Male Pattern Baldness: Noticing The Early Stages

The early stages of male hair loss

Well over 60% of men will notice some stage of hair loss or thinning by the age of 40, and the majority of men start losing their hair in their 30s, with some even as early as their 20s.  Hair loss happens to the best of us, and unless we find a cure for it, it doesn't look like going away anytime soon. 

Although baldness is entirely normal and nothing to be ashamed of, a receding hairline or a thinning crown can be enough to fill most men with utter dread!  On the bright side, there are certain treatments that can slow down the shedding process, and there are also some easy steps you can take to slow down hair loss or reduce how visible it is.  But the key to treating your hair in the best possible way is knowing the early signs.  So, here’s what to look out for...

Frontal Hair Loss

For most men, male pattern baldness tends to begin at the front of the scalp.  Receding at the temples is followed by thinning at the crown, which in some cases can end in full baldness exceeding Norwood Hamilton 5.  In this instance, the hairline usually forms a rounded M shape at first, which will then change into a U shape as the middle point of the M recedes further.

This can be identified quickly just by looking at yourself in the mirror, and if identified quickly;y, it can be treated quickly, which is a huge benefit. Keep an eye on your hairline as that’s where you’ll first notice hair loss.

Excess Shedding

A little hair shedding is normal, but having a hairy pillow each and every morning, or finding clumps of strands locked in your hairbrush, is a sign that you’re falling victim to male pattern baldness.  The same can be said for seeing your plug hole in the shower blocked up after taking a quick shower.  Hair loss is evident in so many ways, and although many men choose to ignore it, it would actually be wise to take note of it, so you can treat it earlier and more effectively.

Thinning Hair Visible Under The Light

It’s hard to notice a change when it’s happening over the course of months and years – but standing under a bright light - a shaving light in the bathroom or standing with a mirror outside on a particularly sunny day will give you a fair idea of how much hair you actually have. If male pattern baldness is happening quickly, you’ll notice a difference immediately.

Run Your Hands Through Your Hair

Seasonal shedding is normal, and there are specific months in the year when most of us shed more hair, so this is nothing to worry about.  However, if, by running your fingers through your hair, you are shedding excessively (losing more than 50 strands), then your hair is particularly fragile, and you will more than likely need to start treating the problem. 


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