Common Causes of Hair Loss
in Both Men and Women
*Keep in mind, shorter hairs such as eyelashes and eyebrows, typically have a shortened anagen phase in comparison to hair typically found on the scalp.
To help complete the cycle, as hair falls out, the anagen phase should start again, but this may not always be the case. This is why hair loss is very common. Hair loss is caused by many different factors.
- Anagen effluvium. This type of hair loss is caused by medications and is the most rapid type of hair loss. The most common medication for hair loss is chemotherapy. On a positive note, when medication or treatment is completed, hair regrowth is possible
- Telogen effluvium. When too many hair follicles are within the telogen phase an abundant amount of hair tends to fall out simultaneously. Those who experience a sudden emotional or physical shock, extreme stress, hormonal changes, or a serious illness, typically experience this type of hair loss.
- Androgenetic alopecia. Those who experience this type of hair loss typically see hair loss at the top and sides of the head. This is the most common type of hair loss for both men and women and is linked to heredity. For example, female hairlines may widen as well as thin in certain areas. On the other hand, males may experience baldness around their temples and crown of the head, creating a “M” shape.
- Alopecia areata. This type of hair loss is associated with one’s own body attacking itself. Autoimmune diseases may cause bald patches to develop and may even cause complete hair loss. Those who experience this type of hair loss tend to experience hair loss for their eyebrow and eyelashes.
- Tinea capitis. Some fungal infections have a major effect on the scalp and hair shaft. Typically this type of hair loss is commonly experienced with a dry, scaly, and itchy scalp.
- Traction alopecia. Tension and pressure caused by certain types of tight hair styles such as braids, ponytails and buns, often cause hair to weaken, thin, and all out.