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Types of Hair Loss


6 Types of Hair Loss

Anyone who’s experiencing hair loss understands that the struggle is real. Getting a diagnosis for what kind and how to treat thinning hair isn’t always easy. Millions of people are impacted by hair loss and don’t understand the cause. Below are just some of the types of thinning hair and how you can treat them.

1. Hereditary Hair Loss

When most people think of alopecia, this is what they have in mind. Referred to as androgenetic alopecia, it’s the most common form of hair loss. It is not caused by stress, aging, or hair styling. It is pattern baldness where the hair follicles just stop producing normal hair.

2. Shock Hair Loss

Sometimes you can start to lose hair because of an environmental shock. When this happens, hair growth will decrease and there will be an increase in dormant hair follicles. Your hair follicles will go into hibernation until the insult has passed. Environmental shocks can include giving birth, medications, crash dieting, physical trauma, having surgery, etc. Chronic illness and stress can also cause a shock to the system. The good news is once the shock has subsided the hair should begin to grow back.

Related: 4 Ways to Get Thicker Hair 

3. Gradual Hair Loss with Age

As a lot of people get older, they may experience gradual hair thinning. This just means that over time, the hair follicles move to a resting phase. Normally hair becomes shorter and finer as we age. 

4. Hair Loss caused by Medications

When people experience chronic illnesses, the medications they take on a regular basis may cause them to lose hair. This is another type that is usually reversible. Once you stop taking the medications, your hair should grow back.

5. Congenital Hair Loss

This is when a person has never grown hair. Some people don’t experience hair growth from the time they are born. This is an issue in fetal development. It doesn’t always mean that a child was born without hair. Sometimes people can be born with a full head of hair, but in early childhood they lose all their hair and it never regrows.

Related: Get Rid of Hair Loss and Restore Your Youthful Look

6. Hair Loss caused by Damaging Your Hair

Damaging your hair will not impact androgenetic alopecia. But it can cause you to experience thinning hair. Wearing tight hair styles such as ponytails or buns pulls on the hair. Or if you have harsh hair styling practices, such as overusing chemicals and styling tools, it could lead to thinning hair. Overall, you should treat your hair with care.

How to Treat Any Type of Hair Loss

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) hair restoration treatment is a great option for most types of hair loss. It is a simple treatment that improves hair density without surgery or any side effects. PRP for hair restoration involves a simple injection of your platelets into the scalp.    PRP will help increase hair density because it:

  • Increases blood supply to the follicle
  • Increases thickness
  • Triggers and maintains the hair growth phase
  • Controls the hair growth cycle
  • Decreases hair loss

Understanding the cause of your thinning hair is the first step in treating it!

If you’re tired of suffering from hair loss, then find out if PRP treatment is for you! Contact us today to schedule a consultation for evaluation by Dr. Chung.  

We will tailor a personal treatment plan especially for you! Call Us at (808) 949-8346.