Alopecia, the medical term for hair loss, is a common condition affecting millions of men and women worldwide. Hair loss presents in a variety of ways and can vary greatly from person to person. Thinning hair, a receding hairline, bald spots, or excessive shedding are all effects of hair loss and can be caused by factors such as age, disease or genetics.

Hair loss is progressive and can result from a combination of miniaturized hair follicles and a shortened hair growth cycle. As follicles miniaturize, they produce thinner, shorter and lighter hair, which can’t adequately replace hairs that are naturally shed. As the miniaturization process progresses, hair growth stops, resulting in a dead follicle that can no longer produce hair.

Shedding 50-100 hairs a day is normal. If you are losing more than that, or your hair loss is advanced, you may be wondering why your hair is falling out. Start your research by gaining an understanding of the hair growth cycle and the causes of hair loss.