What Are Hair Disorders and Hair Loss Prevention?

Hair disorders and hair loss can occur to anyone at any age for a variety of reasons. Most people have as many as 100,000 hairs on their head, shedding 50 to 100 hairs daily. Each hair on your head grows for about two to six years, with scalp hair growing about one-half inch a month. Approximately 90 percent of the hair on your scalp grows continually, with about 10 percent of your hair in a resting phase lasting two to three months. There are three major types of hair loss:

  • Male-pattern baldness
  • Female-pattern baldness
  • Alopecia

Hair loss has many causes, some of which cannot be cured. Northwestern Medicine head and neck surgeonsoffer surgical treatment options hair loss with no known cure.

Our specialists also offer hair loss prevention strategies that focus on making lifestyle changes to ensure that your hair stays as plentiful and healthy as possible.

Related Resources

Alopecia During Cancer Treatment

La Alopecia Durante el Tratamiento de Cáncer

American Academy of Dermatology


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