I want to discuss symptoms of balding in men. I've been lurking on the hair loss forums, on Reddit, and every single week I get at least a dozen number of people, who reach out to me, asking if they're balding or not. I am going to tell you some of the signs so you can look for it to see if you're balding or not. What is male baldness? Learn here - wikipedia.
When a man begins the bald, two things go down the drain. One is going to be his hair, and number two is going to be his confidence. And as a result, the sooner that you detect or catch balding, it's going to be easier to deal with the treatments. And that's because it's a lot harder for you to regrow new hair as opposed to keeping the hair that you've already got. I'm not a hair specialist, or a doctor, or anything like that, but I can usually tell if a person is balding or not from my own experience and also from the research that I've been doing over the past few years. So hopefully this article is going to be able to explain if you are indeed balding or not and showing different types of signs so you can look for. Let 's get started.
Difficulty to Style the Hair
The hair gets harder and harder to style. This is probably one of the best ways to tell if you're balding or not and I can personally relate to this one. When I was in high school, I loved styling my hair a particular way, and I've always had a high forehead ever since I was little. I loved styling my hair very short, and I felt it was effortless to do. But as I got into college I realized that I could no longer style my hair a certain way or the way that I used to do it in high school. This is because the hairline was starting to recede, the temples and everything on the hairline was starting to have low density. And when a hairline is beginning to subside, it makes it very difficult to style your hair. And that's because usually when the hairline is decreasing, it's going to retreat. So widow's peak is going to stay for the most part and then on the side, so it's going to abandon. That was one of the number one signs that I realized that I couldn't do this hairstyle anymore, something must be wrong with my hair. That's one of the excellent ways to determine if you're balding or not.
Losing Hairs on Pillow and Shower Drain
You see excessive hair on your pillow, or the shower, or in the bath plug, or even on your hands when you're styling your hair in the morning. You can try putting some screen on the shower drain and count the numbers of hairs if you have difficulty figuring out how much hair that you're losing. But on average people say that it's normal to lose anywhere from fifty to a hundred strands of hair a day, but I think from my own experience that seems like a very high number. I don't think I even come close to fifty. I probably see about five to six strands of hair every morning on my pillow, which I think is normal. And when I do take a shower and wash my hair, the most amount that I usually see is around ten. And that's generally with a lot of force.
When people say that it's normal to lose about 50 to 100 strands of hair, I don't think that's true. I think that's more indicative sign of balding. And the thing is the average person has about a hundred thousand hairs on their scalp. And they really won't see any signs of balding until they lose about 50% and go down to nearly fifty thousand hairs on their scalp. And this is also one of the reasons why when it comes to hair transplantation, the doctors try to achieve a minimum density of around 50 percent of your average density on your scalp because it's going to create that illusion of a full set of hair. But realistically it's not a complete set of hair; it's only 50% of the density.
So, if you're losing a lot of hair per day, one of the good ways to tell if you're balding is to get one of those USB microscopes. A lot of the dermatologists use this to determine the hair density and to look for different types of scalp or skin conditions. This is good because you can compare the densities from your temples to the frontal portion of the hairline or if you're balding on the crown, you can go and look here. One of the ways that you can do this is to compare and contrast the density from surrounding areas. You don't want to look for the thickness in the front the hairline and compare to the back of the scalp because the density in the back of the scalp is going to be a lot higher than in the frontal hairline. If you think that your balding, go ahead and buy one of these and count the numbers of hairs that you can see when you examine your scalp. And let's say you feel like you're balding on the temporal regions; take a look and then compare with somewhere nearby and see if the densities are similar or not. Chances are if you're thinning, you can visually see that there's less dense hair and also the strands might be a lot thinner, which is going to be another indication that you're starting to recede or bald.
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