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Why Is My Hair So Thin?

Medically reviewed by Dr Knut Moe,
Sons Medical Director

"In my experience, the treatments on offer with Sons include the most effective medical treaments available to treat male pattern hair loss."

29 March 2022
2-minute read

Why Is My Hair So Thin? 

Male pattern hair loss affects most men at some stage in their lives, so you may not be a stranger to thinning hair. Regardless, there’s no need to put up with it if it is bothering you. Noticing the early signs will aid your hair loss treatment plan in the long run. To help you spot whether your hair is thinning, here are some things you should look out for. 

Receding hairline 

Perhaps the most obvious way to tell if your hair is thinning is if you have a receding hairline. Although the signs will be small at first, a receding hairline can sneak up on you alarmingly quickly. To begin with, you’ll probably notice that your hair is lighter around your forehead and temples and there may be more scalp visible than usual. Hairs undergo a process called miniaturisation during male pattern hair loss, where the quality of hair changes and becomes thinner and less healthy looking before the follicles die off. This process can vary greatly between people in terms of pattern and rate of hair loss so it can be hard to tell sometimes. If you’re concerned about hair loss, it’s important to act early as it’s easier to maintain the hair that you have rather than regain lost hair.

One easy way of keeping on top of things is to take a picture of your hairline every month. This will allow you to spot any signs of recession and take action if required. You can also check in with the Norwood Scale to monitor how your hair loss is developing. 

Your hair is starting to fall out 

Noticing hairs on your pillow or in the shower drain can be a distressing experience for lots of men. However, it’s common for men to shed between 50 and 100 hairs every day, something that is perfectly normal and not related to male pattern hair loss. On the other hand, excessive hair loss is a sign that your hair is thinning out, and if it continues over a period of time, it’s best to act before it’s too late. 

You experience sunburn on your scalp 

If you’re blessed with a thick head of hair, you’re much less likely to suffer from sunburn. But when your hair starts to thin out, you mayl find that your scalp is more susceptible to sunburn. Providing you aren’t spending a lot more time outdoors than usual, sunburn on the scalp is another potential sign that things are thinning out up there. Therefore, always wear sun cream and opt for a hat to offer your scalp that extra bit of protection from the sun’s rays. 

If any of these signs are familiar to you - don’t panic. Our collection of hair loss treatments cover all areas of the Norwood Scale and consist of scientifically-backed medications, such as Minoxidil, to treat hair loss. Our friendly team is waiting to help you book your first consultation today.