Hair Loss Terminology

What are we talking about?

istockphoto_balding_hair_lo_540x405Getting into the words and their meanings, Hair Loss Terminology


What Causes Hair Loss?

Male Pattern Baldness
There are many factors that cause hair loss in men and women. The main cause is DNA genetics. Remember looking at your mother’s father and noticing thinning or complete balding and you were young with a full head of hair? Step forward about 5-10 years and chances are you will follow your maternal grandfather’s male pattern baldness.

Androgenic Alopecia
Official name for male pattern baldness, androgenic alopecia is a DNA linked characteristic that is passed from mother to child. A man can more accurately predict his chances of developing male pattern baldness by observing his mother’s father than by looking at his own father.

Alopecia Aerate
A condition that causes round patches of hair loss and can lead to total hair loss. Most of the time there are no other symptoms besides hair loss.

Telogen Effluvium
A non-scarring form of hair loss or hair shedding. This is a longer duration of loss than normal shedding. It can be caused by diet, stress and aging.

Female Pattern Baldness
Hair loss in females occurs when hair falls out and normal new hair does not grow in its place. The reason for female pattern baldness is not well understood, but it may be related to:

  • Aging
  • Changes in androgens (male hormones) level. For example, after reaching menopause, women may find their head hair is thinner, while their face hair is coarser.
  • Family history of male or female pattern baldness

Hair loss can occur in women for reasons other than female pattern baldness, including the following:

  • Breaking of hair (from treatments and twisting or pulling of hair, or hair shaft abnormalities that are present from birth)
  • Certain skin diseases that lead to scarring of the hair follicles
  • Certain autoimmune diseases
  • Hormone problems, such as too much testosterone, or too much or too little thyroid hormone
  • Too little iron
  • Too little vitamin B (biotin) or other vitamin deficiency
  • Medications such as chemotherapy and beta blockers
  • Patchy hair loss
  • Syphilis, a sexually transmitted infection
  • Temporary shedding of hair after a major illness, surgery, or pregnancy

Shampoo can cause hair loss
Yes and No. Salons and manufactures of hair care shampoos and conditioners take the utmost care when developing or selling their hair shampoo. Most of their products have to undergo strict quality control regulations as well as clinical trials on people with real hair to see that the shampoos and other products do not damage hair. There are many myths that wax build up and high levels of chemicals added into shampoo can cause hair loss.
But even with all this care taken to see that shampoos are safe for use, there are many chemicals in shampoos, some of which your skin may have an allergic reaction to and cause your hair thinning and or your hair to fall out. The good news is that it will be a temporary case of “hair fall” and not hair loss. Once you switch brands, even your hair fall problem should be taken care of.

When choosing a shampoo or conditioner for your hair loss needs please do your research. At Evolve we are happy to advise you on some great products.

Norwood Scale
A scale that defines the measure of hair loss progression. There are many variants in pattern hair loss. It is helpful to use this scale when relaying your hair loss progression to physicians or practitioners. The scale shows the most typical. See the Norwood Scale here.

Hair Loss Treatments

Scalp Micro Pigmentation
Scalp Micro Pigmentation is a non-invasive, non-surgical approach to hair restoration. It is the process of blending different semi-permanent pigments into the scalp, recreating the look of thousands of hair follicles. Cosmetic Hair Restoration™ (CHR) is a type of Scalp Micro Pigmentation. CHR is also used in the repair of scalp scarring.

Laser Hair Therapy
One of the fastest growing hair loss treatments is a laser hair machine.  We do recommend this to all of our clients, however you will not get a full head of hair from use, although it does make existing hair stronger. Along with reversing thinning hair in the crown area, it is a great combination to give you texture with the CHR process.


Strip Scar
Hair is removed from the back of the head and strategically placed in the balding areas of the scalp. Please remember, depending on your Norwood scale you will never be able to cover the whole head, that’s why the CHR process is a great combination with transplants.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE)
Unlike the strip scar, FUE is a surgical instrument that removes one follicle at a time. It can be used on virtually any area of the body. Mainly the sides of the scalp, beard, chest, legs, and arms. This can be an effective solution if your donor area has been depleted. Please note this can be a great solution to give you texture in a combination with our CHR process (Scalp Micro Pigmentation process). There are few doctors who can perform FUE.

Evolve works with two of the best FUE surgeons and would be happy to recommend their services.

We Can Help

We recommend you do your research on hair loss treatment options. You will see that our CHR Scalp Micro Pigmentation process alone or with a combination of hair loss treatments will give you the full head of hair you have desired. Evolve Hair Clinic takes great pride with over 30 years of combined hair loss knowledge and experience.

Remember, you have options, and we want to help you make the right great decision!