5 Things You Should Do If You Notice A Bald Spot

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A bald spot is a sign of hair loss or alopecia. If untreated or ignored chances of regrowth are drastically decreased. Here are 5 Things You Should Do If You Notice A Bald Spot.

 A variety of factors can contribute to alopecia from diet, hormonal changes, age, stress, and the list goes on. In most cases, alopecia is completely preventable and treatable but should be diagnosed at the first sign by a professional. A bald patch the size of a dime can easily grow to the size of a quarter and larger in a period months or even years. Once you notice a bald spot:


Schedule an appointment with a professional

First, it is important to visit a hair care professional and in some cases a dermatologist to diagnose these issues. If you notice hair loss (bald spots or thinning edges), see a dermatologist sooner than later. A good hair professional will be able to distinguish between traction or traumatic alopecia that is cause by over-manipulation or other more serious types of alopecia that require a dermatologist.

Assess your hair routine

There are many cause of breakage or trauma alopecia. But most causes of hair breakage are self-inflicted by improper detangling or other hair breaking practices. And if you don’t determine the cause you will continue to see more and more hair loss.

Implement a Healthy Hair Care Regimen

Regardless of what you’ve read or seen online all hair care professionals agree, a healthy hair regimen consist of shampooing and conditioning frequently and moisturizing as needed. Shampooing with a sulfate-free shampoo at least every two weeks remove dirt and product residue this create optimal conditions for hair growth.  Using protein deep conditioner can help to rebuild hair.

Limit Use of Direct Heat

If you are experiencing alopecia, your hair is in a very fragile state. Using direct heat can worsen the problem; limit or forego flat irons and blow dryers use.

 Wear Your Hair in Low Manipulation or Protective Styles

As previously mentioned the most common types of alopecia are a result of over-manipulation. Wear hairstyles that reduce the need of daily manipulation such as protective styles. I’m currently protective styling with Marley Twist.


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54 thoughts on “5 Things You Should Do If You Notice A Bald Spot

  1. Chenell

    actually, alopecia has nothing to do with the method in which you style your hair. It’s hereditary or due to stress and you will have to get steroid injections in order for the hair to regrow.

    1. NHR Post author

      Yes, alopecia is caused by genetics and stress but also styling methods. This form of alopecia as mentioned is called traction alopecia and traumatic alopecia according to Dermatologist, Dr. Susan Taylor.

  2. Lauren

    My bald spot is due to genetics. I have male pattern baldness meaning that I have a bald spot in my crown and my temples have started to thin. The back of my hair is just as super thick as ever. Dermatologists have said that there is nothing that can be done. We’ve tried biotin, castor oil, men’s Rogaine, and vitamin E. I have another appointment in a couple of weeks; the derm had to do some research to see if I could take Propecia (I’m past childbearing). But I know that my head is going to eventually look like all of the women in my family – totally slick on top.

  3. andre

    im 14 and i lived with a ballspot the size of a quater n the back of my head my whole life it just makes me not self confident about my self could you please help me figure out a way to regrow it

  4. shanti

    I’ve been suffering from hair loss for quite some time. I’ve seen several dermatologists and they’ve not been able to determine or rectify the cause of it or get it to fill in. It’s become very uncomfortable and frustrating to deal with. I’ve tried so many different regimens I wish that I could find one hair care specialist that will work their magic and get to the root of the problem.

    1. Dr. Yolanda Lenzy

      It sounds like you need a scalp biopsy, if you have not already had one. This helps dermatologists to determine the specific type of hair loss (there are over 10 different types) and determine the appropriate treatment. There are dermatologists who specialize in scalp disorders and ethnic hair, like myself. If you would like to contact me, I can be reached at http://www.YolandaLenzyMD.com

  5. khidja

    I’ve been diagnosed with non scarring alopecia….I was told my hair would grow back…ive had shots which were painful and began to see results…..I stopped getting the shots and my hair fell right back out and the bald spot is bigger….my hair covers my bald spot but im not sure for how long…this is horrible

  6. fruitbowlk

    I have a bald spot this is my second one in two years. I think it might be due to stress but my sister also get bald spots so it might be genetics. I’m so embarrassed I haven’t share this with anyone.

  7. CJ

    Hello, I noticed a small bald patch a few weeks ago and didn’t think much of it. This week the spot seemed a bit larger (dime sized). My hair is very thick, so my eyes were quickly drawn to this spacey area near my hairline. I saw a dermatologist today, that took a quick glance and said oh you have alopecia areata. She offered a scalp injection, I passed. She provided a steroid cream that I haven’t used yet. She seemed very carefree about it, stating the hair may or may not grow back and that more spots may/may not occur. My mom passed recently, so I’m guessing it’s stress but the dr has made me extremely nervous. She suggested I see my primary to rule out autoimmune diseases like thyroid, etc. I was planning on braids for the summer, but now I’m nervous to do a protective style and want to avoid the flat irons. Any suggestions? I know this was a lengthy read, but I’m freaking out. Does regular castor oil help or does it have to be Jamaican Black? If this is stress, losing hair definitely does not ease it any. O_o

    1. Tamara Post author

      CJ, I’m sorry to hear about your hair loss and your experience with the dermatologist. Sounds like that is not the right dermatologist for you. But if left untreated the small bald patch can grow to a nickel size and then a quarter size and maybe bigger until you now have alopecia totalis. Not to scare you but a scalp injection may sound scary but its best to act before its too late. Steroid injections treat the inflammation under the scalp to encourage hair growth and in most cases are successful. You may need more than one treatment. But you will want to at least keep the spot from growing and the treatment will do that.

