Hair loss is a one of the most common complaints that men but even women report when they get older. Throughout our life, our hair follicles undergo a cycle of growth and rest. 90 percent of the time our hair follicles on the scalp are growing – anagen phase 1. The rest of the time they in either the catagen phase or telogen phase. During catagen, the lower portion of the hair follicle regresses and hair production ceases 1. The telogen phase, also known as the resting phase, follows catagen and is characterized by the presence of a club hair that is ready for shedding from the hair follicle
1. Diagnosing hair loss can be challenging as there are a variety of different hair loss disorders including cicatricial (scarring) alopecia, nonscarring alopecia and structural hair disorders.