You’ve got your curly hair rocking but suddenly start thinking about going bald. You see your scalp when parting the hair, you can even see your scalp under bright light. What’s going on? Are you going bald or is this normal? Rogelio answers this very much in today’s featured article!
Curly Hair Balding – Ask Rogelio
Hi Rogelio. Your hair is AWESOME. I’m growing out my hair to Shoulder length (right now I’m 5inches, starting to hang down – Awkwaard stage), I have a mix of Type I(very top) and Type II (hairline and sides). Do you think is normal for thin haired people (low density) to show scalp when parting hair? If it’s true, how much scalp have to be shown to have “thinning hair” or early stages of baldness? Under very bright light I can see my scalp and it’s driving me crazy, long hair has been my dream since I was little (I’m 18 yrs old) and hairloss wasn’t in my plans :( … I don’t know if I should keep going, or I’m just suffering from paranoia… I’d love to hear your opinion :D … Btw, sorry for my english, it’s not my first language.
Saludos desde Venezuela \o/
I get a lot of questions asked daily and sometimes I missed one or two. Your post is from a week ago and I’m always up for helping my fellow curly comrades (and non-curly comrades too, and, of course, the curly comradettes, nom’sayin?). Anyhow…
Let me help you out.
You will find that the parting line of the head shows some scalp; depending on your hair density, you will show more or less scalp; the actual thickness of the line is genetic and depends on how many hair follicles you have in a given square centimeter. In the early stages of male pattern baldness (aka MPB), the hair on the center of the head still retains density; if you were to be balding (i.e. suffering from MPB) you would show a lot of forehead recession with a thick asymmetric parted line. What I’m trying to say is, if you have a decent forehead hairline with no recession, you are 99% NOT balding and that line when parted is part of your scalp and your natural hair. The one exclusion would be if you suffer from diffuse pattern alopecia, which is a rare male hair loss condition where hair is lost all around the scalp at the same time and with no marked hairline recession; diffuse pattern alopecia is a rare condition although I interviewed a hair-transplant patient who did, in fact, have diffuse pattern alopecia (click the link to see interview). But, like I say, it is a rare hair-loss condition and male pattern baldness is the most common hair-loss condition in men.
Going back to the width of the parted line; as a matter of fact, the thickness of the parted hair line is used when measuring women’s hair loss, as the balding that women suffer is spread out on the top of the scalp without much hairline recession. Ergo, let’s use the Savin Scale, which is a scale to measure the progression of the parted line’s width. See below:
Since you are from Venezuela, I will use centimeters: up to one centimeter of thickness (i.e. width) is fine, and even more width can be fine too depending on your head size and genetically-determined hair density. Measure the thickness of the line and feel free to let me know. As you can see in the above diagram depicting the width of the parted line, the progression follows a predictable pattern, and, with no sign of baldness, the parted line on the scalp will always be fairly visible depending on your hair density. Following the Savin Scale above, up to a I-3 is fine; contrast that with your own parted line and measure the width of your own line. In any case, do consult a dermatologist if the line gets any wider or if you are truly worried about going bald and want the advice of a medical professional.
Now, you also mention seeing your scalp under very bright light: dude, it happens to me too and there’s nothing to worry about. The scalp reflects the light and thus you see through the hair strands. I have the wildest bushy curls and I can see my scalp if I use a very bright light; in fact, I almost sh*t my pants the first time I saw my scalp like that. That was some 4 years ago and I still have my wild curly hair creature on top of my head.
It’ alive, it’s alive!!
…with long curly hair
In any case, here at Manly Curls and in my hair-care books I always suggest to take pictures of your forehead, side and top of the head every 3 MONTHS; that way you can track any balding and treat it. I have quite a few guys giving me feedback of this method that I suggested of tracking your scalp and the feedback is pretty good.
So there, worry not, my fellow comrade, your wild curls shall grow from their awkward stage and become so luscious that all those latina chicas will be jumping all over you.
Let me know how it goes, Jesus; you’ve got a friend here.