If you’re noticing signs of baldness, it might be time to take action.
Unlike the cold, male pattern baldness is not a sudden medical condition you can wake up with over one night. Instead, the bald spot that men become aware of arrives as a gradual process that takes place over months, or years, or even decades. So, how do you know when to take action against hair loss? The American Academy of Dermatology says the early signs of hair loss can often signal an impending decline.
The following might be early signs of Baldness and Hair Loss
- A receding hairline
- A widening part
- A higher density of hairs on the top of your head, but a lower density on the sides
There are circumstances and lifestyle factors that can put more hair into a dormant cycle during which it falls out. Because the hair we see on the head took months to grow, a person may not notice any disruption in the hair growth cycle until several months after the event that caused it. Seeing your hair fall out can be frustrating, surprising, and even frightening, especially if it happens all of a sudden.
A few months after giving birth, recovering from an illness, or surgery, you may notice a lot more hair in your comb or on your pillow. The average adult head has 100,000 to 150,000 hairs and sheds up to 100 out of about 100 per day; Finding a few random hairs on your brush is not necessarily a cause for concern. If you're losing more than 100 hairs a day, or if you're finding bald patches on your scalp, you should probably see a dermatologist.
The doctor will check your scalp and may take hair samples and check for certain conditions that can cause hair loss. For example, treatments that use chemicals, such as hair dyes, bleaches, straighteners, or perms, can damage the hair, leading to flaking or temporary hair loss. The same thing can happen if you overheat your hair (for example, using a hot iron or a hot hairdryer).
For example, the birth of a child, surgery, a traumatic event, a severe illness, or a high temperature can temporarily cause large amounts of hair to fall out. In addition, if you are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy to the head or neck, you may lose all (or most) of your hair within a few weeks of starting treatment. Males typically have bitemporal thinning, frontal and crown thinning, or complete hair loss with residual hair at the nape and temporal margins. There is usually diffuse thinning of the hair at the crown in women, with the frontal attachment retained.
Treating your hair with hot oil or chemicals used in perms (also called "perms") can cause inflammation (swelling) of the hair follicle. Please do not treat your hair with chemicals or bleach it. Haircare chemicals cause sudden and permanent damage to hair follicles. Stopping Smoking Smoking can cause premature aging of the hair cells, making hair follicles fragile and easily damaged.
Avoid Stretching Hairstyles Hair is flexible, but studies show that your hair can only be stretched to this extent before it becomes permanently damaged. In addition, hairstyles such as braids, tight braids, and ponytails can, over time, separate the hair from the scalp and weaken the bond between hair and scalp. People can even lose their hair if they wear a hairstyle (such as braids) that pulls the hair back for a long time.
If you have braids or braids or use a tight curling iron, pulling your hair can cause a type of hair loss called traction alopecia. Women of color, in particular, are more prone to a type of hair loss called traction alopecia, which is caused by heat, certain chemicals, and tight hairstyles that pull at the roots, including some braids, dreadlocks, hair extensions, and braids. In women, androgens can cause oily skin, acne, excess facial and body hair, and scalp hair loss.
Anagenic alopecia is a pathological widespread hair loss in the growth phase caused by an event that alters the mitotic activity of the hair follicle, most commonly chemotherapy. Some vitamin deficiencies, such as vitamin D, iron, and ferritin (iron stores) and other factors such as a heavy diet, thyroid problems, and pregnancy (postpartum hair loss), can also cause telogen effluvium. It can also trigger an autoimmune response, where the body's immune system attacks the hair follicles, resulting in hair loss.
Hair loss indicates that genetic factors are more important than environmental factors in causing hair loss. Androgenic hair loss is caused by androgenic hormones (produced in varying amounts in men and women) that act on hair follicles in people with a genetic predisposition. Some people think that stress, dieting, wearing hats, washing frequently, and drinking alcohol are the causes of hair loss. Still, researchers have found no link between any of these activities and characteristic hair loss. Instead, the experience causes increased sensitivity of the hair follicles, leading to a period of increased hair loss. In structural hair loss, hormones act on the follicle, making it smaller and the new hair shorter and thinner than the hair it replaces. Eventually, the new hair becomes so short and thin that it becomes invisible, and the scalp becomes bald. Several genes likely determine the predisposition to baldness.
Please note that since hair loss can be an early sign of the disease, it is important to find the cause so that it can be treated. If hair loss is caused by an endocrine disorder such as diabetes, thyroid disease, or female pattern baldness, proper treatment and control of the underlying disorder is important to reduce or prevent hair loss.