Before one can decide if they might need medical treatment or a hair transplant, a proper diagnosis of their hair loss condition should be made by a dermatologist or hair loss specialist. Hair loss may be pattern hair loss (male or female) or non-pattern hair loss.

  • Actual hair loss verses hair breakage
  • Focal hair loss verses diffuse hair loss
  • Hair thinning verses hair shedding
  • Scarring hair loss verses non-scaring hair loss
  • Hair shaft miniaturization verses reduced density


Most hair loss is male or female pattern hair loss, which is characterized by the gradual miniaturization of hairs – usually in a specific pattern – for a few to several years until finally falling out due to a sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone in the case of males. Minoxidil helps to slow this process.
Wavy and curly hairs have oval or flat cross-sections.


Male Pattern Hair Loss

Female Pattern Hair Loss

Pattern Hair Loss

The great majority of all hair loss is male or female pattern alopecia.