Understanding Hair Loss


Why have I lost my hair?  To help we should begin with the growth cycle of a healthy head of hair so you can then relate it to and understand the different types of Alopecia.

Your hair grows in phases of activity and rest and it’s normal to lose up to 50-100 hairs a day.

hair-structure-life-cycleThe Anagen phase is the growth period and lasts around two to six years, during this time your follicles produce lovely thick, coloured hair and about 90% of all your hair is in the Anagen phase at any given time.

The Catagen phase is next, this is when the base of the follicle begins to reduce in size and it only lasts a few weeks

The Telogen phase is the resting period, about two to four months, your follicles shrink even more.

Return to Anagen phase, this is when your old hair is dislodged and falls out so your new hair can grow in its place.

That’s a healthy head of hair, now let’s look at why you’ve lost your hair. Your hair loss may be localised or diffuse, you may notice hair shedding, poor hair quality, hair thinning or bald areas and in some cases there may be evidence of scalp disease or scarring. Broadly speaking Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss and as we’ve just seen it can be broken down into different types or categories of loss so we’ve created an Alopecia in women page, just turn to it now, you should find details to help you to identify your type of loss.

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