Thinning and Balding.
“My hair is thinning.” “I’m going bald.” Both statements sound about the same to the average person, but they mean slightly different things. Fully understanding the difference could help others not get so confused.
More than 50% of men and women will experience thinning hair at some point in their lives. Thinning hair can lead to severe hair loss and possibly baldness. When someone’s hair is thinning, they are likely in the early stages of hair loss. Catching thinning hair in the earliest of stages is best so that a full recovery can be made. If the thinning continues unnoticed or uncared for, it can escalate to balding fast.
Many doctors and institutions believe that, if caught early enough, the problem can be reversed.
Thinning hair happens in the different hair growth stages, where the hair shafts get thinner over time. Dihydrotestosterone or DHT attaches to hair follicles and causes them to become thinner and thinner over time. With enough time, this could cause some to go completely bald.
Thinning eventually becomes hair loss or baldness. It progresses to the point that the hair becomes a soft white strand that sometimes is hard to see with the naked eyed. These white hairs are sometimes described as “peach fuzz.”
Can this be different for men and women?
For men, the thinning usually first occurs at the crown of the hairline of the head. For women, it’s noticed first on top of the frontal region. In either case, it’s beneficial to know that hair thinning does naturally occur with aging. While aging, your body is going through hormonal changes that directly affect the hair growth cycle. During menopause, it’s common for women to experience thinning and hair loss at the same time.
It’s vital that anyone who’s experiencing thinning consult with a doctor as soon as possible. Thinning can cause hair loss if it’s untreated. In most cases, it can likely be reversed if discovered early. If you’re past the thinning stages and are dealing with hair loss, we can still help. Contact us today to begin restoring your hair.