The Most Common Signs of Balding

Are you going bald? It can be scary to think about. No one wants to lose their hair. Unfortunately, denial becomes so strong that a lot of people refuse to acknowledge signs of balding until it is absolutely too late to do anything about it. Don’t end up in that situation because all that happens is you end up bringing about the exact thing you were afraid of instead of taking actions to correct it. 

If you’re going bald, then you won’t fix it through denial. Here are some of the most common signs of baldness. If you recognize them early, you can take action to prevent balding before it’s too late and all your hair follicles are gone!

  • Age

While people can go bald very early, showing signs even before puberty, the older you get the more likely you may be going bald. In fact, as a general rule of thumb, your decade is your likelihood. So, if you’re in your 30s then you have a 30% chance of going bald. By your 60s, the chance jumps to 60% likelihood. 

  • Excessive Shedding and Hair Loss

Everyone knows that shedding hair here and there is normal. It’s also normal to lose some in brushing and showering. The trick is maintaining a balance and knowing what’s been normal. If you start noticing more and more hair being shed, then that may be a sign of baldness.

Finding a few hairs lying around isn’t a sign of balding but noticing your hair collecting on pillow cases, larger clumps in your combs and brushes, or lots clumping up in the shower then you may be seeing an early sign of hair loss. 

This can happen from time to time during more rapid growth, so don’t panic. If this happens for a week or two, you’re probably fine. If, however, you notice a lot of hair loss every day and it persists beyond 2 weeks then you need to start thinking about and looking to try hair loss treatments.  

  • Receding Hair Line

Male pattern baldness usually starts at the temples and fore head and begins to recede over time. Your hair will begin getting thinner and thinner, then fall out. If you are brushing and styling your hair but it won’t style the same way it used to and stops looking quite right, then it may be due to a receding hairline. 

Thin hair around your temples that spreads out over time will cause the direction you brush or style to look wrong. Brushing and styling a new way may help, but this is also a good indicator that you need to start treating your hair loss. 

  • Noticeable Thinning

Just like with receding hairlines, you can tell when your hair starts thinning, especially if you have a thick head of hair. Before hair starts going bald, it thins. Thicker follicles become much thinner and grow in much thinner before eventually becoming too unhealthy to grow back in at all.

Thinning can occur anywhere. It may begin at your temples or your hairline but it can also start on your crown or anywhere along your scalp. One of the ways to tell if your hair is thinning is if you can see your scalp. If you wet and brush your hair and you can see parts of your scalp that you couldn’t before, then you may be going bald. 

An easy way to see this is by comparing pictures of yourself form different times in your life. If your air starts looking thinner in more recent photos, it may be an early sign of baldness.  To catch the backside of your head, take a picture in your mirror every few months to compare them. If your hair starts thinning around your crown then take action so you prevent further loss. 

If your scalp is getting sunburned when you’re in the sun a lot that could also be a sign of thinning. While being in the sun for extended periods of time can burn any scalp, if it happens more quickly than usual then it may indicate that there’s less hair to penetrate before reaching the scalp. 

  • Longer Times Between Haircuts

Throughout your life, your hair tends to grow at steady rates. Generally, you’ll need haircuts at regular intervals and it’ll be the same interval each time. If your hair starts resting and stops growing then your hair will take much longer to grow out between cuts. While this could jut be a sign that your hair needs some nutrients and minerals, it could also be due to balding and may be a sign that your hair isn’t going to grow back in as usual. 

  • Itchy, Flaky Scalp

This tip is near the bottom because it is so controversial. Scalps can itch and flake for a wide variety of reasons, and hair loss is one of the least common reasons for it. That being said, it can be connected with hair loss, so if your itchy scalp is paired up with another one of these signs, then it may be an indicator.

Skin oil, called sebum, gets produced under your skin’s surface. This usually helps moisturize your skin, but if it builds up then it will clog the hair follicles and prevent hair growth. The indicator that the sebum is starting to build up and clog follicles is… you guessed it… an itchy, flaky scalp.

  • Genetics

Just because your family members go bald early, doesn’t mean you will, so there’s no need to panic over this one. Unfortunately, your genetics do speak to a predisposition. You are far more likely to go bald at an earlier age if your family did. Just make sure you properly care for your hair throughout your life to counteract this issue.

Final Thoughts

These are all just potential indications of baldness. None of them on their own guarantee that you will go bald early. None of them mean you’re going bald right then. The thing you need to know is that they are potential indicators. 

If you are showing any of these signs, though, you may want to consider working to fight baldness as an early precaution. Leaving the decision until too late will result in irreversible baldness if you are going through that experience.

There are several different options available. For light warnings signs at the beginning, try some over the counter options for hair treatment. If signs persist, you can choose from several available prescription options.  

For a more homeopathic option, peppermint oil has shows in studies that it can promote hair growth. Rosemary and magnesium oils also help. 

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