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What is diffuse thinning?

What is diffuse thinning?
09 December 2019
2-minute read

This article has been medically verified by Dr. Knut Moe - Medical Director at Sons


Diffuse thinning is a condition which affects many people and can happen at any age to either gender. This is a treatable condition that causes your hair to thin in various places on your head. Here’s our complete guide to diffuse thinning.


What is Diffuse Thinning? 

Diffuse thinning is a condition which causes a fairly even amount of hair thinning across the scalp. Although this condition can make the hair look thinner (almost bald in some places) it is a temporary condition. Diffuse thinning usually lasts no more than six months and it can be aided with different treatments, for example a DHT blocking shampoo.


What causes it?

Hair loss naturally occurs in cycles - your hair falls out and new hair grows in its place. When you experience diffuse thinning, your hair loss increases and your hair growth decreases which causes a thinned appearance on your head. For men, this is usually due to DHT - a hormone that shrinks hair follicles and causes pronounced hair loss. 


What are the signs? 

Many men notice signs of diffuse thinning when they recognise an increased amount of hair on their pillow or in their shower drain. This is a clear sign of the increased hair loss that diffuse thinning causes. However, it is also possible to notice signs of general thinning before it has reached this point. This can include a thin-feeling to your hair or an impact on your natural hairline. Whilst this might seem to be a harmless and slow process,  it will have a progressive effect on the way your hair looks. 


How to reverse diffuse thinning

Thankfully, diffuse thinning is not a permanent condition and it can be treated easily with medication. Minoxidil, Finasteride and other DHT blocking agents in shampoo form are the three most popular options. This approach is considered to be the gold standard for the treatment of many hair conditions. It is best to apply a complete hair treatment as soon as possible - the earlier you react to these signs, the more likely you are to keep a fuller head of hair.

At Sons, we like to tailor your treatment to you. This all starts with an online consultation. We then build up an individual profile and tailor your treatment plan specifically to you. Why not see what we’re all about and take our free consultation today.

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