Everybody loses hair – it’s a part of the hair growth cycle. In fact, an average person typically has over 100,000 strands of hair. Normally, almost all of these hairs are in the growing phase, which lasts a few years and then enters resting stage. The resting stage lasts a few months and then naturally the hair falls out and is replaced by new hairs. However, although a little hair loss is natural, there are signs to look out for that your hair may be thinning more than it should. This blog will further describe what to look out for to see if your hair is falling out too fast.
Inspect Your Hairline and Top of Your Scalp
One of the best ways to see if your hair is significantly thinning is to inspect the hairline and look at the top of your scalp. A receding hairline is actually a big indicator of baldness, especially male pattern baldness. This can be seen in a distinctive “M” shape, also known as a receding hairline. If the hairs at the top of your hairline are thinning, or being shed without being replaced within the normal growth process, you might be suffering from Androgenic Alopecia. These signs of a receding hairline will continue as the hair is lost from the crown of the head, leaving the top of the head bald creating the “horseshoe” effect. Although the “horseshoe” is the most common, the area of hair loss varies for different people but will typically always be at the top of the scalp.
Use a Hand Mirror for Closer Look
To get a closer look at your hairline and the top of the scalp, utilize a handheld mirror. Turn your back to your bathroom mirror and lift the hand held mirror up at a slight angle. Look at the top part your scalp in the mirror. If the area is flesh colored and the hair is spread apart, this is a sign your hair is thinning. For females, inspect your whole head for thinness as well as your hairline with the mirror. Ultimately, thinning hair over the whole scalp is more common in women and for men it’s the receding hairline.
Look at Old Pictures
Looking at old pictures might sound odd, but you might find that a few years ago, your hair seemed to be a lot fuller. Compare your head to a picture from a several years ago. Stand in front of a mirror and compare what you see to the picture. Notice the thickness of your hair then and now and if your hair is thinner and lighter now, you are most likely experiencing hair loss.
Check Where You Rest Your Head
Your hair sheds from time to time and that’s normal. However, if you notice large amounts of hair left behind on areas where you rest your head, you may have an issue with hair loss. Look at your pillows, couches, car head rests and even your clothes to see if you have an unusual amount of hair left behind.
A few strands of hair on common resting areas such as your pillow, couch or even your car seat is nothing to be afraid of. However, if you notice large clumps of hair, you should visit a hair restoration specialist. These specialists can provide a scalp evaluation. Working with a St. Louis hair restoration doctor like Dr. Richard Moore can help you create the best scalp environment to maintain your hair. A prevention plan starts with good hair care products to keep your scalp in the best condition and ph for hair growth. A healthy scalp leads to healthy hair. Laser treatments increase blood flow and helps your thinning hair reach its full potential.
Do you also notice there is always large amounts of hair left on your clothes? That can be equally frustrating as it is concerning. This is another sign that you might want to consider an evaluation from a hair restoration specialist.
Look at Your Morning Routine
Your morning routine can actually tell you a lot more about hair loss than you think. There are ways to check common items used in your morning routine but how do you know if your routine is damaging? Below are some of the common items and places you should look in your morning routine for signs that too much of your hair is falling out.
Most women can relate to cleaning out the hairbrush from the amount of shedding hair. However, you shouldn’t have to clean out your hairbrush on a daily basis. You may notice you lose even more when brushing hair when it’s wet. Don’t take the amount of hair in your brush lightly as this can be an eye-opening sign that you need to either improve your routine or seek hair restoration solutions.
The reason towels are helpful indicators of hair loss is most people commonly use them after taking a shower, get out of the pool or dry off at the beach. Your hair is significantly more fragile when it’s wet and people typically don’t realize they can be aggressive with their hair when wrapping it up in a towel. The strands are yanked and pulled which makes the surrounding areas weaker and leading to more hair loss.
There are so many jokes about men complaining about their wives or girlfriends clogging up the drains with hair. Over time, without routinely cleaning your drains, hair can build up and create clogs. If you’re starting to notice that your shower drain is clogged with a lot more hair than usual, this is one of the primary signs of thinning hair. You don’t need to worry about hair loss just yet but consider making some changes to make your stronger. Some quick changes you can make are washing with colder water, avoid straining hair when wet and make lifestyle changes to reduce stress related hair loss.
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Do you suffer from hair loss or thinning hair? Hair loss can be caused by a variety of factors, both genetic and medical. We invite you to contact us to schedule a free, confidential appointment to find out which hair loss solution is right for you.