Hair Loss

Losing your hair in patches can be a frightening experience. If you’re experiencing significant hair loss, the root of your problem may be below:

Common Types of hair loss

  • Alopecia areata is characterized by small bald patches which may grow in size and eventually cause total hair loss
  • Alopecia totalis –complete baldness
  • Traction alopecia results from some sort of pulling on the hair root which is followed by hair loss in this area and which can eventually lead to baldness. It is commonly seen when hair is often braided or pulled too tightly
  • Telogum effluvium-hair follicles move into telogen phase too early and causes hair to become thin
  • Androgenetic alopecia- this type of hair loss is the most common type of hair loss in women and is genetic and usually occurs after menopause
  • Athletes are at a higher risk of becoming anemic. If you are this can result in loss of hair
  • Chemotherapy may cause hair loss. So if your being treated for cancer or maybe the chemicals in medication you are taking has hair loss as a side effect. For example isotretinoin in acne treatment causes hair loss in some case.
  • Dietary causes- Not enough proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals may be present in the diet. Poor diet may definitely cause hair loss
  • Over processing. Sometime we use styling tools excessively, leaving the relaxer in your hair too long or have a coloring attempt gone, these lead to over processed hair. Symptoms include is dry ends, split ends, hair becomes more brittle or even have a coarser texture than before.
  • Glue used in attaching hair extensions to the scalp is known to cause significant hair breakage especially if used on a regular basis
  • Periods of high stress
  • Allergy to styling products
It is important to see a dermatologist diagnosis and treatment if you suffer from sudden hair loss, or are losing large amounts of hair .