It’s very important to look at the difference between hair shedding and hair thinning. A lot of people come in to see us sometimes confuse the two so where their experience in excessive hair
loss, they may then feel that their hair is becoming thinner. But looking at density changes per square
centimetre, the classes of hair could still be very good. When you’re examining someone to see if there’s actually hair thinning evident, we would look at the density changes from the top frontal region, to the crown, and to the nape of the neck. With female pattern hair loss or male pattern hair loss, there are distinctive patterns that you need to look at. With females, they’ll keep their hair line
intact changes will occur behind the hair line. Even with males, they would see that there some possible receding on the temple areas as well as some changes on the crown. With these changes, it isn’t necessarily done to hormone imbalance. It’s more a sensitivity to the normal androgen circulating around the hair follicle which is causing that miniaturization changing the diameter of the hair. In relation to hair shedding, what we would be looking at particularly for a female is if they have lots of short tapered hairs throughout. Again it’s important to look out what’s new
growth and what’s breakage. With the new growth, you’ll tend to see that the new hairs are pointy at the ends and with breakage, they tend to be dry and blunt as well.