Over 80 million Americans are experiencing hair loss. Whether it is a chronic condition or a stress-related change, it is important to realize that hair loss is quite common and the scalp should be monitored even before noticeable signs of thinning begin. As with most health-related concerns, early detection of hair loss is the best route to improving treatment effectiveness, preventing further problems, and stimulating optimal reversal conditions. Also, because your hair is an indicator of your overall health, early detection of hair loss may actually help detect underlying health issues.
Hair loss treatment is our specialty at LH Hair, but our job - and your happiness - is easier to achieve with a little preventative attention to detail. Monitoring for hair loss could very well lead to early detection and a quicker turnaround, leading you to happy, healthy hair. Below, we'll delve into the early detection of hair loss so you - our customers - know exactly what to look for, what to expect, and what to do should you notice a significant change in the fullness of your hair.
Early Detection Leads to Prevention
As we already mentioned, hair loss is much like any other health concern. Though it is not life-threatening, it is an indicator for well-being, and early detection can prevent the issue from progressing and potentially unmask hidden health troubles. Detecting and treating hair loss before thinning or patchiness becomes noticeable can slow and reverse the process much quicker than would be achieved for patients whose hair loss has taken full effect.
Early detection does not mean you'll need to make extra doctor's appointments either. Self-examination is quite effective, allowing you to attune yourself to the state of your hair and scalp. Paying close attention to minor changes in fullness, shedding, or texture can make a big difference in catching the potential for hair loss.
What to Look For?
When monitoring your hair and scalp it's important to know what you're looking for. Here are a few of the most common indicators that an unwanted change may be occurring within your hair follicles.
- Changes in hair texture
- Diminished shine
- Excessive shedding (more than 50-100 hairs per day)
- Decreased volume
- Receding hairline
- Noticeable widening of your part
Also, keep in mind whether you have any risk factors that have the potential to contribute to hair loss. These include:
- Family history of hair loss
- Poor diet
- High stress
- Medications that may cause hair loss as a side effect
With these early indicators in mind, you can easily self-monitor the situation on your scalp. Beyond self-diagnosis, of course, there are plenty of reliable options for diagnosing hair loss and determining the causes. Blood tests and biopsies are common evaluation tools, but there are also newer methods which quickly and painlessly measure the health and density of your hair on any given point on your head. If you suspect that the changes you have charted are related to hair loss, see your doctor for confirmation and further analysis.
Thankfully, hair loss is completely treatable at any stage, with a wide-range of treatment options available for varying degrees of hair loss. Both surgical and non-surgical hair treatments exist and have been used with great success by many patients experiencing hair loss. Occasionally, multi-treatment options provide the best results, given that everybody experiences hair loss a little differently.
At LH Hair, we provide hair loss solutions for both men and women, and pride ourselves on delivering high-quality service and results. If you would like to learn more or schedule a consultation, please contact us! And don't forget to mention our exclusive offer for 20% off your first session.