How To Differentiate Between Hair Thinning And Hair Loss?

Consulting the right Trichologist for the correct treatment/solution with the right diagnosis of time can prevent the problem.

Tavishi Dogra
Written by: Tavishi DograUpdated at: Feb 27, 2020 16:11 IST
How To Differentiate Between Hair Thinning And Hair Loss?

‘Thinning hair’ and ‘losing hair’ are often used together. Hair Thinning and Hair Loss are related to each other; however, their problems are completely different. Just like an annual health check-up, do mark in your calendar for a yearly tricho check-up. Following this simple exercise can turn up into great results for you and your hair. Regular check-ups can help you spot the signs of hair thinning and at the right time try to curb the problem professionally under medical supervision.

What is meant by Hair Thinning?

When hair shaft begins to grow thinner and finer which causes the hair growth cycle that is protuberant in both genders. Referred to as Male Pattern Thinning or Female Pattern Thinning, hair thinning happens in both, but the pattern in which the hair thins is different. It usually occurs on the crown or receding hairlines and later spreads towards thinning of the hair from the top. In the case of female pattern thinning, thinning is seen on top of the frontal region.

hair loss symptoms

Reason Behind hair loss?

  • Hair loss is mostly reversible if precautions are taken on time. Hair loss is when hair starts shedding from the root or when there is hair breakage from the scalp.
  • Hair loss leads to hair shaft abnormalities and eventually, it leads to androgenic alopecia. If hair thinning over some time progresses, it may even lead to baldness.

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Causes behind hair thinning?

Dr Apoorva Shah, Founder of RichFeel and Pioneer of Trichology in India shares some inputs on the most common and recognisable causes of hair thinning are as follows:

  • Hereditary/ Genetic causes
  • Nutritional and immune system deficiencies
  • Crash dieting leading to sudden weight loss
  • Emotional or physical stress
  • Lack of sleep
  • Unhealthy lifestyle
  • Hormonal imbalance and disorders like thyroid disorder, PCOD etc
  • Ageing (when predisposed to balding, genetically)
  • Use of steroids or other supplements to gain lean muscle mass
  • Unchecked self-medication
  • Prolonged use of steroids
  • Use of contraceptive drugs and any gynaecological ailments in women
  • Certain acute illnesses like typhoid, malaria, jaundice, TB generally aggravate the problem of hair thinning leading to hair loss.
hair loss

Hair thinning occurs gradually with ageing. It is necessary to be aware of the hair issues though it doesn’t always cause a problem. As you age, the cycle of the hair growth changes due to hormonal changes in the body. It is common to experience hair thinning and hair loss at the same time for women during menopause. Thinning could also get irreversible when it comes to permanent hair loss. It is important to look after the signs and prevent them at the earliest.

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Here are the symptoms and signs of hair thinning

hair thinning symptoms

  • Hair thinning all over (in women)
  • Receding hairline (in men)
  • Decreased density
  • Scanty hair
  • Decreased volume
  • Wider centre parting
  • Loss of hair on the scalp
  • Itchy, flaky scalp
  • Slow or lack of hair growth

(Inputs by Dr Apoorva Shah, Pioneer of Trichology in India and Founder of RichFeel)

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