Hair loss and balding will occur in over 50% of men by the time they are 40.  In fact, from puberty many boys will show signs of hair loss.  Depending on the type and severity, it can be difficult to treat, but catching it early always has better outcomes.  Use this guide to help you identify some of the more common early signs of balding.

Genetics

Genetics often takes the blame for balding.

Androgenic Alopecia is the number one form of hair loss in men.  It is mostly governed by genetics and can be passed down through either the mother or father even though it only affects males.  Look at the men in your family and notice if any have hair loss.  Even if they do, that doesn’t mean you will, as there are environmental triggers, but it may mean you have the genetic predisposition.  It can also be an indicator of the age when to expect hair loss and the severity you may experience.

Lower Hair Density (hair thinning)

This can be hard to measure or notice as it often occurs slowly, or in areas that you can’t see easily.  Photographs, and even the odd selfie, are often the first pieces of evidence, as over a period of time you may notice a gradual thinning.  Usually, an eagle-eyed family member will let you know that your scalp is more visible in the crown/back of your head.

More Time Between Haircuts

Men tend to stick to a more regular hair cut schedule compared to women.  You may book your regular appointments for every 4 weeks but soon realise that in that period your hair does not reach its usual length.

Hair growth slows with age – this means more time between haircuts.

As we age, hair growth slows, but with balding it may slow considerably especially on the top of the head and around the hairline.

M-Shaped Hairline

The biggest telltale sign of balding is the movement of the hairline.  It will start to recede at the temples giving the characteristic M-shaped hairline.  It will continue to pull back as leave a faux widows peak.  At the same time, the crown will become sparse.  The two areas will eventually meet leaving hair only at the sides and back of the scalp. The Norwood scale is used to track male hair loss and ranges from 1-7.

Scalp Issues

As if hair loss was not bad enough by itself, many men also experience a range on scalp issues.  You may notice it is more itchy or dryer than usual.  Often, as the hair density decreases, you are more likely to get sunburn, so always use at least SPF 30 on any sparse areas.  You may also see redness or bumps around the hairline as the thickness of the hair changes.

Hair Fall

Brushing and combing often reveal the early signs of hair loss as you will notice that more hair comes out during these regular activities.

We’d love to hear your story of how/when you identified your hair thinning/balding, and more importantly, what you are doing about it.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, firstly understand it is a normal and common occurrence and you are not alone.

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