What are the early signs of balding?
Signs of hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, aren’t always easy to spot. Often, the condition can creep up on you as you unsuspectingly go about your daily life, one subtle hair at a time, until one day you look in the mirror and see a conspicuous receding hairline staring back at you. And if you thought that being in the first flush of youth makes you immune to the effects of alopecia, think again; in some cases, it can set in in your late teens or early 20s.
If you relate to the above scenario all too well, you’ll be glad to know that there are steps you can take to prevent further hair loss and even promote regrowth. However, it is also important to note that your thinning crown can be attributed to hereditary factors, hormonal changes, medical conditions, or simply as a natural part of aging, and depending on the cause, the process isn’t always reversible.
But before you can take action against balding, you need to know the early signs to look out for:
- Excessive amounts of hair in the shower drain, on your pillow case, or after brushing.
- Thinning, wispy hair around the crown, temples, and forehead, which gradually fall out and cause the hairline to recede.
- Hair takes longer than usual to grow after it has been cut.
- A family history of balding on either the maternal or paternal side.
If baldness is a concern for you, there’s no need to stress (it’ll only make you lose more hair!). Speak with a doctor or dermatologist, who will be able to diagnose the condition and prescribe a suitable treatment for you.
The pattern of balding can vary from person to person, but the signs of male pattern baldness include:
- Gradual onset
- Hairline recedes from the forehead towards the back of the head
- Thinning of hair around the side of the forehead
- Increased hair shedding
- Change from thick pigmented hairs to thinner and shorter hairs, then to short, wispy, colorless hairs
- Thinning of hair at the top of the head
You may experience male pattern baldness in any of the following patterns. If you are experiencing hair loss in other patterns, patches or clumps, it may be caused by another condition and it is a good idea to speak to your doctor about this.