Are you suffering from "invisible baldness"?Invisible baldness is another term for diffuse thinning where hair loss is general even across the scalp. Unlike other forms of hair loss it’s much less obvious as it tends to happen over time and there are none of the obvious bald spots that appear with androgenic alopecia or alopecia areata.

The 50% mark is the tipping point

The reason that it’s called invisible baldness is that it’s only when about 50% of the hair has been lost that it becomes obvious that the hair is thinning. There are ways to spot the problem before this stage but it does require actively monitoring things like changes in hair texture and weight that might be noticeable when tying up a pony tail for example. Another time to look for diffuse thinning is after showering or brushing. It’s quite normal to shed hundreds of hairs every day but if you start to notice larger clumps and it’s consistent then it might be time to seek some advice.

Scalp micropigmentation is a viable option

One of the best treatments for males and females suffering from diffuse thinning is the increasingly popular scalp micropigmentation (SMP). The procedure is carried out by a highly skilled trained practitioner, normally over two to three sessions where they will carefully create a layered look of real hair by injecting organic pigments into the scalp. The treatment is usually adopted by completely bald men to create a “sharp” buzz look which is indistinguishable from real hair (without the hassle of having to maintain it) but can be even more effective at disguising thinning hair. By removing the shine on the scalp and reducing the contrast in tones between skin and hair the results, at least from a visual perspective can be truly impressive. If you’ve got any concerns about hair loss then talk to your barber/hairdresser first. It’s a topic they’ll discuss with their clients on a daily basis. If they think you’ve got a problem they’ll more than likely recommend you talk to your GP or possibly a specialist hair loss clinic.

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