30 Jun Seven Signs of Hair Loss
Going bald or experiencing dramatic hair loss is very unlikely to happen to you overnight, unless as a result of some certain medications. It’s often a long process that can take many years and even decades.1.
As such, it also means you have the opportunity to help prevent or reduce your hair loss in this time period. However, at the same time, you need to know the common signs that indicate when you may need to start taking action.
So to help with this, we’ve put together this guide, highlighting seven common signs of hair loss for you to look out for, as well as offering some additional information around what to do if you start to notice them.
#1 You have a receding hairline
One of the clearest signs you’re losing your hair is when you notice that your hairline is receding. This will typically see your hair thinning and moving back from your temples, giving you a pronounced ‘m’ or ‘v’ shape on the hairline on your forehead (included in the descriptions of hair loss in an article in Medical News Today) You can assess the severity of this by lifting your hair from the front of your forehead to fully expose your hairline and looking for where there are thinner patches.
This is also a common occurrence with male pattern baldness (MPB)2 and your receding hairline may then be followed by your hair thinning on or around your crown.
Receding hairlines can also affect women too (female pattern baldness)3, but you will typically see your hair thinning where it parts, rather than as a ‘v’ or ‘m’ shape on your forehead like MPB.
#2 Your hair feels different
Another sign of hair loss is that your hair might start to feel or act differently. It might be you notice that your hair is much wirier or that it’s brittle or has lots of split ends, rather than feeling soft and thick.
What’s more, if you’re used to putting a lot of products in your hair and styling it in a certain way and you start to notice that you’re struggling to get your hair in place, it can be an indication the hair has weakened and it may soon start to fall out.
#3 You’re shedding more hair
On the subject of hair falling out, it can be a common sign of balding if you start to notice you’re shedding more than normal.4
However, it’s important to be aware that we naturally lose hair all the time as part of our hair cycles – according to the NHS this can be on average between 50 and 100 hairs a day.
What you should look out for4 is larger numbers or clumps collecting in your hands when you wash your hair and in any brushes or combs you might use when grooming or styling it. A few other signs of excess shedding are seeing hairs on your pillow and if your bath or shower drains start getting clogged up more regularly.
#4 Your scalp is more sensitive
A sign that the hair on your head is thinning, is that your scalp becomes more sensitive as it becomes increasingly exposed to the elements and your environment.
You may notice things like feeling some soreness on your head in the thinner patches after you’ve had a hot shower. Or you might get sunburn, windburn or dryness, depending on the weather, on these now unprotected areas of your head.
However, flip the coin and it could be that your sensitive scalp is the cause of your hair loss.5 According to Healthline some skin conditions could cause you to scratch your scalp more leading to hair loss,
#5 There’s thicker hair below your crown
Another way to identify hair loss is to simply feel the hair on your crown – an area where it’s common for your hair to start thinning – and then feel below and around it to see if there’s a difference in thickness.
#6 There’s photographic evidence
If you suspect you might be gradually losing your hair, another easy and non-scientific.way to look for proof is to look over photographs of yourself from the past. These should give a clearer illustration of your hair loss to date, as it can be difficult to see the little changes that occur over long periods of time just by looking in the mirror.
#7 It runs in the family
The final sign in our list isn’t necessarily a physical change, but an awareness exercise. If baldness and hair loss run in your family – on both sides – it can be a determining factor of how likely you are to also experience some during your lifetime.6
You should note though that this is by no means an exact science and having a bald parent or grandparent doesn’t necessarily mean you too will go bald.
Take action with the Fagron TrichoTest™
If you do recognise any of the above seven signs of hair loss and want to do something about it, you may want to consider the Fagron TrichoTest™.
This is a scientifically validated, genetic test for hair loss that can be taken by anyone which looks to uncover the factors behind your hair loss. This involves specialists examining your gene variations and your lifestyle to help determine which treatment could work best for you.
If this is of interest, you can find out more about how the testing process works and the results you can get here.