Alopecia is the medical term used to describe any type of hair loss or balding. There are many types of alopecia, and it can be caused by different factors.
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A few forms of alopecia include:
Androgenic alopecia is the cause of 95 percent of all hair loss in men and women and is most commonly referred to as male or female pattern baldness. When androgenetic alopecia occurs, large active hair follicles in specific areas begin to change to smaller, less active hair follicles. Follicles continue to shrink with each new growth cycle. It can be genetic.
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder that causes hair loss on the scalp and on the body. Generally, it starts with one or more small, round patches on the scalp. It may progress to total scalp hair loss (alopecia totalis) or complete body hair loss (alopecia universalis). Alopecia areata affects about 6.5 million people in the United States. It is highly unpredictable and cyclical. Hair may grow back in or fall out at any time. To learn more about alopecia areata, contact the National Alopecia Areata Foundation.
Traction alopecia is the gradual loss of hair due to a frequent or constant abrasive pulling force on the hair. This is the leading cause of hair loss among African-American women because of popular cultural hairstyling, which frequently involves extensions, weaving, braiding, corn rows, ponytails and barrettes.
Women suffering from traction alopecia will begin to see gradual and noticeable hair loss along the edges of their scalp. This includes the front and back of the hairline, the temples and behind the ears.
Central Cicatricial Centifugal Alopecia
Central cicatricial centifugal alopecia, more simply referred to as CCCA, is a form of traction alopecia that is associated with chemical relaxers, oils, gels, dyes and bleaches that weaken the keratin structure of the follicle. It is a source for thinning along the scalp line and at the center. CCCA is the second leading cause of hair loss in African-American women.
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