As one starts paying more attention to one’s curls, it is easy to start noticing hair everywhere, most commonly on the pillow and bathtub. Once this becomes a more common sight, it is easy for the “OH MY GOD I’M BALDING” alarm to go off and make a whole drama out of it. Most of the time, however, the culprit is in fact the natural process of shedding hair, a benign and completely normal process which yields the loss of anywhere from 50 to 100 hairs from the scalp per day! The question is, how do you tell whether you are merely shedding hair or starting to bald? At Manly Curls we want you to avoid the drama and associated hypochondriac googling, so below you may find a quick checklist to make sure you are not on your way to eventually never stepping a foot inside a barbershop again.
Your hairline hasn’t receded a bit
This is a big one and pretty much tells straightaway whether you are on the MPB track or not. Male Pattern baldness is characterized by the receding of the hairline. Your best way to check if MPB has hit you? Check pictures of yourself from 3, 6 and 12 months ago. Specifically look for the area on top of the temples. Has it gone back noticeably? If yes, MPB is in progress and your new girlfriend is called Minoxidil although you can also caller her Rogaine (her hot dangerous sister is called Finasteride too). Make sure to check my MPB article for more info on balding.
MPB shows a predictable area recession (not time, though) so keep an eye on your hairline at all times!
Do understand that hairline recession does not follow a predictable timescale hence I recommend you to start keeping a record of pictures depicting your hairline, especially if MPB runs in your family and you are over the age of 21. These pictures will be invaluable when it comes to assessing any receding that may be occurring.
You only find hair on the pillow or bath tub
Shed hair tends to fall when rubbed and bedtime as well as “shower time” is when your hair is exposed to most daily friction. Thus, if you find shed hairs only on the pillow or bathtub do not be concerned, it is perfectly normal. Now, if you start finding hairs elsewhere, such as on the floor or desk, you should then start paying more attention as to how your hairline is faring over time.
You are on medication that can induce hair loss
I have gone through a list of medications known to have the side effect of inducing hair loss. Click here for it and, while being on any of these medications will very likely be the cause of your concerns, it is best to still keep an eye on the hairline so as to rule out the medication-induced hairloss from disguising true MPB.
You have grown your curls
Many times I have dudes telling me about seeing more hairs in the bathtub, freaking the heck out and running to the internet to buy the latest hairloss snake oil. These same dudes have decided to grow their hair longer and have obviated a simple observation: that longer hair means more visible hair! I made this same mistake when I decided to grow my curls into the longer lengths and I remember my heart almost popping out of my mouth to initiate a break-dance on the floor the first time I noticed the pile of shed hairs collected in the tub drain. Truth is, if your hair is normally an inch long and you grow it to 3 inches, you have, right there, 3 times more of the material to see! Still, keep an eye on that hairline.
You are not grooming your hair properly
When curls are not groomed, they tend to shed and get trapped somewhere on the mane of curls. Curly hair is special in that anything can get trapped on it, included curly hair itself. Groom your curls daily with your fingers using some leave-in conditioner or other grooming product and make sure not to pull them too much when grooming. Bear in mind that you will find detached hairs on your fingers as you groom through and about, which is perfectly acceptable.
All the best gents,