The other day I received an email from someone saying that they had noticed a lot of thinning of the hair in the area of her bangs, so much so that you could see the white part of her scalp where her bangs met the top of her head. She asked me what could be causing this and what should I do about it. I’ll tell you what I told him in the following article.
Things that can make your hair thin in the front: The first thing I asked him was if he had noticed any increase in the amount of hair that was falling or losing. Since bangs are usually sparser to begin with, this can be one of the first places you notice mostly thinning or shedding. And telogen effluvium (TE) is a condition that occurs due to changes in your body. In women, the common culprits are hormonal changes, stress, pregnancy, childbirth, stopping birth control pills, thyroid problems, and other things. Usually it takes a couple of months between stress or change in your body until you start to notice more hair coming out. Like I said, the bangs is a place where you will start to see thinning first, as this area has less hair to begin with. If you have this condition, you will often know it because you will lose hair everywhere, not just in the front. And you will see more clothes on the floor, on your clothes and on your brush.
Genetic thinning of the hair in the front: Genetic thinning in men will often manifest itself at the temples when it comes to the front of the scalp. However, women often notice thinning in the bangs area. This is also due to hormones, but it is often not a lack of hormones or even an excess of hormones. It is a sensitivity to the normal presence of hormones that increase as we age. It doesn’t happen to everyone. Generally speaking, you will have a genetic tendency towards this sensitivity and the front of the scalp (as well as the crown, temples, and partial line) are particularly susceptible to this.
What you can do about the thinning in the front: First of all, you need to identify why this is happening. If it is an ordinary ET, then generally what you have to give is only time in cases like giving birth or stress. However, if this is due to a medical or other condition that you can treat and improve, you need to do so for sure. This is important because this condition is unlikely to improve if it is not treated or the correct cause is not treated.
If it is a genetic problem that we are talking about, then you will have to work to reduce your sensitivity to androgens, which are the cornerstone of this problem. Many people will try to remove its presence from the scalp, but this is really impossible. Your scalp will continue to produce them and as long as the sensitivity is there, you will continue to have the problem. It is much better to work both to reduce them (if your levels are too high to be healthy) and to reduce sensitivity.
Also, you’ll want to take a look and then reduce any inflammation. The inflammatory process is often present in both ET and androgen-driven loss. There are many natural substances that work well for this. (Tea tree oil, emu oil, lavender, etc.) Finally, you will want to really focus on stimulating your scalp to reproduce healthy hair in that area. Once the androgens are being treated, you should take advantage of this window of opportunity to stimulate the follicles because the longer they are not producing adequate regrowth, the more difficult it will be to reactivate this process.
Meanwhile, there are powders that can cover the white part of your scalp like topik and cover. They help. And you can try growing your bangs so that the area where the scalp meets the bangs is not so noticeable. But, these things will only get you so far. Eventually, you will need to take the next step and find out what is causing this and fix it.