Question: how do you tell if your hair follicles have completely died or they are alive?
Hi, Esmail. When your hair follicles have died or become inactive the skin on the scalp takes on a smooth, shiny appearance. This indicates that hair loss has progressed to the stage of true baldness.
Whether or not your follicles have died or not is harder to determine accurately by yourself than you might think. As such, we would generally recommend you take professional advice from a hair loss specialist.
The reason for this is that, obviously the top of your head - the area affected by Male Pattern Hair Loss - is difficult to see properly and lights shining onto your head coupled with a poor angle, or the flash of a camera, could give false results. Even if the follicles are badly damaged, they may still be alive and a clear view is necessary to determine their precise condition.
Some men, such as the Belgravia client, Tom, pictured here, may think they have areas which are truly bald but, as the hair follicles have not actually died off completely, they have seen fantastic regrowth from their hair loss treatments. You can see many other similar examples in our Male Pattern Hair Loss Success Stories by setting the 'Level of Hair Loss (before treatment)' filter to 'Severe'.
If you would like to be sure as to what state your follicles are in and don't want to visit a hair loss clinic (or complete an Online Consultation) it may be beneficial to ask a friend to see if they can see even small hairs growing in the areas you are concerned about.
The Belgravia Centre is a world-renowned group of a hair loss clinic in Central London, UK. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation from anywhere in the world for home-use treatment.
View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world's largest gallery of hair growth photos and demonstrates the level of success that so many of Belgravia's patients achieve.