Knowingly or unknowingly, all of us have this thing we do in front of the mirror where we move the hair around our scalp to be on the lookout for bald spots. You know your anxiety peaks every time you do that and see more scalp instead of hair but you do it anyway. While it feels like you are inviting more stress and anxiety by checking for bald spots every day, it is also important to be on the lookout for signs of balding so that you can get on with damage control before there is permanent damage.
Sure, there are many products like bald spot covering powders, pigmented sprays, hair extensions and more that provide temporary relief but you know that these temporary solutions are to fool others and not you. Instead of stocking up on these short-term hacks, let us focus on identifying the first sign of balding and stopping it there.
What Is Balding?
Taking a step further from hair loss, when you notice an excess of it, chances are, you are balding. Simply put, when you have more hair loss than hair growth, you experience balding. Permanent hair loss from the scalp, also known as androgenetic alopecia, is a common form of hair loss leading to baldness found in both men and women.
In men, the hair loss is focused on the temples and the crown of the head. It can spread to the rest of the scalp as well. However, in women, it is usually not seen in a particular part of the scalp. Instead, hair thinning is seen overall, with no receding hairline.
Causes of Balding
- Hormonal changes
- Traction alopecia
- Autoimmune diseases like alopecia areata
- Other medical conditions
Other issues like using harsh products, brushing wet hair, heat styling, salon treatments, etc can cause hair loss but will not lead to permanent baldness.
Balding is one of those conditions that are often irreversible unless the symptoms are identified at the earliest. Hence, identifying the early signs of balding is key!
Early Signs Of Balding
Baldness occurs in stages, which means recognising it in the early stages gives you a chance at reversing it. However, identifying it also doesn’t come easy. The signs of regular hair loss and baldness are similar to each other. However, here are a bunch of signs that you need to keep an eye on as they are exclusive to baldness.
Receding hairline: This is the most evident first sign of balding that is seen mostly in men. Usually, a receding hairline is mostly seen in older people but it can even be seen in teenagers in rare cases. The receding hairline starts in the temples or the crown. You could take pictures of your crown/temples every month and compare them to see if there is any difference.
Hair thinning: In women, there is rarely a receding hairline. Instead, it is more of a gradual thinning of hair, making the scalp more and more visible. A good way to identify this is to see how your hair ties fit when you tie your hair up in a ponytail. Using a good hair tie that does not lose its elasticity, see the number of times you need to wrap it around the hair for a tight ponytail. Over time, see if this number increases, suggesting that your hair has become thinner.
A wider part: Most of us have the habit of parting our hair every day at the same spot. When you have thick hair, the scalp where you part will barely be seen. However, with excess hair fall, you will see a wider part. This is an easy way of identifying signs of balding in women.
Hair falling out in clumps: If you are losing 50-100 strands a day, that is not a sign of balding. 50-100 strands a day is the normal amount of hair loss on an average human. However, if you see clumps of hair fall out when you brush it or in the shower drain, it may be a sign of balding.
Bald spots: If you notice balding in certain parts of your scalp in a circle shape it might be because of an autoimmune disease called alopecia. This condition makes your immune system attack your hair follicles, resulting in bald spots. It can also be seen on other parts of the body with hair.
Knowing these signs may help you recognise a balding pattern in you. This will in turn allow you to take preventive measures before any permanent damage is caused. So what are the things you can do to avoid balding?
How To Avoid Balding?
Consult a doctor: If you see any of these signs of balding, it is important to consult a professional. A dermatologist or trichologist will be able to find the root cause of your excess hair fall and diagnose the condition accurately. Since treatment for balding depends on the kind of balding and its cause, it is always best to get professional advice.
Medications: Certain medications induce hair growth or alter the hormones of a person to suit hair growth. These medicines should only be taken under the advice of a doctor.
Natural treatments: At the early stages and even as a preventive measure, it is always helpful to include natural oils or oils made out of beneficial Ayurvedic ingredients. Ayurvedic ingredients like Brahmi, Hibiscus, Aloe Vera, tea tree extract, etc are proven to help the hair follicles. Hair oil for dandruff and hair fall has a combination of ingredients that give your hair the nutrients it requires to fight balding. You can also make hair oil for hair fall at home using ayurvedic ingredients easily found at home.
Oil massage: Hot oil massage for hair growth is highly beneficial for inducing hair growth and reducing excess hair fall. Heat your Ayurvedic oil to 65 degrees and gently massage your scalp for 15-20 minutes. This will also help alleviate stress and increase hair growth.
While it is important to protect your hair using organic hair oil before or after seeing the first sign of balding, it is also important to use the right kind of product for you. Tru Hair’s Ayurvedic organic hair oil has the goodness of rare herbs that help in reducing hair fall and increase hair growth. It also comes with a Tru Heater that allows you to warm the oil for up to 65 degrees in under four minutes, allowing you to enjoy a hassle-free hot oil massage for hair growth at home. All Tru Hair products are free from silicone, parabens, and other harsh chemicals as well. Treat the early signs of balding using effective Ayurvedic oil from Tru Hair, today!
Dr. Tambe (Ayurvedic Practioner)
Dr. Tambe is an Ayurvedic Consultant, practicing in Satara City, Maharashtra for the last 45 years.He comes from a long line of Ayurvedic doctors. His grandfather and father were both Vaidyas, therefore he wanted to continue the family legacy.This year, his family will celebrate 100 years of Ayurvedic service.