Hair loss strikes men in a wide variety of ways. While there is the typical male pattern baldness, this only applies to a certain percentage of men. Guys have different scalps and hair patterns and it is hard to reduce all hair loss into a few scenarios. If you are concerned about losing your hair, don’t focus on whether your hair loss fits within a pattern. Hair loss doesn’t happen overnight. Unless you are extremely unlucky, you don’t wake up one morning and feel like you’re staring at Lex Luthor across your mirror. Usually, hair loss happens gradually. In fact, it can happen so gradually that you might be caught completely unawares. Keep your eye on the following signs of hair loss.
Receding hair line
Keep tabs of your hair line. This is the surest way of knowing whether you are losing your hair. If you hair line recedes, you are losing hair. That’s the bottom line. It is impossible for your hairline to recede without hair loss.
For some guys, hair loss doesn’t come in the form of a receding hair line. Instead, the overall density of their hair declines. While they still have roughly the same hair line as before, their hair’s density has fallen as the gaps between individual strands of hair continue to get bigger and bigger as their hair falls out. In fact, some of the most unattractive baldness patterns that involve having the same hairline as before but having huge gaps among existing patches of hair.
Another sign that you have a hair loss problem is when you notice that you are losing hair at the crown of your head. This is the hardest to detect hair loss pattern since most guys don’t check the crown of their head. You will have to rely on your friends cluing you in. The good news is that this pattern on hair loss is easier to arrest with proven hair loss treatments like minoxidil or propecia. The secret is to detect the crown loss as early as possible.
For a number of guys, hair loss takes a very unusual and frustrating form. Their overall number of hair remains constant. In fact, in some guys, they actually have more hair than before. The problem is that the new hair that replaced dark, broad hair come in the form of peach fuzz. Since this hair is thinner, shorter, and wispy, you still look bald to everyone else.