Losing hair is a natural process that happens to everyone, every day. We all lose an average of 80 hair strands a day, but our hair is continually growing in cycles to replenish itself. However, if you have been noticing an unusual amount of hair loss, you might be worried you are going bald.
Don’t panic. Hair thinning and baldness are two different things, and both have multiple treatment options.
But how can you tell if your hair is thinning or if you are going bald? We put together this list of questions to help you determine if your hair loss is leading to baldness or hair thinning, so you know how to properly address it.
Does it run in the family?
Look into your family’s history with hair loss. Male Pattern Baldness is typically a genetic condition, so your first step in determining if you are balding is finding out if you are genetically prone to baldness. If baldness does not run in your family, it is likely your hair is thinning for a reason unrelated to balding.
Where is the hair loss?
If you are noticing a receding hairline or loss specifically in the crown area, these can be signs of balding. A more random pattern or evenly spread loss of hair is usually an indicator of hair thinning.
If your hair seems to be falling out in patches, you could have alopecia, a condition that causes a person to lose patches of hair. Consult a doctor if you think this to be the case.
Could the hair loss be caused by age?
If you are climbing into your silver years, your hair is probably thinning, which is a normal part of the aging process. Also, if you are a woman approaching menopause, hair thinning is often a normal symptom.
However, if you are under the age of 35, hair loss might be a sign of balding.
Other factors of hair thinning
There are a host of factors that cause hair thinning. Consider if you have recently experienced any of these triggers:
- Stress – hair thinning may happen as your body attempts to cope with unforeseen or unusually intense stress.
- Hormonal or Chemical Imbalance – hair thinning can occur when your hormones are being produced in different quantities. Think: new medicine, cessation of prescription, etc.
- Thyroid Problems – if you have also noticed memory loss, depression, sudden weight gain, dry skin, or fatigue and frequent muscle aches, your hair thinning might be due to a thyroid problem.
- Vitamin B or Iron Deficiency – hair thinning can happen when you’re not getting enough of certain vitamins.
- Dramatic Weight Loss – hair thinning is normal when you have dramatically lost a lot of weight.
- New Hair Product – if you are using a new hair product, it might be too harsh for your hair.
Remember, hair grows in cycles, so if you are only noticing heavy hair loss now, the catalyst might have happened up to three months prior.
If you can attribute one or more of these factors to your hair loss, your hair is probably just thinning, and you’re likely not going bald.
Options for Both Hair Thinning and Hair Loss
If you believe you are suffering from hair thinning or baldness, you fortunately have plenty of options to help your thinning hair and slow hair loss. Once you do, you can have confidence that you look as young as you feel.
At the Helendale Hair Center, we offer a line of topical solutions that can regrow hair with continuous use for a less invasive approach to hair revival. We also offer treatment options such as light therapy, prescription medication, injections, and follicle transplants.
Schedule an appointment with our office to consult with our dermatological team to see what option will be best for you.