Sat 6 Feb 2016
Accelerated hair loss vs. visual “turning point”. I think it’s an important distinction to keep in mind. By “visual turning point” I mean a point in one’s hair loss progression after which the loss of a given number of hairs makes a noticeably greater aesthetic difference than it did before. Put differently, a significant increase in the slope of an aesthetic effect (y) vs. hairs lost (x) curve. So if you’re all of a sudden looking frightfully thin in the frontal region, it may just be that you’re passing a turning point, instead of experiencing accelerated loss.
I am 6 months into finasteride and have been struggling to make sense of how much worse (to me at least) my hair has gotten over the past 2 months, considering the minimal shedding I have experienced over that time period. I believe this is the explanation and I’d be willing to bet finasteride users not grasping the distinction is a significant cause of “shed” anxiety.
I think that is an excellent observation on your part. This “turning point” as you call it is actually what happens. As many will tell you, one doesn’t start to notice their thinning hair until around 50% of the hair in that area is lost. Still, when you are getting close to the 50% mark, you may notice that some days you look thinner than others. You may style your hair differently one day or be in a bright light another and may look thinner. You have less flexibility with your styling. Hair loss continues though, and you may find it harder to have days where your hair doesn’t look thin.