Hair loss can be effectively treated in some cases. Hair loss might be reversible, or at least slowed. It is possible for hair to regrow without treatment in some conditions (alopecia areata, patchy hair loss). There are medications and surgical treatments available for hair loss.

Hair loss can take many forms. What are they?

In total, there are three types: anagen effluvium, telogen effluvium, and FPHL.
• Anagen Effluvium: This is a result of medicines that poison hair follicles (like chemotherapy).
• Telogen effluvium: This occurs when an excessive number of hair follicles reach telogen – which is a stage when hair starts falling out.
• Androgenetic alopecia/female pattern alopecia/female pattern hair loss (FPHL)/baldness: This type is the most common. The hair thinning is mostly over the crown and it also occurs on the sides.

Is there a myth surrounding hair loss?

Many people believe they are losing their hair. However, none of the following are true:
• Shampooing too much, coloring it, or getting a perm cause you to lose your hair.
• Female experience permanent hair loss due to dandruff.
• Women experience permanent hair loss due to stress.
• Hair grows back twice as thick after shaving your head.
• Getting your blood flowing on your head will stimulate hair growth.
• Brushing your hair 100 strokes daily will make your hair healthier.
• Women who wear hats and wigs experience hair loss.
• This phenomenon predominantly affects intellectual women.