As with all signs of aging in men, baldness does not occur overnight. In fact, for most, the process of going bald is slow and can happen over the course of a few years to over many decades. The biggest key to stopping hair loss is noticing the signs early and being proactive. Again, the earlier you take action against hair loss, the more hair you will be capable of saving.
While that sounds easy enough, understanding and identifying the signs of hair loss isn’t as easy as it should seem. If you’re wondering if you’re experiencing the early signs of male pattern baldness, read below to identify your symptoms and find actionable ways to prevent additional loss.
Changes to your Hairline
One of the first signs of balding is changes to your hairline. These will be easily recognizable in photographs that you can track over time.
For most, baldness usually begins in your hairline. You might recognize what was once a receding hairline is now a much more obvious V-shape. This is the first sign that you might be experiencing balding.
Thinning of your Hair
The next sign is what some call diffuse thinning. It’s a common type of hair loss that generally affects a specific area of your scalp (like the crown) or the whole scalp. This usually starts towards the back or stop of your scalp, instead of the hairline.
As mentioned above, the easiest way to track this is through photographs. Since most don’t take photographs from behind on a regular basis, you can take the photos in your mirror once a month or have a friend or family member take the photographs for you.
Extreme Hair Loss During Showering or Brushing
On average, most people lose about 100 hairs each day when brushing or showering. The good news is that if you notice strands in your hands after you shampoo, you generally have nothing to be concerned about. However, if you begin to notice excessive amounts of hair outside of your usual daily amount, there is a possibility it is a sign of balding.
It’s important to not panic because temporary hair loss can happen over a day or two. This shedding can cause quite a loss of hair temporarily from many things like sunburns, weight loss, fevers, or even jetlag. But this is temporary and will not last.
If you are noticing large quantities of hair loss for an extended period of time, you should begin to look into ways to prevent any additional hair loss.
Ready to Take Action?
If you’ve noticed the early signs of hair loss in men and you are ready to prevent it, the first suggestive step is to find a way to block DHT. DHT is the hormone that causes hair loss, so putting a stop to it is paramount. There are three main ways to block DHT:
- Finasteride (a prescription that is ingested daily)
- Minoxidil (also commonly known as Rogaine)
- DHT Blocking shampoos
If you prefer to try the natural route, try looking into these options.
No matter which route you take, it is important to remember that the earlier you begin the more hair you will be able to preserve.