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Our hair is an incredibly important part of our physical appearance – affecting how we look and feel about ourselves. This is why noticing a loss of hair or even being self-conscious about whether your hair is thinning can have a dramatic effect on your self-esteem and self-confidence.

In most cases the noticeable effects of hair loss happens gradually, unless you’re experiencing hair loss or baldness due to illness, stress or other health related conditions or even extreme chemical use.

However, the most common cause of hair loss is male pattern baldness that is a hereditary condition passed down genetically and affects up to 50% of the male population by the age of 50. With male pattern baldness, the process of hair loss is gradual and can begin as early as late teens and continue over a long period of time. This means that in many instances the loss of hair isn’t always noticeable in the early stages, but seeking treatment for the hair loss at the right time is paramount to retaining a full head of hair or at least minimising the effects of hair loss.

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If you’re at all concerned about hair loss, it’s always a good idea to be aware of the condition of your hair, particularly if you have a family history of male pattern baldness. Simply being aware of the genetic condition or other factors that can cause hair loss such as stress or chemicals, will help you to spot the early signs of hair loss, allowing you a greater potential to seek treatment to have a successful hair transplant.

This doesn’t mean you have to be paranoid and continuously examining your hairline or crown of your head in the mirror; but watching out for any noticeable signs of thinning or excessive hair loss when washing or brushing hair can make sure you spot the hair loss sooner.

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This brings us onto another point – what constitutes as normal hair loss? The hair growth cycle naturally causes us to shed hairs daily, which in normal circumstances can be up to 100 hairs per day. Although this sounds like a lot of hair, it is a very small percentage when you consider the average head has 100,000 hairs.

Naturally, the amount of hair loss will vary depending on the individual, but if you do begin to notice more hair coming out in the shower, on your hairbrush or any other obvious signs of hair thinning or bald patches it is most likely an indication of hair loss.

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If these symptoms sound familiar, then it’s time to stop feeling paranoid and see it as perfect timing to seek professional advice. Getting advice and treatment early will greatly increase your chances of a successful hair transplant and regaining a full head of hair.

With major advances in hair loss treatments, such as FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) , accepting your fate as a bald man is now no longer the only option.

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