Question: how do you tell if your hair follicles have completely died or they are alive?
Answer: 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
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.