Hair Loss – Types Of Hair Loss

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Hair Loss - Types Of Hair Loss

I felt a need to start this discussion to talk about the main types of hair loss.

These balding types are:

Telogen effluvium

Androgenetic alopecia

Alopecia areata

It’s true that in this forum, the main topic is the one male pattern baldness but the other two hair loss types do also affect men so I think covering them would be beneficial for the forum.

There are numerous plausible reasons for the loss of hair. It can be a daunting task to pinpoint the specific condition that afflicts someone. Nonetheless, there are three primary types of hair loss. I’ll go through each below.

Telogen effluvium

Telogen effluvium, also identified as ‘diffuse hair loss’, involves the thinning of hair across the entire scalp. What occurs is that the hair follicles on the head enter into a state of rest, also known as telogen.

After approximately 3 months, they awaken and begin to grow again. All the old hair gets forced out, resulting in ‘diffuse hair shredding’.

Telogen effluvium can occur from malnutrition, an imbalance of hormones, and extreme and prolonged stress.

Thankfully, this condition corrects itself and is not a reason for extreme concern.

Androgenetic alopecia

Androgenetic alopecia, also known as male-pattern baldness, is characterized by a well-defined pattern of thinning hair. The hair follicles around the centre of the scalp begin shrinking and eventually, they completely stop growing.

Although Androgenic alopecia does not cause complete baldness, it does usually leave a characteristic M’ shape of thinned hair on the top of the head.

Hair Loss - Types Of Hair Loss

One can delay the onset of Androgenetic alopecia, women included, by maintaining a healthy set of hair. This means washing it thoroughly frequently with a high-quality shampoo and using topical products containing minoxidil like Rogaine.

Androgenetic alopecia is believed to be related to certain hormones known as androgens. More detail on their cause is yet unknown although there is a belief that inflammation is also a factor in male hair loss.

It can be surmised though that Androgenetic alopecia is influenced by genetics, and the rest are factors that augment the problem.

Alopecia areata

Alopecia areata, considered the worst of all hair disorders, has the potential to leave one entirely hairless. Known as spot baldness, Alopecia areata typically begins as a round, bald patch on the scalp.

Hair Loss - Types Of Hair Loss

As more spots break out on the head, hair from the rest of the body begins thinning out as well. The good news is that the hair follicles beneath the skin still remain intact, thereby allowing the chance for them to maybe grow again in the future.

Scientists believe that Alopecia areata is, in fact, an autoimmune disorder that can be triggered by a severe bout of viral or bacterial illness. Nothing can be done to stop it.

Traction alopecia

In summary, people say that one’s hair is a gauge of his or her health. Vigorous hair is oftentimes intimately linked to the general well-being of the whole body.

Any change in one’s hair, no matter how small should be recognized as a forewarning of a much more ominous physical ailment. In fact, anybody experiencing extreme and inexplicable loss of hair should immediately seek a consultation with his or her medical doctor as dramatic hair loss is usually a symptom of something serious.

Ok so I am including this fourth type of hair loss known as traction alopecia, which is not caused by the body itself, but instead, it is caused by one’s actions on his hair.

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So traction alopecia isn’t true alopecia caused by the body’s natural processes, but it’s still worth mentioning this type of baldness. Traction alopecia occurs from pulling the hair either too hard or for long periods of time.

Here in the forum, there are countless examples of traction alopecia and even of famous people, including the traction alopecia of soccer player Gervinho and Snoop Dogg.

The most common cause of traction alopecia is pulling too tight with braids, cornrows, tied hairstyles (like man buns) and headbands.

How to stop hair falling out

Try changing your meal

Protein block tissues in your body system and this includes the hair, try to have enough protein in your diet, and you can enough good protein by consuming milk, fish and egg whites. Food which contains omega-3 fatty acids is also good like mackerel and salmon are a good source of omega-3. Eating this 3-4 times weekly will also help, or try adding a tablespoon of ground flaxseed onto your salad and consume on a daily basis.

Minerals are also good

Trying eating leafy greens, eggs and carrot for vitamin A, as this also helps. Consume vitamin B!” and vitamin E, they support the growth development of red blood cells and circulation to increase oxygen in the body. If you want a healthy hair, then you need oxygen to flow free in the body. Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Copper, and zinc minerals are all vital for a healthy hair and can be found in vegetables and supplements.

Vist your doctor

Hormonal imbalance can also be a cause of hair loss in the first place, visiting your doctor can help determine your early hair loss, and also eating hormone regulation diet like natural supplements and food which help the hormone. Stress is another cause of hair loss, thyroid disease and anaemia could also cause hair loss and some medication. Speaking to your doctor will help shade light into the cause of the problem and possible solution.

Change yourself from bad habits

Changing yourself from bad habits of smoking, smoking reduces circulation and flow of blood in and around the scalp, alcohol and caffeine consumption can also cause hair loss because they affect your immune system which affects hair. Tissue growth and healthy body can also be hampered by dehydration, you should drink plenty of water and always stay hydrated and stay away from fizzy drinks which can cause harm to your body and contribute to hair loss.

Do some exercise

Do some exercises from time to time, exercise makes you sweat all those clogs which blocked your pores, and exercise improve general health and wellness.

Using essential oil

Use an essential oil like lavender and rosemary oil to massage the scalp as these two essential oils can help stop hair thinning and hair loss. Massaging the scalp helps to stimulate your hair follicles and aid growth of hair. To do this, get a carrier oil such as coconut oil or olive oil, then add some drops of lavender or rosemary oil to it and massage into the scalp, allow it to stay for one to two hours then wash it off with shampoo. In time, you will find that your hair is regaining its lost glory.

Try antioxidants

Use antioxidant such as green tea on your hair, what this does is prevent further hair loss and help the hair grow back. After boiling a tea bag, take it put on your scalp and let it for at least one day, then rinse.

Taking care of your hair

Reduce use of flat iron, and always use on low and cool settings.
Over too much use of chemicals on your like dyeing your hair with different colours, instead, stick to one or two colours to avoid hair breakage.
Once any hair product is used, brush or comb the hair before it drys up, because if it does then try to brush or comb the hair will result in breakages.
When combing your hair, do not pull it so much, this is among the reason why so many people pull out there hair.
Only brush hair when it is necessary, not frequently so you can save your hair from too much stressing.

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