At any given time, about 90% of the hair on your scalp is growing. Each follicle has its own life cycle that can be influenced by age, disease, and a wide variety of other factors. As you age, the rate of hair growth slows.
There are three phases in the life cycle of a hair follicle:
- Anagen is active hair growth that lasts between two to six years
- Catagen is transitional hair growth that lasts two to three weeks
- Telogen is a resting phase that lasts about two to three months; at the end of the resting phase the hair is shed and a new hair replaces it and the growing cycle starts again.
Alopecia is hair loss from the scalp or elsewhere and it can occur in men, women, and children. There are various types of alopecia with various causes and indications. Understanding which type of alopecia you have is the first step to finding a treatment.
Women with androgenetic or androgenic alopecia usually have thinning on all areas of the scalp. Men, instead, have more distinct patterns of baldness. Some women have a combination of two pattern types.
Androgenic alopecia in women is due to androgens, male hormones that are typically present in only small amounts. Androgenic alopecia can be caused by a variety of factors tied to hormones, including some ovarian cysts, taking high androgen index birth control pills, pregnancy, and menopause. Just as in men, the hormone DHT appears to be at least partially to blame for the shrinking of hair follicles in women suffering with female pattern baldness. Heredity is also a factor.
Telogen effluvium (TE) happens when there is a change in the number of hair follicles growing hair. If the number of hair follicles producing hair drops significantly for any reason during the resting, or telogen phase, there will be a significant increase in dormant, telogen stage hair follicles. The result is shedding, or TE hair loss.
Anagen effluvium occurs when the hair follicle is impaired at the molecular level, such as chemotherapy. After chemotherapy, approximately 90 percent or more of hairs in the anagen phase can fall out.
The cause of alopecia areata is an inflammatory condition. Symptoms include patchy shedding of hair, which can develop quite suddenly. Most patients recover their hair within two years, whether or not they receive treatment.
The cause of this condition is due to tight hairstyles that pull at the hair over time. If the condition is detected early enough, the hair will regrow. Braiding, cornrows, tight ponytails, and extensions are the most common styling causes of traction alopecia.
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