Key Signs That You May Be at Risk for Hair Loss
You may have noticed more of your hair around your home—in your shower drain, on your pillow, intertwined within your hairbrush. Perhaps you’re noticing thinning on the top of your head along with this frequent shedding, with parts in your hair appearing wider. Maybe you’ve noticed that your hairband wraps around your ponytail more times than it used to. To combat this strange thinning, you might have started changing your hairstyle, parting it in different ways to hide any noticeable thinning. Even if you haven’t noticed a distinct bald spot, frequent hair thinning across the skull can be a sign that you are experiencing the first stages of hair loss. This might be cause for internalized worry, but know that you’re not alone. Millions of men and women around the globe suffer from hair loss, with half of men and one-quarter of women being affected by it.
While there are many different types of hair loss, the most common type is one caused by your genes, known as androgenetic alopecia (pattern baldness). This is a progressive condition that affects both men and women, constitutes approximately 98% of hair loss, and worsens over time. Unfortunately, surgical methods are the only way to regrow hair from follicles once they have died; however, there are non-surgical preventative methods available to both slow and reverse the growth of thinning hair. First, let’s discuss the warning signs that might mean you are at risk for hair loss. If any of these signs sound familiar, you should consider discussing treatment options with your medical physician.
Signs of Hair Loss
Change in Your Hair Line
This is the most identifiable sign of hair loss in men, as male-pattern baldness often begins with a receding hairline. This type of hair loss usually begins in the temples, beginning with thinning, until the flat hairline has receded into the well-known “V” shape. If you’re unsure whether your hairline has changed, consider comparing old photos of yourself with pictures of your hairline from today. If you don’t have any comparable photos on hand, consider taking a photo today and taking another, in the same lighting, a few months from now.
Thinning of Your Hair
While also common in male-pattern baldness, female-pattern baldness is usually most visible through thinning on the crown and thinning across the whole scalp. Men affected by thinning often have diffuse thinning—balding that affects specific areas of the scalp prior to just the hairline, either on the top or back of the head. Similar to a receding hairline, compare your current hair to past photos to see if noticeable thinning has taken place.
Hair Loss When Showering or Brushing
It’s normal to lose hair while washing your hair or post-shower brushing. However, excessive hair loss from either of these activities should be watched for. If you notice this type of hair loss happening infrequently, you shouldn’t worry—this type of hair loss can be caused by excessive weight loss, overtraining, increased stress, and more. If you experience this type of hair loss regularly, you should seek out help from your physician.
Non-Surgical Preventative Treatment for Hair Loss
Laser hair growth has quickly become one of the most trusted non-surgical methods to slow and reverse the cycle of thinning hair growth. Known as low-level laser (light) treatment (LLLT), this laser hair growth method has been clinically shown to slow down the progression of androgenetic alopecia while potentially enhancing regrowth of thinned hair.
Capillus’ FDA-cleared, U.S.-made laser caps utilize LLLT to treat individuals currently afflicted by patterned baldness. The laser hair growth method applied within these caps is believed to increase cellular respiration and capillary blood flow to the dermis of the skin, which helps to increase cell metabolism and the health of blood vessels, making for thicker and more supple hair. *from foreign sourced materials
When it comes to hair loss, prevention is the best method. If you can catch it early, you’re better set to treating initial thinning before it progresses into a more aggressive territory. Capillus’ laser hair growth caps are a safe and effective preventative method for use in the comfort of your home. If you can relate to any of the above signs concerning hair loss, you should consider meeting with your clinical physician to discuss possible treatment options.