In this article, I will tell you how to find out if you’re going bald. I’m going to talk about what causes hair loss, some of the symptoms what to look out for, who to talk to, and then, finally, what else can be done: treatment, products, tips, and tricks – all of that.
Now, something that’s crucial to know is that everybody – you and me, every man, every woman – sheds on average about a hundred hairs a day. Hundred to me seems like quite a lot, but it’s very natural. There is actual hair loss, which depending on its cause, can be permanent or temporary. I should say not all hair loss is due to male pattern baldness and there are other reasons, which we should consider. Here is a list of these causes:
- Hormonal disorders;
- Nutrient deficiencies;
- Nutrient oversupply;
- Medication usage;
- Cancer treatments;
- Hair products and treatment;
- Skin diseases;
- Medical conditions.
There are several ways and a few tips and tricks to help determine if you’re suffering from male pattern baldness. And the first one and the most common that you see in yourself or someone else is the front of the scalp. This is called a frontal hairline. What you can notice is that the hair here on the temples is receding; what you’re left with is a sheet a bit like a rounded M. This is because the temple and the crown tend to be the more susceptible to DHT and that’s what’s causing that hair loss. If it’s then going into a bit of a horseshoe shape, this can signify that the male pattern baldness is relatively advanced.
Now, briefly mention it there, but the second part is in your crown, it’s checking for bald patches. If you want to check, all you’re going to do just grab a small pocket mirror, maybe a shaving mirror, hold it behind your head, and just check in your hair for bald spots. And I would say don’t do this every single day, don’t become obsessed with it, but maybe do it every second week, so that is a change you can then see it.
The third where you can identify if you’re balding is by taking before and after pictures. Just do them on your phone as a selfie: take a picture from the front, from the side, from the back, and again on the top of the crown area. If you do this once a month and just keep a little bank of them, you can check months a month if you are starting to lose your hair.
The last way to identify is to check for hair fall. If you use a brush or a comb, before you go to use it make sure it’s clean, then after using it, check to see how many hairs are on that brush or comb. Also, in the morning when you wake up if you notice there are lots of stray hairs there, then that could be an issue. If you’ve got dark hair, then you use a white pillow case and if you’ve got blonder hair then use a black pillow case. It’s just going to show the hair a lot easier. Then if you’ve got like 10 to 20 stray hairs on that pillow in the morning, this could be a sign that you’re starting to go bald.
Who to Talk To
If you’ve gone through all those different stages and you’re thinking to yourself “Yeah, I’m going bald” then now is the time to act. Get yourself boost into going to your doctor, your GP, whoever it is and tell them what you’ve been experiencing. They should do those tests for those various things I spoke about forth just to check it’s none of those, but they also should recommend you a specialist, someone who deals with it on a day to day basis. What they’ll do is take a look into a scalp with something like a magnifying tool and check if you have got follicle miniaturization or you don’t. Also, the last way – your family history: if anyone else in the family has had male pattern baldness. But for someone that does and deals with that on a day to day basis, it should be obvious to them.
What Can Be Done
If you have male pattern baldness then, unfortunately, there’s not much you can do by yourself to cure it. But there are a few little tips and tricks and things you can do to make yourself feel better and also to kind of ease it slightly.
The first one it’s for guys with long hair. When you go to sleep, don’t tie your hair back, this is going to pull on the hair and weaken it; but instead, keep your hair down and maybe use a band if you want to off your face.
The second one is to always use conditioner after shampooing. It’s going to keep the hair smooth; that means if you then use a brush or a comb, it’s not going to break it.
The third one is to get your barber to cut and style your hair in a way that one – makes you feel better and two -covers up any bold areas, or could do the total opposite and shave it all off. It’s quite drastic, but lots of guys embrace that, plenty of guys agree with it.
Then the other thing can do to try proven treatments like Finasteride and Minoxidil.