This blog is great for answering questions always and thank you for that. Im a 30 year old male with thick hair wavy hair. I slicked back my hair the other day and saw that theres a part were it looks thinning. I went to the dermatologist and he told me that its a part that I’ve always have had and sometimes the parts look like there thinning because the hair going in different directions. Is this true what my dermatologist told me? He is one of the top in the state to let you know how good he is. I also took pictures with my iphone and parted my hair to look if the diameters are different in the hair from others I saw some that were diameter of hair thinner looking and most were not.. I told him and showed him and he said this was completely normal on non-balding man and that I was stressing out about nothing. Does taking pictures with iphone close up prove that if you see some hairs different form others you have miniaturization or could it be normal? Is it more accurate to do it with a digital microscope ? He told me I had no signs of male pattern baldness or thinning and I have a full head a hair. I was happy with the visit. I also told him about the Haircheck device and he said that he heard that device can be accurate but it could be normal even if you had a small amount different from the back donor hair like 6% could be normal for a non-balding man too. What percentage would be normal for a non-balding man with the hair check device from the donor hair to the hair in the front region? Thank you so much for always reading as many emails as you can and I hope to hear back from you soon! You can post this on your blog too.
You can always take photos with any good camera to see if there is a change in hair but that would be very subjective on how you take the photo and over a relatively short period of time, it may not have much value. Things like combing style, hair length, the lighting, the style or part of hair, the angle, etc. are significant variables that ten to confuse an objective viewer. We try to objectively quantify potential true thinning with the Hair Check device which will give a clear measurement when compared with the donor area, Microscopic devices to determine the degree of minaturization for comparison purposes, with analysis also helps region by region. These measurement are also variable and about 10% difference is within the margin of error but as the areas are very small, finding the same spot over and over again over months is not reasonable to document change. I don’t think most people would care about 1 to 2 % change in hair density or hair bulk. What meaning would it really have when no one can see it?
Finally when you part your hair, you will naturally see scalp when the contrast between your hair color and your skin color is high (e.g black on white). This present in normal, non-balding adults when you comb your hair. Many people comb their hair to take advantage of the natural part and if they are balding, exploit comb-overs to hide thinning. Yes, your dermatologist is correct, that a subtle change in hair growth direction usually shows the scalp.