quite so lucky.

No matter the cause of your hair loss, as long as you do not suffer from total baldness, Forila is an ideal solution for hiding thinning areas, either for the short-term or the long-term. Learn a little bit more about Forila here.

Disclaimer: Content provided on this site is solely for informational purposes and is not medical advice intended to replace the counsel of a medical professional. It is your sole responsibility to consult a licensed physician or qualified health care professional for advice, diagnosis, and/or treatment of any health related condition or any condition related to hair loss.



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