5 Signs of miniaturization and hair loss

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Many people associate thinning hair and hair loss with aging. Unfortunately, however, hair loss is not a problem that only affects the elderly, as we pointed out in our previous article. People can start losing their hair at any time in their lives. It is often believed that the problem only affects men but this is a misconception as most women will experience some thinning throughout their lives.

No matter your age and gender, it is important that you familiarize yourself with these five signs that indicate the beginning of the thinning or fall process.

This will allow you to address the problem as soon as possible and maintain your hair.

SIGNAL 1: Watch for changes in the hairline.

The hairline is one of the first places where we can notice changes in hair density and caliber. Fortunately, the hairline is easy to keep track of and we can observe it virtually every day.

It must be said, however, that when you observe something every day, it is often easier not to notice the changes.

For example, let’s think about the waistline. Often we don’t realize the extra pounds until we can’t fasten the button of those pants we used to wear without problems a few months before. The same happens with hair.

That’s why it’s important to pay special attention to your hairline, not only by looking at it in detail, but also by taking photographs every month, for example, to see if there are any suspicious recesses or changes.

SIGNAL 2: Check if your hair feels thinner or lighter to the touch

Although we all dread the dreaded stemming, hair loss doesn’t always start in that area. Shedding can start anywhere and often people find that their entire hair begins to lose body and volume. It is certainly helpful to look at the hair to see if it appears finer but the best thing to do is touch the hair to check its density and caliber.

Be sure to run your hand through the hair or grab strands when the hair is clean. Sometimes the buildup of dead skin cells and oils can cause hair to appear denser than when it is washed. This can a false impression of hair density and volume.

Again iphotographic support can be useful to compare hair density and volume in different areas such as the side and crown areas. It is useful to take photos in different angles and compare them over the months. The advice is not to use flash and always take the pictures in the same light and in the same position.

SIGNAL 3: Check if the hair loss is not excessive

Losing hair is absolutely normal. In general most people lose between 50 and 100 hairs per day. This number may seem high but in reality it is not if we consider that there are thousands of hairs in our scalp and that the same are in different stages of their life cycle.

Although the fall is normal, when it begins to be excessive may be a symptom of a problem of alopecia.

If you find that every time you comb or brush your hair it remains full of hair you may be dealing with the beginnings of a condition of androgenic alopecia.

Sometimes people are faced with a temporary situation referred to as telogen effluvium which causes major hair loss following, for example, stressful events such as a bereavement, or the birth of a child.

However, telogen effluvium is a temporary condition.

If excessive shedding occurs over an extended period of time and in the absence of a recent stressful event, it is most likely due to androgenetic alopecia.

You can also keep an eye on your pillow, floor, sink and shower drain to observe if you are losing more hair than normal.

SIGNAL 4: Watch for thinning or balding areas

The presence of areas of the scalp whose hair appears thinning or areas that are virtually hairless may indicate that you are suffering from androgenetic alopecia or an autoimmune disorder.

One of the most common symptoms of autoimmune disorders is hair loss. People who are suffering from autoimmune thyroiditis, lupus, Graves’ disease and rheumatoid arthritis may experience hair loss.

As you know there is also an autoimmune disorder in which the autoimmune system attacks our hair follicles, a condition called alopecia areata.

If you have glabrous or severely thinned patches the advice is to see your dermatologist to get a proper diagnosis and treat the underlying problem.

SIGNAL 5: “An enlarged line”

A red flag especially in women is the central hairline. When this row begins to widen or the hair begins to miniaturize in that area is a clear sign that the hair is undergoing a miniaturization.

Men who are accustomed to combing their hair in the middle or side parting can use it as a reference point to determine if they are suffering from baldness.

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