Hair loss (also known as alopecia) is increasingly becoming an issue amongst men as well as women. This condition is the cause for the loss of hair and is estimated at affecting at least 35% of the global population. Although commonly associated with hair loss on the scalp, alopecia also refers to hair loss on other parts of the body as well.
Like any other condition – hair loss is best treated at its early stages. During this phase, non-surgical solutions are possible to counter hair loss while they are also inexpensive and less painful. These treatments also have a higher hair re-growth success rate.
If you are unsure, as to whether you have alopecia or not – keep reading for some of the initial symptoms:
Receding hairline – men are most commonly affected by a receding hairline. It begins at the temples and can start as early as when they are teenagers. If a thinning of hair at the top of the head is noticed or even bald sections – then it is time to act fast.
Thinning hair – Women will usually have thinning hair on the front and sides of their head. Women do not experience receding hairlines.
Patchy hair loss – This is painful and hair loss happens in patches. These portions of the scalp tend to be painful and scratchy. This patchy hair loss pattern is referred to as ‘scarring’ alopecia, which could also be caused by traction alopecia. This happens when hair is pulled tightly during styling.
Round and smooth patches of hair loss – Look at your hair loss pattern. If you have smooth and round patches, then it might be alopecia areata. This is the kind of hair loss experienced in not only the scalp area but also other areas of the body such as the beard, eyebrows and even eyelashes. These areas might also be itchy.
A handful of falling hair – This symptom is not that severe, as it does not cause bald patches. It occurs when you brush your hair or even wash it. The medical term for this is telogen effluvium.