How to Recognize Early Signs of Hair Loss

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Several different signs can make you think you may be experiencing hair loss. However, recognizing the early signs can help detect why this is happening and get early support or treatment. Here are a few common signs.

Signs of Hair Loss in Men

Men can typically experience thinning hair all over the head or a receding hairline. Male hair loss usually happens in stages. Signs that something is not right are:

A change in hairline. One of the early signs of hair loss 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 hair loss 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 Hair Loss in Women

Women can also experience hair loss, which is sometimes different than how men experience it. 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 hair loss. It is something that is particular to women and is usually hormonal. Women going through menopause can experience this type of hair loss. 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.

How to Get Help

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.

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Blog courtesy of Transitions Hair Loss Centers