There is no known test that can specifically identify whether you are going through the stages of male pattern baldness except the visual symptoms. You can can tested to see if your testosterone levels are low as this can present itself in the form of hair loss. Apart from having an illness that causes your hair to fall out there is no specific blood test or otherwise to declare you are just about to, or are in the stages of pattern baldness.
The first time you will start to notice it is in the mirror. You can also notice a lot more hair than usual is being cast off as you take a shower or bath. You may also notice there is a lot of hair being left behind on the brush as well. If the hair loss appears suddenly you should go and see your doctor as it may be temporary or may also be the sign of diabetes or gluten intolerance.
Hair loss in a man usually happens in stages. It can start at the temples leaving you with a little bit on hair at the top of the forehead. It can then pattern itself at the back of the heap leaving you an oval shaped monk’s peak. It can also happen at the top of the head leaving you what is called a widows peak. Here’s a list of the signs and symptoms of male pattern baldness.
Shave, Wig Or Seek Treatment
There are numerous ways to treat male pattern baldness. You can adopt a comical comb over if you can grow enough length on the adjoining hair strands. But this idea soon becomes puckered if the hair loss spreads aggressively. Most people unwittingly adopt this procedure as they naturally try to style their hair in a way that hides slightly small blemishes in an otherwise full hairline.
But as the years go buy parting your hair becomes harder to cover up bald spots, especially if it happens at the rear or at both sides of the temple. You have numerous choices, shave it all off, wear a wig, or buy a transplant. All have various comedic and financial implications. Lets look at the first suggestion.
- Shave it off
Not everyone looks good with a shaved head. if you are timid you may not like this approach. Plus it requires a lot of maintenance if you have patches of hair still growing.
- Buy a wig/hairpiece
Can be embarrassing, as if people see you one day without hair and the next with, everyone knows it’s a hairpiece. Plus they are easy to spot anyway. Can be a lot of hard work and expense finding the right one, not to mention the embarrassment if any mishap occurs. A gust of wind perhaps….
- Pay for a transplant
This is the most extreme suggestion and can be painful during recovery. It can cost thousands plus you may need repeat treatment. It’s important to do lots of research and have thorough consultations before you pursue this approach.