Photo courtesy of joli cameleon

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Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss and it affects men, women and children. Hair loss is different for each person and there are many causes and contributing factors, including genetics, age and hormones, that can determine the severity and rate of loss.

The most common cause of hair loss is hereditary thinning or baldness, also known as androgenetic alopecia. According to American Academy of Dermatology Association, an estimated 50 million men and 30 million women in the United States are affected by this condition.

While only a medical professional can diagnose the cause of your hair loss, Tina Cimino Studio can help design a solution to regain your natural look and style. We truly care about each of our clients and strive to put you at ease and help your confidence shine through, regardless of the root cause of hair loss and whether your outlook requires a short-term or long-term solution.

Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition where the immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles. This causes hair loss on the scalp, face and other areas of the body. Alopecia areata affect men, women and children and can occur in multiple family members, suggesting genetics are at play. There are many types of alopecia areata, some of which include: Alopecia totalis, Alopecia universalis, Ophiasis, Cicatricial Alopecia, and Traction Alopecia.

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Androgentic Alopecia

This condition, also known as male and female pattern hair loss, is caused by genetics. Inherited hair follicles are sensitive to a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which causes thinning and balding over time. Men who experience male pattern baldness typically lose their hair in a predictable way, beginning with receding at the temples or thinning at the crown. As this progresses, there is often hair left only at the back of the head or there may be complete balding. For women with hereditary hair loss, there is often no recognizable pattern but they may see a widening part, overall thinning or patchy hair loss.

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Trichotillomania

Trichotillomania is an impulse control disorder that drives individuals to compulsively pull out their own hair. This disorder typically results in patchy bald spots on the scalp, eyebrows or eyelashes.  

 
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Auto-Immune Disorders

Autoimmune diseases can affect every part of the body, producing a wide range of symptoms that can include hair loss. In addition to alopecia areata, some of the most common disorders we see affecting our client’s hair loss include lupus and Hashimoto's Disease.

 
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Prescription Drugs and Medical Treatments

Although prescription medications are often necessary, many drugs and some medical treatments have unwanted side effects, including hair loss. Drugs cause hair loss by interfering with the normal cycle of scalp hair growth. Some of those medications or treatments may include: Acne medications, antibiotics, oral contraceptives, beta-blockers, hormone replacement therapy, steroids, bariatric surgery, and thyroid medications.

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Chemotherapy

Different types of chemotherapy drugs can cause hair loss. Some will result in gradual thinning while others cause loss by clumps of hair total loss. There are a variety of hair replacement options to help through the difficult time during a cancer diagnosis.

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Involutional Alopecia (Age Related Hair Loss)

Age is the second most common cause of hair loss. While this is a natural part of the aging process, we understand this many not feel natural to you. No matter what your age or the stage of your hair loss, there are many ways to enhance your thinning hair and ease the progression of loss to regain your sense of self.

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