Hair thinning is a symptom, not an illness. Therefore there is no single cause, and no single treatment. Alopecia is a general medical term used for hair loss. Some common types of alopecia are described below:
Androgenetic is the most common form of alopecia and the focus of much of the information below. Androgenetic alopecia is caused by hormone and growth factor level changes during stress or ageing. Some people have a genetic predisposition that makes it more likely they will have Androgenetic alopecia, making it hereditary. Male pattern baldness is a misnomer as it is common in both men and women.
Traction alopecia is increasingly common in younger women because of the fashion for tight hairstyles, extensions and weaves. Traction alopecia happens as these aggressive styling methods cause a lot of tension and trauma of the hair root, causing it to break.
Alopecia areata is the type of hair loss that most people associate with the word alopecia. It is thought to be related to an immune condition. It’s also believed that some people’s genes make them more susceptible to alopecia areata as one in five people with the condition have a family history of it. Visible signs are patches of baldness that move or change over time. It can occur at any age, but mostly affects teenagers and young adults. 60% of those affected develop visible signs before they are 20.
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Unfortunately, even growth factors haven’t been proven to treat the second two types of hair loss. However, they help healthy hair growth so may be able to speed up recovery if the client was already recovering. As there is no single treatment for all alopecias, hair thickening fibres are a useful interim solution.