I would like you to write a how to-guide on the topic “MINIATURIZATION”. I have a tool to zoom in on my scalp and hair. I was hoping to self-diagnose my miniaturization but I have no clue how to do it or what to look for. Please help!
Clip your hair to a pea size spot in different areas of your head:
- frontal area in midline
- corners – one inch behind both
- top of the head (area determined by a line from between the ears)
- the crown area (where the swirl is) including one inch in front of the swirl and one inch behind the swirl
- to the sides of the head about 1-2 inches from the midline
Using a video microscope, count the total hair population in the visual field no matter what the shaft thickness of the hair. That number will give you a density of the hair, particularly if you can measure the size of the visual field.
For a miniaturization map of the area, count the hair shafts that have a smaller diameter than the large hair shafts.
Use this formula:
Miniaturization Factor = small hair shafts÷total hair shafts
The mapping is done by recording the miniaturization factor for each area of hair you cut.
The projection for balding in the future will be determined by the area where miniaturization exceeds 20 percent (there are about 20 percent normal vellus hairs that look just like miniaturized hairs but are not). Miniaturized hairs have arrows pointing to them in the middle picture. Click to enlarge.