Several different things can make you think you may be going bald. However, recognizing the early signs of baldness can help detect why this is happening and get early support or treatment. Here are a few common signs.
Signs of Balding in Men
Men typically experience male pattern baldness and thinning hair which typically begins to manifest itself as a receding hairline. Male pattern balding usually happens in stages. Signs that something is not right, and you could be about to see some baldness are:
- A change in hairline. One of the early signs of balding is a change in your hairline. Typically, it recedes away from your forehead. If you are unsure whether this is happening to you, check a photo from a couple of years ago, which will give you an idea of your hairline.
- Excessive hair loss after brushing or showering. People usually lose between 50-100 hairs a day.
That’s quite normal. If you notice large amounts of hair, it’s a sign something could be wrong. This type of hair loss is sometimes temporary and can be caused by medication or stress.
Thinning of your hair. Another common sign of baldness is thinning of your hair. Some men experience thinning that affects the entire scalp starting from the back of the head instead of the front.
Signs of Balding in Women
Women also experience hair loss, which is sometimes different from a male pattern. Common early signs include:
- Thinning across the whole head. It is different from a receding hairline experienced by men and affects the entire head.
- A widening parting. If you notice your parting widen, it could signify balding. It is something that is particular to women and is usually hormonal. Women going through menopause can experience this type of baldness. It is also common for women to lose hair for up to three months after giving birth.
Thinning hair on top of the head. Thin hair on the top of the head is typical in women and can be caused by genetic reasons or stress, including the effects of Telogen Effluvium and long-term Covid 19.
Getting Help for Thinning Hair & Hair Loss
If you notice signs of hair loss and are unsure what may be causing it, getting help as early as possible gives you the best chance of resolving the problem. For example, you may be having chemotherapy for cancer and already aware that you will temporarily lose your hair.
If you weren’t expecting hair loss, your doctor could help. Thyroid disorders can sometimes lead to hair loss. Your doctor may be able to help by reviewing your medication. Getting help for stress and anxiety can also help you psychologically and get you on the road to recovery. You can also get treatments for hair loss, such as Minoxidil. The earlier you start treatment, the better.
If you’re experiencing hair loss, we invite you to contact a Transitions member hair loss specialist near you who can work with you to identify the best solution to your particular hair loss problem.