There are a number of different types of hair loss both men and women experience. We’ve identified the most popular types of hair loss to help you assess your situation.
Androgens such as testosterone are another cause for androgenetic alopecia. This is typically only seen in men, as a large amount of testosterone is required to produce the condition. With the combination of genetics and testosterone overloading your hair follicles, male pattern baldness ensues.
Women will usually experience hair loss later in life, but men can show signs as early as puberty. Another noticeable difference is that men will typically lose the hair, and it never grows back. With women sufferers, the conditions presents as more of an extreme thinning of the hair on top of their heads.
Telogen effluvium, so named because it affects the telogen, or rest state of hair growth, is the stress-triggering baldness factor seen in men and women. Pregnancy, death of a loved one, financial worries, work issues, and drastic weight loss will all trigger stressors in the body that affect hair follicles. Stress is the second highest cause of hair loss. When your body is stressed in such a way, your body tells the hair follicle it needs all building materials for other processes, and thus steals the necessary components to grow the hair. Luckily, when the stress disappears, the hair will usually grow back. However, it is sometimes difficult to diagnose stress as the cause, and treatment at the early stages of hair loss is recommended.
Alopecia areata develops patches of baldness, and affects 1 out of 100 people. It is believed to be autoimmune in nature, affects men and women equally, and is usually seen in young adults. This condition is usually temporary, but recurrences can happen.
Traction alopecia and trichotillomania
Traction alopecia and trichotillomania are the result of excessive pulling and plucking the hair, respectively. While traction alopecia can be either temporary or permanent, the styling of the hair causing it must be stopped before the follicle is killed. Trichotillomania is typically a psychiatric problem seen in young children and teens.
Regardless of the cause of your hair loss, the effective ingredient in Regaine, minoxidil, is the only recognized treatment for stopping loss and stimulating growth. It is recommended to begin treating baldness at first signs of hair loss for best results.