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Types of Hair Loss in Men

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Summary

In today’s modern, world rush hour stress, work stress, pollution & other negative forces can cause health problems to creep up faster than anyone can anticipate, be it a man or a woman, everyone has become a victim of poor health as they are not able to make time for the greatest gift of god – their own body. One of these health deficits comes in the name and shape of hair loss, specifically in men. Let’s shed some light on it.

Understanding Hair Loss Jargons

Understanding your hair loss problems requires a clear view of various technicalities that are associated with hair loss conditions. It all boils down to one-word“Alopecia”, all other signs and symptoms revolve around this “hair devastating” word created with 8 characters and 4 vowels……. just kidding. Getting back to some serious hair analysis work, there are about more than dozen problems associated with hair loss of the complete body, and not just the scalp. Let’s see each of them supported with a small description


Alopecia Areta

Hair follicle stops growing due to an incorrect immune system that targets the hair follicle, resulting in degradation or no growth of new hair across the scalp.


Ophasis

Hair loss occurs at the back of the head or around the edge of the scalp.


Androgenetic Alopecia

Most common form of hair loss or baldness seen in men & women, the hair on the scalp recedes backwards forming an “M” shape.


Alopecia Totalis

As the word “totalis” implies “total”, meaning complete loss of hair on the scalp.


Alopecia Universalis

Again, very easy to understand, “Universalis” meaning “Universal” or pertaining to the complete body. This condition is characterised by no hair on the body as well as the scalp.


Traction Alopecia

Traction Alopecia is a condition that is characterised by hair being subjected to very high-pressure conditions like pony tails, braids, extensions, or any other form of harsh hair traction.


Trichotillomania

A compulsive disorder that drives people to pull out their hair which leads to complete hair loss due to follicle abuse.

The above-mentioned hair conditions were some of the many that have been studied and treated upon by medical professionals over the years.

The risk of losing hair can start from a very young age due to hereditary hormone problems. Genetics can play a very important role with male pattern baldness. Other factors that can trigger male hair loss can be -

  • Hair abuse due to chemicals from shampoos, conditioners, & other hair products.
  • Harsh hair combing with brushes and combs.
  • Hair loss can be triggered due to pollution, medicines & various allergies.

The class system

Loss of hair on the scalp can also be understood by a class system that ranges from class I to class VII.

  • Class I-Juvenile Hairline with no balding
  • Class II-temporal recession above the upper brow crease
  • Class III- Marks the initial stage of balding
  • Class IV –Frontal hair loss with additional mid scalp from the front and vertex
  • Class V –Complete hair loss of the crown & the frontal region with the bridge splitting into spaces
  • Class VI–This characteristic shows a huge bald spot on the top as well as front of the head
  • Class VII –Hair presence seen on the sides and back only, with extensive hair loss at the center

Conclusion

Men need to take care of their hair as they reach their 30’s due to high stress conditions, various forms of pollution, genetic disorders & various other factors. It is best to consult a hair specialist as soon as signs or symptoms of hair loss are observed.

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