      It doesn’t matter what type of castor oil you use but don’t total count out steroid treatment.

  8. Duyania

    I do wear my hair in weaves often but my braids are never that tight to me but now I have random bald spots throughout my head. I made an appointment with a dermatologist but it’s not for another 2 months. Should I continue to braid my hair until then? I have no idea what else to do to my hair besides braids

  9. Rachel

    I just notice a bald spot in my hair I was so upset that I started crying I couldn’t understand why this was happening to me. I know it’s not genetic and I know is not stress. I honestly don’t know why this is happening to me I’m 27 years old and this had never happen to me before. I would like to know what is causing this and if my hair will grow back

    1. fruitbowlk

      It might grow back it might not. I have one and mine will never grow back. Go check with your doctor for blood work and Go check with a dermatologist before you work yourself into a frizzy. It’s not the end of the world.

  10. Jay

    Hello i very new to this blogging…but my horrible experience happened this morning when getting ready for work i blow dry my hair every other day the same as washing it. I noticed i had a bald spot the size of a dime not too big… But the hair that grew around it had grew out grey i do not understand what going on I’m afraid and clueless on whats going on!!!

  11. jazz

    pls help me! I have thia bald spot on my upper left ear. i found it out last march 2014. i ignored it and this june this yr I.noticed that it became bigger,.i went to a dermarologist and ask me stuffs and told me it was stress and she looked at my bald spot and told me it has little hairs growing so she just suggested me to buy her shampoo she’s selling for my hair and if it diddnt work i need an injection.but i didnt buy anything from her I just went to the drugstore and bought hair grower shampoo for the bald spot and I used mild shampoo for the rest of my hair. I was kinda stress in the past few weeks and I noticed just today ny bald spot became bigger 😦 what to do?? I havent got any other bald spot. just this one on my upper left ear. pls heeelp me 😦

  12. Verena Mayr

    I tried NuhairRX Serum in my hair. I noticed changes. My hair is hydrated , smoother in my hair. Another factor that could see was that my hair grew much faster . It is quite easy to apply . My hair got thicker texture, better anchoring . I recommend it.

  13. navjeet singh

    hi i have alopecia areata a patches in the scalp i went to doctor he gave me injection and some medicine hair grows back but after some time it happen again. small patches again over there and i just pull out the hair and found thick edges from the bottom. what should i need to do plz help me.

  14. Livvy

    Hello, I’m a recovering bulemic and I’m struggling with exam stress.. I started to notice a bald patch which had gotten bigger and my hair line is thinning out so I can see my scalp, I’ve been given a steroid cream but I feel like this will put more stress on me, I’m concerned my hair won’t grow back.

    1. france makabu

      If it has been given to you by a professional, i suggest you use it some more and then asses the results. Also, please try to engage in stress relieving activities. Life is too short to be stressed out 🙂

  15. sam

    Hi i am Sam, i noticed one circular bald patch at the back side when i had hair cut a months ago. I went to GP and doctor said it is alopia and it will be alright .now i see that i am losing hair around the patch and the size is ever increasing,i dont feel any itch or anything there. I am abit streeed because of it. Can you please suggest me what i have to do now.

  16. Paulina

    I have dealt with clients for over 33 yrs very successful & proven results, Check out my profile on FB Paulina Osselin some of my before & after pics, `Microscopic ” Hair and Scalp analysis” , Seeing is Believing, No GUESS WORK,, proper consultation, will determine custom recommendation, not one size fits all , Alopecia is a immune deficiency there is no cure, proper diet is vital and a must,,, check your thyroids, avoid shots, harsh chemicals, hot tools, & steroids creams at any cost, ,more Toxin in your body, Dermatologist specialize in skin not HAIR,,,, Send me a message

  17. Jasmine

    Two weeks agoI noticed the dime size bald spot in my 3 yr olds hair and then today I noticed another spot I don’t do much protective style like braids and pony tails twist outs etc I usually just do wash and go’s she has 4c hair should I be worried what am I doing wrong

  18. Toni

    I have a huge bald spot on the top of my head. Went to a dermatologist and was given shots in my head . Did not work and the spot is still here. What can I don’t try to grow some hair back in that area

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  20. thando

    In 2013 I Notice that my head a spot that seemed as if it was cut, but i did not cut it. I thought it would grow back but it has not grew back yet its getting kind of worse n the spot where there less hair or almost bold its very sensitive. and by making things worse I recently colour blond or caramel blond and that had a burning sensation to my scalp. I decided to colour them black again since I noticed that my har wasn’t growing at all. Please help me am going out of my mind not knowing what is wrong. And the hasn’t grew back since 2013.


  21. Sammie

    I had two mayor set back since I started my natural journey and noticed my hair grew back, but I still have thinning and is concerns if I’m out of the woods?, no! I feel and need help., I practice healthy regiments weekly and still my hair is thin, please help what am I doing wrong or how can I thicken up my natural hair, it’s been five years and only collarbone length and thinning.


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