Alopecia, what is it?

Woman with Alopecia Universalis

Alopecia means hair loss. It is caused by numerous conditions, the most common types are:

  • Male or Female pattern baldness

    Permanent hair loss from the scalp, causing baldness. It is basically a hormonal imbalance that can begin at age twenty or later. Much can be done to stop and reverse androgenic alopecia, depending on the severity and when you begin treatment. Options include: diet, oral drugs, and supplements, topical applications: from essential oils and herbs to FDA approved drugs, to laser treatment (including at-home treatments), platelet-rich plasma treatment (PTR), and hair transplants. However, not everyone can benefit from these treatments, and most of them are limited in their success rate. One can spend thousands of dollars trying to save whatever hair they have, only to lose it again once the treatment stops. Transplants have come quite far, but plan to have more than one if you are young, have a large balding area, or want thick hair.
    Female pattern baldness is a distinctive form of hair loss that occurs in women with androgenetic alopecia. … Female pattern baldness also called androgenetic alopecia, is hair loss that affects women. It’s similar to male pattern baldness, except that women can lose their hair in a different pattern than men. Hair loss in women is normal, especially as you age. Up to two-thirds of women experience hair loss after menopause
  • Alopecia areata 

  • Is a sudden loss of hair, either in patches or in some cases affecting the entire body. It is thought to be caused by an autoimmune condition. It can also be brought on by severe stress. Treatment can help, but this condition can’t be cured. It requires a medical diagnosis although lab tests or imaging is not required to diagnose. The hair loss may reverse itself spontaneously, or treatment may be required. Each case may have different hair loss patterns, and each person may respond to treatment differently.

  • Telogen Effluvium

    Is a reversible condition in which hair falls out after a stressful experience. It is a scalp disorder characterized by the thinning or shedding of hair resulting from the early entry of hair in the telogen phase (the resting phase of the hair follicle). It is reversible in many cases, however, a chronic form with a more insidious onset and a longer duration also exists. It is probably the second most common form of hair loss dermatologists see. It is a poorly defined condition; very little research has been done to understand TE. In essence, though, TE happens when there is a change in the number of hair follicles growing.

    A great personal story about Telogen Effluvium is here

  • Anagen Effluvium

    Is an abnormal loss of hair during the first phase (anagen) of the hair’s growth cycle. Most hair follicles are in the anagen stage at any given time. This process is different from chronic telogen effluvium and is thought to be a reduction in the variance of anagen duration.

    At Chris for Hair we work with clients that experience these types of hair loss as well as those experiencing hair loss from chemotherapy, medication side effects, hair pulling and other medical and genetic causes every day. We have the knowledge, experience and compassion to offer solutions that are effective, natural looking, and affordable. We are California’s best resource to help you through your battle with hair loss.