Hair loss, also known as alopecia or baldness, refers to excessive hair fall from the scalp that can be temporary or permanent. Hair fall is one of the most common problems which one experiences in everyday life. However, some amount of hair loss is considered normal as there are 3 stages through which each hair follicle goes through known as the Anagen phase, Catagen phase and Telogen phase.

At any given point of time, about 85% of the scalp hairs are in the growth stage and remaining are in the resting stage.

Causes of Hair loss:

  • Heredity
  • Age – The hair loss generally increases with age and can lead to either male pattern or female pattern baldness.
  • Illness – The hair loss usually increases after any acute illness.
  • Anemia/Nutritional deficiency
  • Medical conditions like thyroid disorders, diabetes and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Dandruff
  • Scalp Psoriasis
  • Rapid weight-loss diets that severely restrict calories or protein increase hair loss. Also, nutritional deficiencies of certain nutrients, such as iron and zinc can increase hair loss.
  • Chemical treatments like straightening
Most Common Types of Hair loss
  • Male Pattern Hair loss
  • Female Pattern Hair loss
  • Alopecia Areata
  • Scalp Psoriasis
  • Seborrhoeic Dermatitis
  • Trichotillomania