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Temporary or Permanent Hair Loss – What’s the Difference?

Hair loss can be either temporary or permanent. With temporary hair loss, you may experience thinning and even bald patches, but the hair will grow back. With permanent hair loss, your hair will not grow back. But when you start to notice that you have thinner patches of hair, you may not know what you’re dealing with right away, and you may feel panicked that what you are seeing is the start of the long decline to baldness.

You don’t have to wait until it’s too late to know what kind of hair loss you’re dealing with. There are easy ways to know whether your hair loss is temporary or permanent. Here’s what you need to know:

Temporary Hair Loss

Clinically, the main thing that differentiates temporary and permanent hair loss is whether scarring is present. Scarring covers the hair follicle and prevents hair from growing back. So if you can see your hair follicles, you know that your hair loss is just temporary.

When you talk about your hair loss with your doctor, he will take a complete history to understand what might be causing your hair loss. There are many reasons you might experience temporary hair loss, such as nutritional deficiencies, the use of certain medications, stress, and certain styling habits, like braiding the hair too tight or overusing heat and styling products. Your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes to see if that will help improve hair health first.

Permanent Hair Loss

Permanent hair loss is marked by scarring on the scalp that prevents hair from re-growing. But the scarring won’t look like what you’re used to – in fact, it won’t look like scarring at all. Think about elderly men you’ve seen who are completely bald: The skin on their head is smooth and does not look abnormal. But if you were to look closely, you would see that there is no hair follicle.

Permanent hair loss is almost always caused by genetics. Therefore, if you have a family history of hair loss and you notice hair thinning, chances are good that you are seeing the beginnings of your permanent hair loss and you should get treatment as soon as possible to slow it. Sometimes, permanent hair loss can be caused by some of the same things that can cause temporary hair loss. For example, if you seriously mistreat your hair with intense styles or caustic chemicals like bleach, you can cause permanent hair loss.

The main thing to keep in mind is that you should see a doctor if you see any kind of hair loss, and you should get treatment as soon as possible if you have thinning and a family history of hair loss. The Houston Hair Loss Clinic offers platelet rich plasma treatment that has been shown to slow hair loss in some patients and even to restore healthy hair in others. We help with both temporary and permanent hair loss in both men and women.

To speak with one of our experts about getting the hair you want, call us today at 713-597-3144 or visit, we look forward to helping you!