What are the different types of Hair Loss?

Is hair loss hereditary?  Does it come from stress and trauma?  In today’s blog post, we discuss the different types of hair loss along with newer, effective treatments available today for managing hair regrowth.

Hair loss can occur from a variety of ways, typically categorized by the hair growth cycle.  These three cycles are called anagen, catagen and telogen.

Most of the hair on your scalp is in a growing phase for 2-6 years.  This is called the anagen phase which occurs while your hair is growing.  The hair follicle forms a new hair on the shaft at this point.  The catagen phase comes next and only lasts 1-2 weeks, however only 1% of the hair on your head is going through this transition phase.  In the telogen phase, the hair is at a resting state.  Some hair will fall out as this stage which lasts 3-4 months.  It is normal to lose about 100 hairs a day.

Androgenetic Alopecia, hair loss that is inherited, starts in the anagen phase causing the growth cycle to become shorter and shorter.  The hair follicles also start producing thinner hairs, until the follicles disappear.  Alopecia Areata is caused by the immune system mistakenly attacking the hair follicles, and becomes worse at the telogen phase, throwing the hair into the rest period too soon.  Another type of hair loss occurring in the telogen phase, telogen effluvium, can be caused by many different things.  This occurs when large amounts of hair enter the resting phase which causes shedding and thinning.  This can be caused by physical stress, recent traumatic experiences, poor nutrition, changes in hormone levels such as those occurring after child birth, or even as a side effect from a medicine.

There are some types of hair loss that are not affected by the growth cycle, the common ones being traction alopecia and trichotillomania.  Trichotillomania is a psychological disorder which consists of obsessive compulsive behavior where the patient is pulling hair out of their scalp, eyelashes or eyebrows.  The patient does this in order to feel a tension release afterward.  Tractor alopecia occurs directly around the hairline and is caused by physical trauma to the scalp, such as tight braids or ponytails.

Treatment for hair loss has come a long way in recent years.  The LaserCap and LCPRO are wireless devices that have changed the way we look at treating hair loss.  Whether it’s hair thinning or hair loss, these devices can help change the way you look and feel.  Laser hair therapy is an effective treatment to aid either in pre or post op hair transplant patients.  One of the great benefits of using these products is the fact that patients do not need to change their normal routine in order to do treatment; patients may go about their day and treat on their own time, whether they’re at home, work or on the go.  Effective in treating many different types of hair loss, the LaserCap and LCPRO make the process of treating the patient more effective and convenient.