Whether we like it or not, our hair plays a vital role in how we look and feel; and if you’re experiencing thinning hair or hair loss it can have a significant impact on your life, self confidence and self-esteem.
But for many people experiencing thinning hair or hair loss, the process happens gradually, so may not be noticeable at the initial stages. This often means that in many sufferers the symptoms go unnoticed for a long time, until they have lost nearly half of their hair density.
Family history can be an indicator
Inevitably those with a family history of male or female pattern baldness will be more aware of the higher potential for hair loss or thinning hair. However, this isn’t always the case, as even with pattern baldness the hair loss may happen over a long period of time and those without a family history can also be susceptible to the condition. Furthermore, there are other factors such as illness, stress and chemicals that can also cause hair to thin or fall out, but many people will put off seeking treatment or put it down paranoia, rather than seeking professional advice or help.
What’s normal hair loss?
Everyone’s hair will fall out, it’s all part of the natural hair growth cycle. But what is considered as normal hair loss is shedding around 100 hairs per day, which sounds like a lot, but this is based on a head with 100,000 hair follicles that are continually growing. Obviously you can’t sit there and count every hair that falls from your head, but naturally, you know your hair better than anyone. If you spot larger amounts of hair coming out than usual when you wash or brush your hair or if there is noticeable thinning or bald spots, this is not likely to be paranoia, but the first signs of hair loss.
Trust your instincts
If you’re at all concerned your hair is looking thinner or that you have excessive hair loss, it could well be time to get some expert help. But rather than doubting yourself and feeling like you may be paranoid, start by asking those close to you if they think your is looking thinner. While this may be an embarrassing topic to discuss, it’s the age-old approach of the sooner you identify a problem, the sooner you can resolve it. Of course, if you don’t feel comfortable talking to friends and family, there are numerous hair loss forums, where men and women asking the same question of “am I thinning or being paranoid?” In most cases, you should trust your instincts and seek help; this can be a visit to your GP or an appointment with us at the Wimpole Clinic who specialise in hair loss treatments.
Specialist clinics now offer various treatments that include hair transplants and non-surgical methods that can help with thinning hair and hair loss. It isn’t a case of you just have to accept that you’re losing your hair or spend or spend months doubting yourself. Finding the right treatment, sooner rather than later can help you tackle the problem head on and ensure that you maintain a full head of healthy looking hair.