What is Alopecia?

Defined as partial hair loss, or the complete absence of hair from places where it would normally grow, this condition commonly affects the scalp. In principle, new growth replaces 50-150 hairs that fall daily. Since a hair lives on average five years, the small sebaceous gland should provide twenty renewals a lifetime. Some factors, however, may interfere with the capillary programming. When hair starts to fall out in handfuls, there is every reason to ask questions and to consult a doctor or dermatologist to determine the exact nature of the problem.