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How to Spot Androgenic Alopecia

Androgenic alopecia is a condition that affects both men and women, and the cause is believed to be genetically linked. Also known as male or female pattern hair loss, androgenic alopecia is unavoidable, and there is no known cure to completely stop the hair from falling out. The unfortunate truth is that many people find the condition impacts their self-esteem. However, knowledge is power, and catching the symptoms early can help you reduce the negative side-effects by starting treatment early. So how can you spot androgenic alopecia?

The Difference in Quality of Hair

Androgenetic alopecia gradually develops over time, and most people will notice a change in the quality of their hair as the condition presents itself. You may notice hair on the head transition from long, thick strands with robust coloration to become thinner and shorter, with the natural color fading. Eventually, the hairs will become frail and wispy, with almost no coloration, until they fall out. Because we often see ourselves in the mirror every day, a good way to compare the quality of hair over time is through photographs.

Thinning of Hair in Women

Women who suffer from androgenic alopecia usually do not experience a receding hairline. Instead, their hair loss is primarily located on the crown of the head and is more of a gradual thinning than a noticeable patch of baldness.

Receding Hairline in Men

The first thing men with androgenic alopecia notice is a receding frontal hairline and thinning on the front-sides of the head. Gradually, the hairline will develop into an “M” shape and then make a “U” pattern of baldness on top of the head.

Shedding Hair

One of the most revealing symptoms for men and women is noticing a lot more hair in your comb, on your pillow, in your bathroom, and on your clothes. People typically shed a small amount of hair daily, but shedding copious amounts of hair at one time is considered a sign of androgenic alopecia.

What Can You Do?

Hairline Ink is a team of experts who specialize in 3D scalp micropigmentation, an effective way to conceal androgenic alopecia for men and women. If you have any questions about how this process works or are interested in learning more about this increasingly popular treatment, call us today at (585) 250-0835!

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