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The Early Signs

When you begin to suspect hair loss, it can be hard to know if it’s the real thing or just a passing phase. Understanding the earliest signs of hereditary hair loss can help you analyze the situation.

HOW DO I TELL IF I’M SHEDDING MORE THAN NORMAL?

It’s likely that if you’re shedding more than normal, you’ve already noticed. Maybe you’ve paid attention to the hair that’s lost in the shower or while brushing your hair. Do you have to clean your brush more often? Do you have to secure an extra loop in your ponytail?  While these signs of increased shedding could indicate that you have a form of hair loss, the best way to know if you have hereditary hair loss is by looking at your pattern and family history. Does the hair on the crown of your head appear particularly meager? Also, do you have family history of hair thinning? If so, it’s entirely possible you’re experiencing genetic hair loss. 

PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR PART

Many women speak of their hair part as being one of the first things that changed while in the early stages of hair loss. If your part has begun to widen, and there doesn’t seem to be a way to cover it the way you used to, you may want to take note. This is in direct contrast to men who tend to have receding hairlines and baldness around their crown.

NOTE YOUR FAMILY HISTORY

Female pattern hair loss is genetic, so your first step should be to look to other family members to see if their hair has thinned. However, just because your mother and sisters complain of hair loss, it doesn’t mean that you necessarily will. On the flipside, if you’re experiencing rapid hair thinning and have no family history of hair loss it would be best to check with your doctor to help understand what could be causing it.