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1. What is Uniform Hair Loss?
Briefly, uniform hair loss is the generalized balding of hair over a large area. In contrast with other patterns of baldness, it appears that uniform hair loss occurs across all the regions of the scalp. In contrast with another type of balding, which isolates portions of the scalp, U.H.L. causes hair to fall off at the front, side and back of the head.
2. The 3 Phases of Hair Growth
Make no mistake about it; hair loss is a natural process of renewing the hair on the scalp. It's also a way of removing damaged hair, so that healthier hair shafts can take its place. Briefly, the hair undergoes three distinct phases of growth and 'death'.
The first phase is called the anagen phase, and this the active reproducing phase of hair shafts. After a while, this phase ends and the hair goes into the catogen phase. The catogen phase is the middle phase where hormonal changes prepare the hair strands for the final phases.
The third and last phase is called the telogen cycle. This is the natural falling out of hair. The empty space left by shedding of the hair is replaced by fresh hair that breaks out from the surface of the scalp itself.
3. Advanced Age and Uniform Hair Loss
Like most medical conditions, uniform hair loss is baffling.
A significant fraction of males and females past their seventies are affected by geriatric alopecia. This form of alopecia has been termed senile alopecia to differentiate it from generalized, uniform hair loss that occurs at younger ages.
Unfortunately, no medical treatment has been developed to counter the effects of this type of balding. People who are experiencing senile alopecia can only try to minimize the effects; but they would not be able to stop it completely.
4. Alopecia in Younger Men
Men that are supposedly at their 'peak' are not safe from uniform hair loss. Medical science has a different term for uniform hair loss that occurs at younger ages. The term is diffuse unpatterned alopecia. When you compare the symptoms and the rate of hair loss in senile alopecia and diffuse unpatterned alopecia, there are no essential differences.
The only difference perhaps can is the age when the two types of hair loss occur. When does diffuse patterned alopecia occur? Unfortunately for men, this type of balding can manifest itself as early as twenty years old.
From thereon, the rate of balding can increase or decrease according to a person's genetic predisposition and how well he takes care of his hair. If a person doesn't know how to take care of his hair, then balding will progress at a faster pace.