What is Hair Loss?
Hair loss / baldness is thinning of hair on your scalp. The medical term for hair loss is alopecia. Alopecia may be permanent or temporary. The most commonly seen hair loss is androgenetic alopecia. Androgenetic Alopecia means a combination of hormones (androgens are male hormones) and heredity (genetics) are required to develop this type of hair loss.
Other kinds of baldness include-
alopecia areata ( autoimmune condition where circular bald patches appear on the scalp and other hair-bearing areas ), telogen effluvium ( hair roots prematurely reach the resting phase and shed ); and traction alopecia (thinning from tight braids or ponytails caused over time by constant pulling on hair roots ).
Hair loss occurs with age in both women and men, but is more pronounced in men.