- Hair Biology. An introduction to hair biology, the structure, embryonic development, growth, types, and cycling of hair follicles.
/ Decisions. A description of what a dermatologist may do
to diagnose a hair loss disease, points to consider when deciding
a course of treatment, how to spot a hair loss treatment scam,
and lists of hair disease diagnoses.
Alopecia - clinical patterns The
most common form of hair loss. With illustrations of pattern
baldness scales used in dermatology clinics and explanations
of androgenetic alopecia presentation.
Alopecia - biology Including explanations of androgen production
and processing in androgenetic alopecia, statistical links with
associated conditions like heart disease, and factors that may
contribute to the onset of hair loss.
Alopecia - treatment approaches Focusing on anti 5 alpha
reductase drug treatments such as finasteride and hair growth
promoting drugs such as minoxidil.
Transplants Hair restoration commonly involves hair transplantation.
This involves movement of hair follicles from one area of the
scalp to another by surgically removing hair follicles from a
donor area and implanting them to a bald recipient area. This
section gives some background information on how to find a good
hair transplant surgeon as well as what to expect before, during,
and after the hair transplant.
Areata. Alopecia areata is the second most common hair loss
disease. The nature and pathogenesis of alopecia areata are examined,
common questions answered, and treatments described.
Telogen and anagen effluvium type hair loss is quite common. The
diffuse hair loss is usually reversible and can be caused by a
wide variety of environmental factors including drugs, chemicals,
metals, vaccination, surgery, pregnancy, hormones, contraceptive
pills, diet, vitamin deficiency, mineral deficiency, stress, and
Alopecias. Also called cicatricial alopecias, conditions
such as lichen planopilaris, pseudopelade, and frontal
fibrosing alopecia can involve the permanent and irreversible
destruction of hair follicles if not appropriately treated.
Alopecias. Web pages available on pseudopelade, scleroderma,
tick bites, lichen planus, psoriasis, lupus, and seborrheic dermatitis.
All of which can promote hair loss.
Alopecias. Web pages are available on trichotillomania, traction
alopecia, physical injury, loose hair syndrome, hemochromatosis,
Shaft Defects. A description of several conditions that involve
defective hair fiber production or environmental factors that
can alter hair fiber. Some hair shaft defect conditions can lead
to hair loss.
Hair Disease. Pages on hair loss due to infectious diseases
and other infectious scalp complaints.
/ Hypertrichosis. This section helps to explain why we might
have excessive hair growth and the treatment options available.
Color. Explanations for hair pigmentation and the conditions
that can cause gray hair and other hair color changes.
Cosmetics. Some web pages are available on permanent makeup
for eyebrows, shampoo, swimmers' hair, and quick hair care tips.
Bits and Pieces. It doesn't quite fit anywhere else so it
ends up here! Some useful and some not so useful bits
and pieces related to hair.
Many hair loss diseases involve inflammation and this section provides
some background information. This section was written with alopecia
areata in mind.
Information / Links. Details on support organizations, advice,
and information on diseases discussed on this web site along
with links to other Internet web pages about hair, hair diseases,
treatment, cosmetics, wigs, and immunology.
/ Site Information. Some details about the webmaster, a
disclaimer, details on advertising, and more.