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Hair loss: Why me? & What are the fixes?

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We all know someone who might be affected by hair loss, maybe even ourselves! Androgenic Alopecia is the most common genetic and age-related type of alopecia whereas we age, the rate of hair growth begins to crawl to a stop. The word alopecia comes from the Latin word for “hair loss” and is also known as pattern baldness.

Do you see many seniors with long flowing hair down to their waist? It’s not because they wouldn’t like to sport that style but that their hair physically can’t grow as long as it used to. When we are young, around 90 percent of our hair is in a growth phase at any given time but as we get older this percentage decreases dramatically and the hair is no longer continuously replaced.

 

What makes Androgenetic Alopecia different from other types of hair loss?

Androgenetic Alopecia is a genetically determined condition that can affect both men and women. This disorder is known for the gradual change from active to inactive hair growth affecting the crown of the head and front of the scalp. Although this condition physically affects men and women differently, it can harm their self-esteem and emotional well-being equally.

People that suffer from other types of alopecia can site a wide range of causes from genetics to disease to events or lifestyle choices.

Alopecia Areata is a condition where the immune systems targets the hair follicles and hair beings to fall out in patches. This disturbs natural hair growth and is often linked to other autoimmune conditions. This type of alopecia is often hereditary and happens in many members of the same family.  

Alopecia Universalis is characterized by complete hair loss all over the body. Humans are mammals and the hair on our bodies serves a protective role against bacteria, the sun and other toxic elements we come across in daily life. The lack of hairs on the body, nasal cavity, eyelashes and scalp means that those with this type of alopecia need to take extreme care to protect themselves from these elements. Studies indicate this type affects less than 1% of people.

Alopecia Totalis usually starts out as Alopecia Areata with the loss of small patches of hair but then spreads to result in total baldness. Unlike Alopecia Universalis, this type of Alopecia remains only on the scalp. 

Cicatricial Alopecia is a type of hair loss in which hair follicles are destroyed and replaced by scar tissue. There are two types of Cicatricial Alopecia- primary and secondary. In the case of Primary Cicatricial Alopecia, the hair loss is caused directly by inflammation of the hair follicles, the causes of which are little understood.

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Scarring Alopecia is the Secondary Cicatricial Alopecia type. This type of hair loss is caused by an event or process, such as burns or infections that causes scar tissue to replace hair follicles. 

Traction Alopecia is caused directly by how you treat your hair due to increased tension on the hair and breakage. A big factor that results in Traction Alopecia are chemical treatments, such as hair coloring, bleach, and other styling chemicals. Some hairstyles that cause tension on the scalp, such as braiding and tight ponytails are also common causes. Read more about what you can do to avoid and prevent hair loss.

Androgenetic Alopecia in Women

In women, the hair becomes thinner all over the head and the hairline does not recede. Androgenetic Alopecia or female pattern baldness rarely leads to total baldness. Normally, women don’t begin to experience hair loss until their 40’s or later. Female pattern baldness can be mapped according to the Ludwig Scale.


Androgenetic Alopecia in Men

Men with hair loss or Androgenetic Alopecia, also called male pattern baldness, will see a receding hairline and gradual disappearance of hair from the crown and frontal scalp. Some men can begin suffering hair loss as early as their teens or early 20s. Male pattern baldness can be mapped in a predictable way according to the Hamilton-Norwood Scale.

 

Hair Systems are the Easier Solution


Identifying which type of hair loss you are experiencing is the first step on the road to finding a solution. 

No matter if you are just noticing some patches or you are at a more advanced stage of Androgenetic Alopecia, there are plenty of options that can help you regain your confidence and sense of self. 

When you decide that it’s finally time to do something about Androgenetic Alopecia there are really only two options: surgical or nonsurgical. Both solutions to hair loss have their own advantages and disadvantages so the next question to ask yourself is: How invasive do I want my treatment to be?

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Hair systems are hairpieces that you attach to your scalp using either tape or glue. These products come in different lengths, sizes and can even be customized for your head. You can take them on and off depending on your comfort and can change your style with ease. Luckily, Advent Hair provides buyers with many options in types of hair and textures within their hair systems.

On the other hand, surgical treatments involve replacing blading areas with any strong hair follicles you may have. This method requires that you must have existing hair still remaining; either on the sides or back of their head. This option is not available if you are fully or nearly full bald. These treatments require lots of time to see results that are not guaranteed. 

 

Above all, being comfortable in your skin is the ultimate goal. Greeting the world with openness and confidence is possible for those with any type of Alopecia. Hair systems provide a cheaper, faster, and easier solution to be yourself inside and out.  

 

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