Besides age, risk factors for hair loss include:
- Certain autoimmune disorders
Signs and symptoms of hair loss
Hair loss might be difficult to notice at the beginning. As we said, it’s normal to lose strands of hair every day. But how much is too much? Do we count the hairs? No, of course not. Look for the following signs:
- thinning of the hair
- receding hairline
- excessive shedding
There are different types of hair loss, and some of them might be reversible. Let’s take a look at them:
- Male-pattern baldness. The typical symptoms are receding hairline, thinning of the hair (crown and temple), horseshoe shapes around the back and side of the head. It starts in the late twenties or thirties.
- Female-pattern baldness. The sign is thinning of the hair on the top of the head.
- Alopecia areata. The symptoms are bold patches as big as a large coin on the scalp. It usually affects teenagers. The hair regrows in most cases, but some do develop severe hair loss.
- Scarring alopecia. A complete destruction of the hair follicle due to complications from other diseases.
- Anagen effluvium. The typical sign is a widespread hair loss on your face, head, and body. It’s usually due to chemotherapy, and it’s temporal.
- Telogen effluvium. It’s a type of alopecia areata, but it causes a widespread thinning of the hair. Usually, your hair will start to grow in about six months.