There are not many feelings worse than realizing you are starting to lose your hair. It can be extremely stressful, anxiety evoking, saddening, and more, it is a very emotionally overwhelming experience.
Unfortunately, sometimes people are so overwhelmed that they might not be making the most rational decisions. This is totally understandable, but what these newcomers to hair loss may not realize is that the decisions that you make early on are extremely important and need to be well thought out and planned, not impulsive.
I want to help newcomers avoid some of the mistakes I, and countless others have made when first dealing with hair loss. This article is essentially going to be a guide for someone who is new to hair loss. I will detail every process that you should go through in order to avoid making emotionally-driven decisions that could cost you more hair.
These are the steps that someone who is new to experiencing hair loss should take.
See a doctor
Seems obvious, right?
As you get further along in the hair loss process and learn more about it you will be able to make well-informed decisions, but at the beginning, there is a good chance (unless you happen to be a trichologist) that you don’t know much about the different types of hair loss and what to look for. This is why you should go see a doctor.
There are many different types of hair loss from stress-induced hair loss, androgenic alopecia, alopecia areata, and more, all of which require different treatment methods. One of the worst things that you can do, especially if you have pattern hair loss, is misdiagnose yourself and use treatments that will not be effective.
Not only will this cost you hair that you may not be able to regrow later, but there could also be adverse side effects from the treatments that you use, all of which your doctor will be able to tell you about and make sure you will not have a reaction.
Go to a professional, get a diagnosis, and go from there.
Use a DHT blocker
(Note: for the rest of the article we are going to be talking about what you should do if you have androgenic alopecia. There are different steps you will need to take if you are diagnosed with a differe