5 Early Signs You May Be Losing Your Hair
Have you noticed you’re losing your hair?
Did you know that men and women will lose on average around 100 hairs each day, that’s 700 hairs a week! Although that sounds scary, it is completely normal.
On average the human head has around 100,000 hairs that are constantly changing. Hairs are never stationary and are either growing, resting or shedding.
That being said, you may notice that you are losing more hair than usual, or maybe you’ve started to notice your hair is thinner and lighter, or maybe your scalp is more visible.
Recognising the early signs of hair loss, and being proactive, can give you the best chance at quickly diagnosing the issue, and seeking preventative treatment.
The sooner you begin treatment, the greater the likelihood of effective results. We have compiled a list of some common signs and causes of hair loss, enabling you to get better prepared.
Common Signs and Causes
#1 You’ve Noticed Your Hair Gradually Thinning Across the Top of Your Head
Have you noticed you’re starting to look a little thin on top? Don’t worry you’re in the majority. 40% of men have noticeable hair loss by age 35, by age 60 this reaches up to 65% of all males.
Women aren’t much safer, and hair loss will affect around 50% of the population at some time in their lives.
Thinning across the top of your head is generally a symptom of either male or female pattern baldness, and is one of the most common conditions experienced.
In men pattern baldness will generally begin with the hairline receding over time and forming an ‘M’ shape hairline.
The next stage involves the hair on the crown of your head getting gradually thinner and shorter until the scalp is more visible. This is known as the ‘horseshoe’, and your hair will resemble a ‘U’ shape when viewed from above.
Women will most likely notice the hair thinning across the top of the head, and the thinning is more widespread generally following along the line of the scalp. Hair will feel thinner and your scalp will appear more visible through the hair.
This condition is a product of your genetic makeup and is inherited through your genes. Understandably, any signs of hair loss can be stressful and disappointing. Fortunately, pattern baldness also has the highest reported rates of success with treatment.
#2 You’ve Developed Circular or Patchy Bald Spots
Circular patchy bald spots are another common symptom that you may be experiencing. A more aggressive form of hair loss, symptoms may appear over the course of a couple of weeks, however, it generally feels as though it happened overnight.
Affecting around one in five people, Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune disorder that can affect both males and females. The disorder occurs as your immune system begins to mistakenly attack the hair follicles and causes damage that affects their ability to grow.
Luckily, this disorder is generally temporary and only around 10% of cases remain permanent. There is no definitive cause of Alopecia Areata and the disorder has been attributed to being triggered by stress, virus, infection, medications and various other factors.
Although low-level laser therapy cannot prevent Alopecia Areata, undergoing treatment can slow down hair loss and help you regrow hair in areas where hair has been lost.
#3 Hair Clumps Have Fallen Out in the Shower or When Brushing Hair
Have you noticed after brushing your hair you have more hair in your brush that normal?
Maybe you’ve been in the shower and whilst running your hands through your hair you’ve noticed more on your hands than usual.
An early indicator you’re starting to lose hair, before visible change, can usually be seen during your grooming regimen. Keep an eye on your hair brush and monitor how many hairs you’re losing during your showers, it’s also worth keeping an eye on your pillow when you wake up in the mornings.
Recognising that something isn’t right and acting on it before it’s too late Is the best way to minimise the amount of hair lost. Quickly seeking diagnosis from a health professional and choosing a treatment plan tailored to your condition is the recommended course of action.
#4 Spotting Hair Loss in Other Areas of Your Body
Suffering hair loss from other areas of your body can often go unnoticed until there is a large change in your appearance and can be caused by many different factors.
Symptoms may arise due to an autoimmune disorder, thyroid issues, undergoing treatment such as chemotherapy, or could be caused by other underlying health issues.
You may begin to notice thinning or loss of hair on your arms, legs, chest, back, eyebrows, facial hair, or pubic hair. If you notice you have symptoms of body hair loss, it’s important to speak to a doctor to ensure it is not an indicator of another condition.
#5 Your Scalp is Scaly and Appears More Visible, Combined with Hair Loss
Having a visible scaly, irritated scalp with visible hair loss is a signal that you may be suffering from a dermatological condition, and levels of severity do vary.
This type of condition can, again, have many different causes. However, the most common culprits are Psoriasis and Dermatitis. Hair loss experienced is generally caused, not due to the symptoms, but as a reaction to the treatment being used.
Scratching, itching and excessive movement can attribute to hair loss, however, most creams and shampoos that are used as treatment, are merciless to hair strands and follicles.
Whilst it isn’t easy to stay calm when experiencing hair loss, try not to let yourself get overwhelmed or too stressed. Many sufferers find their emotions run high when experiencing symptoms and this can cause the hair cycle to change, and could result in hair shedding all at once.
What Can You Do/Treatment?
Low level laser therapy (LLLT) can provide fantastic solutions for hair loss conditions including Alopecia. Laser therapy stimulates damaged hair cells just below the surface of the scalp, stabilising hair loss whilst improving hair thickness and texture. Treatment is especially effective for those in the early stages of hair loss.
99% of patients find the treatment stops excessive hair loss. 8 out of 10 experience hair re-growth during the course of their treatment.
Contact us now to find out how low level laser therapy could benefit you.