If you are suffering from hair loss then you’ll understandably want to fix the problem as soon as possible. But before you rush in to buying products or investing in treatments, it is important to know the basics and what kind of hair loss you may have.

Here are some of the different types that affect people:

Telogen Effluvium

This is a form of temporary hair loss that affects both men and women equally. It occurs when your body goes through a particularly traumatic experience, whether a severe illness, weight loss, extreme stress or childbirth. The dramatic effect on your body results in your hair quickly transitioning from its growing or transitional phase into the resting (telogen) phase one all at once.

Androgenetic Alopecia (Female Pattern Hair Loss)

Androgenetic – also referred to as female-pattern baldness – is genetically inherited female pattern hair loss. It is responsible for thinning that occurs on all areas of the scalp. There are a variety of reasons why it occurs, mainly centred upon hormone irregularities, from ovarian cysts to menopause.

A thinning hairline is the initial sign of male pattern baldness, women however tend to keep their hairline but experience thinning across the central area of the scalp (the parting).

Anagen Effluvium

This hair loss occurs after chemotherapy or exposure to radiation. Chemotherapy targets not only cancers rapidly dividing cells but also your body’s rapidly dividing cells – hair follicles are the prime example of this. The chemotherapy causes the hair shaft to narrow and causes the hair to fracture and fall out.

Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is an inflammatory reaction that occurs when a person’s own immune system attacks the hair follicles. This often results in patches of hair shedding quickly, but the good news is the vast majority of their patients recover from this over time.

Traction Alopecia

Traction alopecia is the result of trauma to the hair follicles. It occurs because of excessively tight hairstyles, from cornrows to ponytails. We are seeing a significant rise in it because of the growing number of people wearing extensions and weaves. The good news is it is an entirely avoidable form of alopecia and if you detect it early enough then there is full scope for your hair to grow back.