While male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) is most common, there are many different types of hair loss that affect men, women, and children.


Hair loss is rarely something one chooses. But it’s extremely common, more for men but lots of women and children experience it as well. What’s less known is that there are many types of hair loss, the bulk of it due to genetics, some to trauma and medical treatment, and some of it due to behaviors and emotional illness.


Knowing the different types of hair loss and what causes it is a first step in addressing them and, in many cases, reversing the loss. It’s a good idea to be armed with as much information before picking up the phone and calling the local hair loss treatment clinic. When you finally do, you’ll want to be certain the clinic provides hair loss solutions for women and men.


Start with the medical term, which is alopecia. The word itself derives from “alopex,” the Greek word for fox. Evidently, the animal is often afflicted with mange, which includes balding in patches. Alopecia is the umbrella term, but the specific types of hair loss comes under the following names (grouped by general causative factors):

Genetic casues of hair loss 

Environmental/external causes of hair loss

Patient-caused hair loss

While the loss of hair in ancient Greece might have been simply accepted as one’s fate, the modern understanding of different types of hair loss and various forms of treatment now mean that baldness need not be destiny.