Different Forms of Hair Loss

Different Forms of Hair Loss

What are the Types of Hair Loss Common in Men and Women?

There are many types of hair loss in men. Some of the common conditions are as below –

Involutional alopecia

This is the most common type of hair loss in men, where the hair starts to thin naturally with age. The majority of hair follicles go into resting phase while remaining hair becomes short.

Androgenic alopecia
It is a genetic condition that is characterized by the gradual disappearance of the hairline from the frontal scalp and/or the crown as early as teen age.

Scarring alopecias

This type of hair loss is caused by inflammatory skin conditions such as folliculitis, cellulitis, and acne etc that destroys the ability of hair to regenerate.

Alopecia areata

This type of hair loss starts suddenly in children and young adults and may result in complete baldness. The hair returns within a few years in the majority of people. Total hair loss due to this condition is often referred to as Alopecia Universalis or Alopecia Totalis.

Anagen Effluvium

The sudden loss of hair during the growing stage may be caused by the continuous exposure to toxins and chemicals found in chemotherapy and radiation therapy.


The primary cause of male pattern baldness is genetics or a family history of hair loss. The genetics may affect the hair follicles negatively, making them shrink so much that no hair grows.

Hormonal changes

Male pattern baldness can be associated with ‘Androgens’, the male sex hormones that tend to play an important role in regulating the growth of hair.

Chronic conditions

Baldness in men is sometimes associated with chronic conditions such as cancer, scalp infections, stress, anabolic steroids, thyroid etc.

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