Signs of Balding: How to Stop Hair Loss
Updated: Sep 22
Our hair is something many of us take for granted. That is, until we start noticing more strands are going down the drain.
In many cases, losing hair is perfectly healthy. Most adults lose between 50 and 100 hairs every single day. But, there does come a point when hair loss becomes excessive and it could be a sign of balding.
How do you know if you’re dealing with normal hair shedding or balding, and is there anything you can do to stop hair loss?
Early Signs of Balding
The earlier you catch the signs of balding, the earlier you can treat it, and the less hair loss you will experience.
Keep your eye open for signs of balding that include:
Thinning hair: It usually starts at the temples or the crown of the head. Instead of looking completely bald, these areas still have hair, but you can easily see the scalp beneath.
Receding hairline: This symptom is usually hereditary. It isn't uncommon for men in their 20's and 30's to have receded hairlines. Women who are going through menopause may also experience this symptom.
Hair comes out in clumps: Losing individual hairs a few hairs at a time is normal. If it's coming out in clumps, it could be due to hereditary balding.
Preventing Further Hair Loss
There are things you can do to help prevent the loss of more hair, or at least slow down the loss of new hair. A diet that includes healthy proteins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and plenty of fruits and vegetables can ensure your body has the right nutrients to continue growing new hairs.
Some vitamins can help too:
Tips for Regrowing Your Hair
There are at-home treatments you can try if you want to regrow at least some of your hair. A few things you can massage into your scalp include:
Supplements can be helpful as well. You can try things like fish oil and ginseng. A supplement called Viviscal is also an option. Its ingredients include shark and mollusk powder, organic silica, and vitamin C that can help regenerate new cells and strengthen existing cells.
Medical based treatments and therapies are available as well. They include things like hair transplants and laser therapy.
Discover the Cause of Your Baldness
It helps to know what’s causing your baldness so you can choose the treatment that’s right for you.
For example, alopecia is an autoimmune disorder that causes bald spots. In this case, a doctor may prescribe corticosteroids to suppress the immune system so your hair can grow.
If you're losing hair all over your body, it could be due to a thyroid condition, an adrenal gland disorder, or diabetes, which all require different approaches to growing your hair back.
It is important to talk to a doctor to get to the bottom of your baldness symptoms. Hop on a telehealth visit and speak with a licensed medical provider. They can provide you with a diagnosis, potentially write a prescription, and provide you with treatment options that are based on the cause of your condition.