No one wants to experience losing hair in any way. But if you know that the problem is likely to be temporary, that can offer some comfort.
On the other hand, knowing that your hair loss is permanent and progressive might be devastating, but it does allow you to plan out a course of action to help treat it as best you can.
Of course, there is no substitute for consulting with a professional and receiving an official diagnosis. However, we’ve put together a few tips to help you work out what type of hair loss you are experiencing.
Does losing hair follow a recognisable pattern?
Both male and female pattern hair loss (official name: androgenic alopecia), as the name suggests, tends to follow a pattern. But the pattern for women looks different to how it presents in men.
As most of us know, male-pattern hair loss tends to begin at the hairline and the crown, spreading slowly across the head.
For women, the hair loss tends to appear in a more diffuse fashion, thinning across the head, but not in one noticeable spot. Usually it first becomes apparent at the parting.
If this sounds like what you are experiencing, then it could well be that you are suffering from androgenic alopecia. The bad news is that this kind of hair loss tends to be permanent, and it develops over time.
The good news is that these days there are plenty of treatments available. From laser treatments to hair transplants, SMP to hair loss drugs. There are many ways to keep hair loss in check.
Did you lose your hair suddenly?
There are a few causes of sudden hair loss, but fortunately the vast majority of them are temporary. The most common conditions that cause sudden hair loss are:
- Telogen effluvium – often caused by a major stressful event or severe illness, telogen effluvium forces all the hair follicles into the “telogen” (resting) phase of the hair cycle at once, so that you shed a lot of hair in one go.
- Alopecia areata – an autoimmune condition, alopecia areata causes the body’s immune system to attack the hair follicles, causing the hair in that area to fall out. It usually presents as noticeable patches of hair loss on the scalp, but can cause all the hair on the scalp to fall out (alopecia totalis), or sometimes all the hair on the body as well (alopecia universalis). The condition is usually temporary.
Can temporary hair loss be treated?
There are things you can do to diminish the impact of temporary hair loss, although it is probably not necessary to undergo any treatment to regrow the hair.
If you’re still unsure what kind of hair loss you’re experiencing, or would simply like to speak to an expert to get a bit more information, please call us on 0121 312 2999.