Do you think your hair is getting thinner? Does it seem like there are more hairs circling the shower drain or tangled in your brush than there used to be? So many of us have a “feeling” our hair is thinning, but because hair loss is such an emotional topic, we tend to deny the condition and find ways to hide the thinning. The truth is that if you think your hair is thinning, it probably is.
Millions of Americans are dealing with hair loss every day, so you are not alone. As we age, our hair growth rate slows, which is a natural condition called involutional alopecia. In addition, there are genetic factors that cause male and female pattern baldness, also known as androgenetic alopecia. This common condition can start as early as your late teens and twenties—and it’s progressive. Without intervention, your hair loss will worsen over time.
If you see any of these early signs of hair loss, it’s time to act. The sooner you do, the more solution options you may have.
A widening of your part is often the first sign of hair loss, especially for women. When your hair is thinning, you may notice more scalp showing around your part.
The average person sheds 50 to 100 individual hairs per day. If you are shedding more than 100 hairs a day, your hair may be starting to thin. Keep in mind, if you don’t wash your hair every day, you may see more shedding on the days you shampoo versus the days you don’t. But, if you’re noticing more and more hair in your drain, on your brush or pillow, you may be starting to lose your hair.
Receding at the Hairline and Temples
Men may first notice recession at their hairline, while women may see it around their temples. The hair around your hairline or temples may also be shorter and wispier where the thinning is occurring. This is called hair miniaturization. Generally, when a hair follicle is starting to become inactive, the hair it produces becomes thinner and shorter until eventually the follicle stops producing new hair.
The Ponytail Test
Do you need to wrap the rubber band around your hair an extra time to hold your ponytail in place? For women, and for those men who love the man bun, if you see the circumference of your hair decrease when pulled back into pony tail, your hair probably is thinning.
What should you do if you’re noticing one or more of these early signs of hair loss? Talk to your doctor to ensure there isn’t an underlying medical condition causing your thinning. Then, schedule your free hair analysis appointment with one of our hair loss experts. Don’t wait. You don’t have to accept hair loss and the earlier you act, the more options you may have. Learn more about our proven solutions that will help you love your hair again!