Balding is usually a long, slow process – so slow that you
might not even notice the early signs of balding. In fact,
people can lose 50% of their hair before
their thinning becomes noticeable.
Unfortunately, severe balding can be difficult to treat, and
may require long-term use of medications or even surgery.
That’s why the best baldness treatment is prevention. Take
action at the first signs of thinning to stop hair loss in its
So how do you spot the early signs of balding? Keep reading to
The First Signs of Male Pattern Baldness
A changing hairline is most
men’s first warning sign that they’re losing their hair.
Male pattern baldness often
begins with thinning at the temples. Over time, the hairline
goes from being flat to more V-shaped. However, for some men,
the early signs of balding begin with thinning at the crown.
These changes can take a long time to occur, so you might not
notice them in the mirror right away. The best way to catch the
early signs of balding is by taking photographs every few
months and comparing them. Photograph dry, un-styled hair from
the front and the back, and make sure to use the same lighting
in every photo.
Excessive hair on your pillow, brush, or shower drain can also
be a sign of male pattern hair loss. On average, humans lose
50-100 strands per day, so a little shedding is normal. But if
you’re noticing a significant amount of shedding for a long
time, it could be a sign of balding.
The First Signs of Female Pattern Baldness
As with male pattern baldness, excessive shedding also can
be a sign of female pattern hair loss. However, unlike male
pattern balding, female pattern baldness rarely
displays as a receding hairline or thinning crown. Instead,
female hair loss tends to be
evenly dispersed all over the head. This can make it even more
difficult to spot until it’s very advanced.
Here are some common signs of female pattern baldness to look
- Widening part – If your part is obviously
wider than it used to be, it could be a sign of female
pattern hair loss. However, this sign might not be as obvious
if your hair and skin tone are similar in shade.
- Smaller ponytail – If the circumference of
your ponytail is getting thinner, it
could be a sign that you’re losing hair density.
- Hair looks limp and lifeless – Thinning hair
requires different styling techniques. So the
way you’ve always styled your hair might not work as well
anymore or look as good if you have female pattern hair loss.
- More scalp show-through when hair is pulled
back – If your updos are showing too much scalp, it
could be a sign of female pattern hair loss. As a short-term
fix, use Toppik™ Hair Building
Fibers to fill in the gaps, add thickness to strands and
fill in scalp show-through.
Finding the Right Baldness Treatment
Remember: not all thinning hair is male or female pattern hair
loss. Sometimes, hair loss is caused by nutrient deficiencies
in your diet or by over-styling damage as with traction
alopecia. For hair loss due to poor diet, over-styling,
hormonal changes and other lifestyle factors, Viviscal hair growth†
supplement is proven to promote existing hair growth and
But if your diet is top-notch and you’re
still experiencing hair loss, it may be time to visit your
doctor. Your doctor will help you determine whether you have
male or female pattern hair loss, or another underlying cause
of thinning like alopecia areata or thyroid issues.
If your doctor diagnoses severe pattern hair loss, she or he
may prescribe medications like finasteride or recommend an
over-the-counter drug like minoxidil.
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