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Hair Loss Myths

Hair Loss Myth: Those With Thick Heads of Hair Are Immune to Experiencing Hair Loss

Question:

I'm 23 years old and I've always had very thick hair, so thick that it has been unbearable. I've always had to thin it out with a special scissor. I can't quite recall how my hair around the temples has been but I seem to experiencing some hair loss and a receding hairline. I'm not sure if my hair is getting suddenly thinner or if I'm just imagining it. I don't lose a lot of hair when I shower. My older brother and my mother has also got a widows peak so is it possible that I'm just following in their pattern? And if it is the case that I'm suffering from hair loss and losing all my hair, does it happen fast? Thanks.

Answer:

Hair loss isn't discriminatory to those with a certain type of hair.  Once having a thick head of hair myself, I remember thinking that there was no way that I would ever go bald.  Of course, my mother reinforced this hair loss myth by telling me the same thing.

Genetic hair loss typically doesn't occur by rapid hair loss or hair shedding in the shower.  Instead, hereditary hair loss is a progressive and gradual process.  I can't tell you with certainty that you are losing hair, but my guess is, if you suspect it is getting thinner and/or your hairline is receding, it very well might be.

That being said, in order to confirm this, I'd recommend consulting with a dermatologist or hair restoration physician who will be able to run some tests and use magnification to determine whether or not you are experiencing hair miniaturization which leads to hair loss.

I hope this helps.

Bill Seemiller - Managing Publisher