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How to Spot Early Signs of Hair Loss

Hair loss can be a troublesome problem for both men and women, but knowing the early signs of hair loss can help to jump start the regrowth process and avoid losing any subsequent hair. This article will aim to highlight the top signs and symptoms of losing hair in order that individuals suffering from hair loss may take charge and stop or even reverse the process.

The first sign of hair loss is quite self evident and that is: noticing that there are stray hairs or patches of hair that have fallen from the head. This sign may be seen in everyday life. For instance, hair loss sufferers may notice stray hairs on the floor of the bathroom or bedroom. Spouses of hair loss sufferers may remark that when they touch their partners’ hair, a few strands come off on their hands.

Likely the most hair loss is noticed in the shower or bath when the individual is running his or her head under the running water or running their hands through their hair as they shampoo or condition. Under these circumstances, several strands or even a few “clumps” of hair may be uprooted into the hands or onto the shower or bath floor.

As a result of this hair loss, another sign of hair loss is an overall thinning on the scalp so that the scalp is visible through a head of hair. People with hair loss may find they need to comb their hair specifically to cover these spots, and women may start adding clip-on hair extensions to cover “bald spots.” This loss and subsequent thinning of hair will likely occur most at the crown of the head and will cause the next sign of hair loss.

The next sign of hair loss is a “horse shoe” shaped pattern at the crown of the head. This is often most common in men, and the resulting pattern and look will be hair on all sides of the head (even thick and long-lasting hair) but zero hair or very thin hair in the center and top of the skull.

Other signs of hair loss include not only loss of hair on the scalp, but loss of hair elsewhere on the body. Men may notice that hair on their legs, arms, chest or back is thinning. This can be noticed in the shower or in general day-to-day life. It is good to note the amount of hair seen on the body each time while getting dressed in the morning, so that any loss will be noticed.

Women may also experience body hair loss, and though it may actually be pleasing to some women when they lose excess and unwanted body hair that they would otherwise need to shave, wax or pluck off (i.e. facial hair, arm hair, back or stomach hair, armpit hair or leg hair) this is still not a good sign and will likely eventually lead to loss of hair on the head, which of course most women are not in favor of.

It is important to note that loss of hair on the head could simply be a hereditary trait that causes some members of the family line to lose hair at a particular age. But hair loss on the head and especially the loss of body hair can also be signs of a more serious medical problem. In particular, if hair loss anywhere on the body is accompanied by feelings of weakness or fatigue, general malaise or excess stress, individuals should seek advice from a doctor as soon as possible.

For those sufferers of hair loss who simply have a hereditary trait that may be causing them to lose hair, there are many treatment options available. Paying attention to the early signs of hair loss is important so that treatment may be started as early as possible.

Diana Chin