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.


Anagen Stage – Your hair grows approximately half an inch per month [about 6 inches per year], and quicker in the summer than in winter. The development stage, or anagen stage, lasts an average of 3-5 years — a full size hair averages 18 to 30 inches. The anagen phase is normally more in people of Asian descent and will last up to 7 years — meaning that your hair could have the ability to grow up to 3 feet long!

Catagen Stage – At the close of the anagen stage, your own hair passes the catagen stage. This brief transitional phase lasts roughly 10 days.

Telogen Stage – Eventually, if your own hair enters the telogen stage, a resting stage when strands are discharged and drops out. The follicle then stays dormant for 3 weeks, before the entire procedure is repeated.

Every hair follicle is separate and travels throughout the development cycle at several times — otherwise all of your hair will fall out simultaneously! Rather, you simply lose a definite number of hairs per day — 80 to 100 hairs onto a wholesome head of hair.

Hair loss, baldness and issues with hair growth can happen whenever your development cycle is interrupted. This is sometimes triggered by conditions like metabolic imbalances, sickness or improper nourishment.

For example, 6 months following restrictive dieting or a higher fever, you might encounter telogen effluvium (abrupt pubic baldness ). This happens whenever your anagen (growth) stage is cut off short, and lots of hairs enter the telogen (shedding) stage at precisely the exact same moment.

When your hair growth cycle is always challenged or not endorsed with great nourishment, you might realize that your hair won’t grow so long as it used to. This is only because your hairs are not permitted to remain in the anagen stage long enough to achieve the desired span

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