Conditions – Hair Loss

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If you read the November 2021 story in The Atlantic, you already know that the pandemic was a “mass hair-loss event.” 

While a COVID-19 infection itself might have been the cause for some of us to lose our hair, apparently the sheer pandemic trauma was enough to cause some of our bodies to push as much as 70% of our hair into the “telogen” phase of its growth cycle, stopping hair growth.

But for others, hair loss has been a problem – and will continue to be – with or without the pandemic. There are many culprits: pregnancy, changing hormones, heredity, chronic illness, nutritional deficiency, and certain medications.

The most common types of hair loss, or alopecia, include:

  • Involutional alopecia: A gradual thinning of hair with age. 
  • Androgenic alopecia: A genetic condition that can affect both men and women also known as male pattern baldness – which can appear on men from as early as the teens – or female pattern baldness, which normally afflicts women their 40s or later. 
  • Telogen effluvium: Temporary hair thinning due to changes in the growth cycle of hair – this is what happened in the mass stress-induced hair loss during the pandemic.

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