Everyone loses hair. It is normal to lose about 50-100 hairs every day. If you see bald patches or lots of thinning, you may be experiencing hair loss. The medical term for hair loss is Alopecia.
The most common cause of hair loss is hereditary hair loss. About 80 million men and women in the United States have this type of hair loss. Other names for this type of hair loss include Male-pattern baldness, Female-pattern baldness, or Androgenetic alopecia.
There are many possible reasons for hair loss, ranging from genetic to environmental. One of the most common hair loss causes is genetics, resulting in alopecia or male pattern baldness (which occurs in women as well as men). Although alopecia causes cannot be prevented, there are several possible approaches to addressing this cause of hair loss, including hair transplantation surgery, medications, and laser therapy.
Hair loss occurs when the hair follicle shrinks and becomes unable to grow new hair.