Androgenetic alopecia, also called male pattern baldness, doesn’t happen overnight, like most other signs of aging. In fact, most men lose their hair slowly over time.

If you want to stop hair loss, one thing you can do is learn the signs of baldness and do something about them as soon as you can. To put it simply, the sooner you take steps to stop hair loss, the more hair you can save in the long-run.

It’s not always easy to figure out why someone is losing hair. With so many balding myths floating around the internet, it’s easy to confuse normal hair loss from healthy hair follicles that will grow back with male pattern baldness.

There are some real signs of male pattern hair loss that can help you figure out what’s going on and do something about it.

Seeing The Signs Of Male Pattern Baldness Is An Important Step In Treating Or Stopping It

Male pattern baldness happens in stages, so if you catch the signs early, you might be able to stop the hair loss or stop it from getting worse. Most people go through the same stages of balding, so it’s important to know how to spot them. 

Here are some warning signs you should be aware of, as well as simple but effective steps you can take to stop your hair loss from getting worse. 

Changing The Way Your Hairline Is 

The most obvious sign of hair loss is when your hairline changes in a way that everyone can see. Baldness usually starts at the hairline. If you had a flat or slightly receding hairline before, it may have changed into an M-shaped hairline, which is basically bald with hair on the sides. 

Most people first notice thinning hair at the crown of the head and temples. It usually starts with thinning hair and not complete hair loss. If you look at two photos taken years apart and see that your hairline is clearly receding or balding, this is a clear sign that you’re losing your hair. 

If you’re really worried about hair loss, you can take a picture of your hairline or the top of your head every few months in the same lighting to see if your hairline is receding. After a year or two, you should be able to tell if you’re losing hair around your hairline or not. Photos are a great way to tell if you’re losing hair or not because they let you see yourself from someone else’s point of view. 

If you start to lose hair, it’s important to do something right away to keep it from getting worse. You might not be able to stop hair loss completely, but there are things you can do to slow it down and keep it from getting worse. 

What Are The Early Signs Of Going Bald?

There are a number of signs that you may be starting to lose your hair or have been losing hair for quite some time. Some signs of balding are: hair loss all over your head, a receding hairline, slow-growing hair, more hairs than usual on your brush or pillow. That said, if you notice any difference in your hair such as excessive hair loss this could be a red flag and you should get it checked out by a professional right away to find out the cause behind it.

Your Hair Is Getting Thinner

Not everyone loses hair at the front of their head. Some men have what’s called “diffuse thinning,” which is a type of hair loss that can affect the whole scalp or just a few spots, like the top of the head. This causes baldness to start in the back or on top of the head, instead of at the hairline. 

The best way to spot diffuse thinning, like a receding hairline, is to look at photos from different times. If you look at photos from a few years ago and see that your hair looks thinner now, it could be because of male pattern baldness. Since you don’t usually take pictures of yourself from behind, the best way to see how thick your hair has gotten over time is to take a picture every two or three months in your bathroom mirror. If you start to lose hair on your crown, you should do something to stop it from getting worse. 

Too Much Hair Loss After Taking A Shower Or Brushing 

It is normal to lose hair when you brush, comb, or shower. On average, people lose between 50 and 100 hairs a day. This means that the four or five hairs you find in your hands after shampooing your hair are nothing to worry about. But if you start to lose a lot of hair during the day, it could be a sign of male pattern baldness. 

Before you panic, you should know that sudden hair loss can be temporary and that losing a lot of hair for a day or two isn’t always a reason to worry. Causes of hair loss that are not as scary but still happen often include high fevers, stress, and the side effects of medicines. This kind of hair loss is usually temporary, so you might find more hairs in your hands and on your brush for one to six months. You might also wake up and find loose hairs on your pillow. 

If you’ve been losing a lot of hair every day for a long time, you should see an expert. After all, a small amount of daily hair loss from a full head of hair might not take as long as you think to turn into a receding hairline or a visible balding crown.

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What Causes Hair Loss?

To treat balding correctly, you need to know why you are losing hair in the first place. The following are some of the most common causes for hair loss:

Male Pattern Baldness 

Male pattern baldness is the most common reason for hair loss. With androgenetic alopecia, hormonal changes cause an increase in the androgen hormone dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. This makes hair follicles shrink, which makes hair thinner and shorter. 

This causes hair follicles to get smaller and stop making new hairs altogether. And unfortunately, this causes hair loss to start in your 20s and get worse as you get older. 

Most of the time, this happens slowly over time, and it often runs in families. If you have alopecia, it can be hard to figure out how to stop it. For that reason, reaching out to hair loss experts such as the ones at our Toronto clinic can help you determine the cause of the hair loss and devise a treatment strategy that can help the hair grow back safely and effectively. 

Problems With Health 

Male pattern baldness is the most common reason for hair loss, but there are other things to keep in mind if you want to know why your hair falls out. Here are some of them: 

Thyroid diseases: The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases says that severe thyroid diseases like Hashimoto’s Disease can cause hair loss. But if this is the cause, you are likely to have other signs, like feeling tired or gaining weight. 

Malnutrition: Hair changes can happen when people don’t get enough food, especially protein. But this is unlikely to be the cause unless you eat very few calories and protein. 

Alopecia Areata: This condition causes small bald spots that are usually hard to see. Alopecia areata happens when hair follicles are attacked by the immune system. This is called telogen effluvium. This type of hair loss is temporary and is often caused by events that are very stressful, scary, or traumatic, being in the hospital, or even some side effects of medications. It might look like permanent hair loss, but it can be fixed if caught early. 

Tinea Capitis: This condition is a fungal infection of the scalp that causes small, scaly spots and pustules on the scalp. If you don’t treat tinea capitis, scarring can cause you to lose your hair. 

Trichotillomania: When people have problems with their mental health, they sometimes pull out their own hair. If this is the reason you are losing your hair, a mental health professional may be able to help with therapy or medication. 

Other Things That Cause Hair Loss 

More hair loss can happen if you use harsh hair care products like bleach and chemical straighteners too much. Hair loss is also possible if you style your hair in different ways that tug or break the hair such as ponytails, cornrows or braids. Another hair loss cause could potentially be the loss of weight quickly. The reason for this is that your body is not getting the proper nutrients it needs to support proper hair growth which ultimately leads to hair loss.

How To Know If You Should Get Your Hair Loss Checked Out

Hair loss can be stressful for both men and women. Hair plays a big role in our personal lives and in how confident we feel about ourselves. If you start to lose your hair, it can be a very hard time in general. To put it simply, don’t wait to get your hair checked out. If you’re losing more hair than usual, contact our team in Toronto. We’ll do a full exam to find out what’s going on and come up with a plan to help you grow back the hair you’ve lost. Call us or fill out a form to get in touch with us today, and our experts at Nova Medical Hair Transplant in Toronto will reach out to you shortly to talk about the next steps.

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