Anyone losing hair can be prone to anxiety. The first thing they want is to DO something for it.
Its not about whether the treatment is going to help or not. Its more about feeling that one is actively doing something for his hairloss.
This is an innate human characteristic and many “snake oil dealers” and unethical practitioners try to cash on this.
Do not rush into any treatment.
So, what to do as the first step?!
Whether you are 20, 40 or 60 years of age, the first thing for you to do is to write down the following things. (This is what we ask from our patients too).
What is your current age?
What is the extent of hairloss male members on both sides of your family experienced? (Does not matter what age, they reached that level of hairloss).
What is the current speed of your hairfall? (slow, moderate or rapid).
Have you taken some good clear pictures of the extent of your hairloss? Most people do not like taking pictures that show them in unflattering light. However, pictures are important. Both for your future doctor as well as for you to gauge your speed of hairloss.
Take clear pictures, preferably with a good digital camera. Do not use flash while taking the pictures. Flash distorts the picture and it becomes difficult to evaluate the real situation.
Take pictures in indirect natural daylight. You may take them standing in the balcony or near an open window on a bright sunny day.
Take pictures with the hair combed back (no combovers, this has to be your moment of truth with yourself). Front view and side view must include till atleast the eyebrows.
The top view must include the complete head (both ears included).
Back view and a view of the donor area of the scalp with the hair parted.
These pictures are your baseline.
Now repeat the same exercise at regular intervals. 2 months will be fine.
Whenever you have to gauge your speed of hairfall, or the benefit you recieved from any mediation, this photographic record will be beneficial.
Many people think that they can gauge their hairfall or restoration by just looking in the mirror. That is a mistaken notion.
Now that you have completed taking some pictures, repeat the entire exercise with you hair wet. (Not dripping wet, just a wet comb will be sufficient).
Have you consulted your family physician or an unbiased physician about the cause of your hairloss? Do so. They may not be very experienced or sympathetic but they will be able to rule out any major factors leading to your hairfall.
Hairloss need not always be a DHT influenced pattern hair loss.
Does anyone in your family or friend circle suffer from hairloss? If yes, talk to them about their experience. They have already travelled some of the paths that you plan to follow. Their experience may benefit you.
Once you have this list, you have reached the starting point of doing your own research on something that is bothering you.
This is your first active step.