What is Alopecia? – The Wonderful Wigs of OZ!

What is Alopecia?

"What causes hair loss?

A lot of different things contribute to hair loss in women. It’s often a combination of factors. The most common causes of sudden rapid hair loss, or telogen effluvium (TE), are stress and fluctuating hormones, especially after pregnancy. Hair might also fall out after a major illness or injury, but the shedding usually doesn’t happen until a few months later, regardless of the trigger. Female pattern hair loss is also very common and is hereditary. It’s more prevalent after menopause because hormones sometimes play a role. Some hairstyling techniques and products can lead to hair loss. So can certain medications, other scalp diseases or a poor diet with nutritional deficiencies. Hair loss is sometimes tied to underlying health conditions, such as thyroid disorders, anemia and autoimmune disease.

At what age does hair loss typically start?

Different types of hair loss typically start at different ages. A common type of hair loss in women is an inherited condition known as androgenic alopecia, or female pattern hair loss. It usually begins when a woman is in her 40s or 50s, but it could start later, or as early as puberty. It starts with a gradual thinning of the hair, usually near the part. For some women, it’s connected to an underlying medical condition."

This information is from The University of Chicago Medicine. You can read more here...


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