Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia was originally known as hot comb alopecia or follicular degeneration syndrome. It can be caused by excessive heat, relaxers, tight braids, heavy extensions, harmful oils, gels and pomades. This disorder normally cannot be reversed by natural remedies due to damaged follicles.
Traction Alopecia occurs when the hair has been held under tension by: braids, extensions, pony tails and even rollers. This type of baldness can take two to three years to become evident and often occurs around the hairline. It can be reversed as long as the follicles have not been damaged.
Androgenetic Alopecia in females is likely inherited from both parents even if neither parent exhibits the problem. The hair normally thins around menopause but can occur in younger women who have a genetic predisposition to this form of Alopecia. It does not cause balding (only thinning) and it can be reversed.
Cuticle damage can be caused by brushing, combing, sunlight and chemical processes such as relaxing, bleaching or tinting. With treatment and appropriate care, the cuticle can be repaired.
Trichorrhexis Nodosa is the most common hair shaft defect. The hair fractures then breaks off as a result of mechanical or chemical trauma. Once the hair breaks it cannot be repaired. However, steps can be taken to eliminate this defect.