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How To Spot The Telltale Signs Of Hair Loss

Hairs falling out of our scalp happens to everyone, and in many cases is nothing to worry about.

According to the NHS, most of us lose between 50 and 100 hairs a day, which given that people have, on average, between 80,000 and 120,000 hairs on their head at any one time, means that we often lose hair without noticing and it is not often an issue.

However, there are also some telltale signs or a level of hair loss that is not normal, and it then becomes important to consult a hair specialist to see what can be done to help prevent further loss.

Here are some telltale signs that you may be suffering from premature hair loss.

You Lose Hair In Clumps

A certain level of hair loss is normal, but if you notice hair falling out in clumps, that can be a sign of a range of hair conditions.

The most common is telogen effluvium or stress-related hair loss where hair follicles move into the resting phase in larger quantities, shedding hairs far quicker than one might expect.

For most people, stress-related hair loss is temporary and lost hair will grow back within a few months, but in other cases, it can be hard for it to grow back.

All In The Family

Baldness is often hereditary and is often seen in families, so if several of your relatives also lost their hair when they were young, that can mean there is a good chance you will go bald young as well.

This is not always the case, of course; plenty of people keep their hair when the rest of the men in their family go bald, or go bald younger than the rest of their family.

Widow’s Peak

One of the most common signs of balding, a receding hairline has often been misinterpreted and confused with a maturing one.

Most people will have a hairline that will retreat a couple of centimetres in an even way. It is as much a part of getting older as having a deep voice.

Typically it will all retreat at a relatively even rate, resembling a straight line or relatively close to this.

However, a receding hairline is uneven, often at the temple area, leading to a very distinct m-shaped pattern known as the “widow’s peak”. It is also more substantial than a typical maturing hairline.

Extremely Brittle Hair

Hair can sometimes break easily, especially in winter as the combination of low humidity and regular central heating dries it out. This causes it to look dull and frizzy and break more easily.

Hair is typically very strong but if it regularly breaks and falls out of your head through simply combing it with your hands, it could be a sign of alopecia, a condition that causes hair loss in patches.

If you are ever worried about the condition of your hair or how much you are losing, seeking the advice and help of a professional is an important early step in ensuring you preserve your hair and maintain a look you want to keep in the future.

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