What signs should I look out for to know I’m losing my hair?
What are the signs of hair loss?
Our hair is in a constant cycle of growth and we typically lose 50 to 100 strands of hair a day. Women tend to notice increased hair shedding with more strands of hair than normal in the shower, on the pillow and in their hairbrush.
The progressive form of hair loss known as androgenetic alopecia affects women by causing diffuse hair thinning across the whole of the scalp but the frontal hairline is usually preserved which is why women often do not notice hair loss until further along.
Sudden patches of hair loss tend to be a sign of a condition known as alopecia areata. This is an autoimmune condition where the immune system attacks the hair follicles and usually presents as small, round patch of total hair loss although the progression of the disease is hard to predict; sometimes proving temporary and, in some sufferers, developing into total hair loss across the whole scalp and even body.