What is Alopecia:
Hair loss does not always appear as a result of androgen activity and genetic predisposition (known as androgenetic alopecia, or Male and Female Pattern Baldness). There are other forms of hair loss which can come on gradually or very suddenly and can change a person's life forever. The causes may still be genetic and may still be hormone related. However, there are other influencing factors like the immune system, auto-immune conditions and numerous other more elusive factors. A hormonal shift in female hormones can lead to 40% or more hair loss.
These conditions most often present themselves as sudden patchy hair loss and sometimes a total loss of head or body hair. While all hair loss is technically called "alopecia," this term is more commonly seen in relation to the patchy or universal loss of hair.
- Alopecia Areata: The most common form of non-traditional alopecia, this is for men and women suffering from Alopecia Areata, which is characterized by small or large patches of hair loss on the scalp.
- Alopecia Totalis: For men and women who are suffering from Alopecia Totalis, which is a condition characterized by total loss of hair on the head.
- Alopecia Universalis: For men and women who are suffering from Alopecia Universalis, a variant type of Alopecia Areata which is characterized by total loss of the body hair.
- Normal Hair Loss: We all lose hair everyday. Hair grows for a period of time, usually 2 to 6 years, and then the follicles shed the hair and go into a resting stage for approximately 3 months, then a new hair growth cycle begins. It is normal to lose between 50 to 100 hairs per day from normal shedding.