Has My Hair Started Thinning? Balding Doesn’t Happen Overnight, But Should You Worry?

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If you’re reading this article, you most likely know that excessive hair fall can lead to pattern baldness.

Male pattern baldness is common, but it doesn’t happen overnight, and if you identify its early signs, you can improve it. Most men older than 35 years deal with male pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia. According to statistics, 25% of men notice the first signs of baldness by the time they turn 30 years old. Is it a hopeless case? Should you get used to the idea that you’ll wear the same hairstyle as The Rock? Some of your hair ending up in the plug hole in the morning doesn’t mean you’re suffering from androgenic alopecia. However, you should keep an eye on your hair loss to determine if you might fall victim to baldness in the following years.

This article presents the most common signs of male hair loss, so you can keep an eye on them and determine if you deal with hair loss.

Changes in your hairline

You won’t miss this sign. A change in the hairline is the first sign men notice when they fall victim to androgenic alopecia. This condition often begins in the hairline, and you see that the flat hairline now has an M-shape. A great way to notice if your hairline has experienced any changes over the last couple of years is to compare photos from the past with recent ones. If you notice that you no longer have hair on the sides, or your hair is thinner than before on temples and the crown of the head, you might head to a point where you’ll lose your locks.

For most men, baldness begins with a thinning in the hair rather than hair loss. Use photos taken two years apart to identify a noticeable change in the hairline. However, before drawing any conclusion, keep in mind that lighting conditions can impact your hairline’s appearance. Bright downlighting can make your hair appear thinner, so you should try to compare two photos taken in the same lighting conditions.

Suppose you notice significant hair loss; it’s crucial to take action as soon as possible because the condition can get worse.

Your hair is thinning

Some men don’t experience a change in the hairline but diffuse thinning, which affects specific areas or their entire scalp. Most times, their hair starts thinning at the top of the head, and other times the baldness starts from the back. Every patient is unique, and therefore the symptoms differ from one to another. Similarly, to a receding hairline, you must compare two photos taken one or two years apart to identify a significant thinning in your hair. Suppose your hair looks thinner than in the past; you might suffer from male pattern baldness.

You notice more hair falling out than usual

Before you worry that your hair is falling, you should know that everyone loses dozens of hairs from their heads daily, and they’re not going bald. Discovering a few hairs in the shower drain, on the pillow, or in the comb isn’t a balding sign, and you shouldn’t worry. Your scalp has over 100,000 hairs, and it’s natural to lose around 100 hairs daily. New hairs will grow. That’s part of your hair’s life cycle as the scalp follicles continually grow hair, rest, and then get rid of the degraded hairs to regrow new healthy ones. However, when you notice that your hair is shedding at a higher rate, you might head to hair thinning, and you should keep an eye on the condition, so as not to lead to baldness.

Your hair takes longer to grow

Androgenic alopecia shortens hair’s growth cycles. If the average growth cycle lasts between two and six years and then your hairs fall out to allow new ones to grow, when you deal with male pattern baldness, your hair has shorter growth cycles, and your locks don’t reach the desired length.

Your scalp itches

According to specialists, scalp itchiness isn’t a typical symptom of baldness, but it signals other conditions that trigger it, like skin conditions, a build-up of sebum or fungal infection. When suffering from skin problems like ringworm of the scalp, seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, or folliculitis, you are tempted to scratch your scalp, which damages your hair follicles. Visit your dermatologist if you deal with a recurrent itchy scalp so they can diagnose your condition and prescribe a treatment.

Fight hair loss

Unfortunately, balding cannot be reversed naturally, but you can treat the condition to slow its pace and improve it.

Common hair loss treatments:

– Use shampoo with DHT-blocking agents to prevent male pattern baldness.

– Include DHT-blocking foods with vitamins like Vitamin B, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and Biotin in your diet.

– Reduce stress.

– Discuss with your doctor if any medicines you take could cause hair loss.

Hair transplant is an effective solution

You’re a good candidate for a hair transplant if your hair is thinner in some areas and thicker in others. Specialists call hair transplant hair replacement or hair restoration because it moves hair from one place to another on your head. Many patients have hair transplant in Turkey because the surgery is affordable and offers quality results. A hair transplant clinic could provide different types of hair restoration procedures:

– Follicular unit extraction

– Follicular unit transplantation

– Direct hair implantation

To determine if you’re a good candidate for a hair transplant, schedule a consultation with a doctor to evaluate your condition and make recommendations.

Final words

Thin hair and balding are bothersome, but you can minimize the effects if you adopt a healthy lifestyle. Commit to a nutritious and well-balanced diet that fuels your body with omega-3 and vitamins. Avoid drinking and smoking, as they could impact your hair growth cycles. It’s also important to manage stress levels because it can trigger or exacerbate health issues like thinning hair and dandruff. And last but not least, make the most of your remaining hair. Your hairstylist can help you choose a hairstyle that makes your hair appear thicker and fuller.

 

 

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