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Is my hair thinning?

How to Tell If Your Hair Is Thinning

Nobody wants to lose their hair and for many men and women the thought of their hair thinning is terrifying. There are treatments for thinning hair but you need to know if your hair is actually thinning before you invest in them. There are a variety of ways you can check to see if your hair is thinning in the comfort of your own home.

  • Inspect your comb or hairbrush after each brushing to see how much hair remains in the teeth of the comb or brush. It’s normal for a few strands of hair to stick, and the more hair you have, the more will remain. However, if it seems like a lot of hair is stuck in your brush or comb or there are large clumps it is a sign that your hair is thinning.
  • Look at old photos when you are standing next to a mirror. It might seem like a ridiculously simple test but you should be able to tell if your hair is thinner than it used to be. If you have a different hairstyle than you did in the pictures try to recreate the hairstyle as much as possible.
  • Check your pillow in the morning when you wake up. If your hair is falling out or thinning you will likely notice more than one or two strands of hair on your pillow. It’s normal for a few hairs to fall out regularly, but clumps are irregular and indicate hair loss.
  • Inspect the drain in your shower, bathtub and sink for large amounts of hair on a daily basis. If you don’t check daily it might seem like an abnormal amount of hair is caught in your drain. It’s normal for a small amount of hair to fall out when you wash. If you only check once per week it might seem like a lot of hair even though it’s a perfectly normal amount.
  • Check for patches of thin hair by running your fingers through your hair at the base of the hair follicles in front of a mirror. Thin hair commonly occurs on the back portion of the top of the head. If you see more of your scalp there than other spots on your head your hair may be thinning.