Hair Structure - Permanent hair loss

Temporary hair loss is usually treatable but some people experience permanent hair loss, usually as a result of an illness or some form of trauma. However, the most common cause of permanent hair loss is alopecia.

There are various forms of alopecia but the most common is androgenetic alopecia or male pattern baldness. Women can also suffer from alopecia but men appear to be more prone than women.

Treatment for permanent hair loss as a result of androgenetic alopecia includes oral medication or surgery such as a hair transplant, scalp reduction or scalp stretching.

Alopecia is discussed in greater detail in our Male Hair Loss section.

Hair can also become damaged or broken - also known as ‘split ends’ as a result of excessive salon treatments or certain medications.

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