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The symptoms of the different types of hair loss are outlined below.

Male-pattern baldness

Male-pattern baldness is hereditary, which means it runs in families. It usually starts around the late twenties and thirties. By the late thirties, most men have some degree of hair loss.

Male-pattern baldness is so called because it generally follows a set pattern. The first stage is usually a receding hairline, followed by thinning of the hair on the crown and temples. This can leave a horseshoe shape of hair around the back and sides of the head. It can progress to complete baldness, but this is rare.

Women's hair gradually thins with age, but women generally lose hair from the top of the head only. This usually gets more noticeable after the menopause.

Alopecia areata

Alopecia areata causes patches of baldness that are about the size of a large coin. They usually appear on the scalp but can occur anywhere on the body, including the beard, eyebrows and eyelashes. There are usually no other symptoms.

Hair often grows back with alopecia areata, but it appears fine and white before it regains its original colour. This hair can be dyed, if necessary.

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