“I’m too young to lose my hair!”
We hear that sort of complaint all the time. Most people think hair loss is a condition reserved for older men. Young guys are supposed to have thick, youthful manes, right? This is a common assumption that many people hold.
Unfortunately, that isn’t the case for many men. A lot of guys start to lose hair in their early 20s. Many are bald by their 30s. Some even start balding in their late teens.
Talk about losing the genetic lottery!
According to the American Hair Loss Association, 25% of men start losing hair before they’re 30 years old. So if you’re balding early, you aren’t alone.
At first, most young guys deny the problem. “No, this can’t be happening to me,” they tell themselves. “I just got a bad haircut,” they say, or “I’m not taking enough vitamins.”
25% of men start losing hair before they’re 30 years old.
In fact, many guys ignore their hair loss completely until they have shiny bald spots that are impossible to notice. They try to forget about the problem and hope it will go away.
A lot of people blame hair loss on wearing hats. Young guys wear hats these days. That must be it.
Sorry, but that’s a myth. Hats don’t cause hair loss, but hair loss does cause guys to wear more hats.
Hair loss is a big deal for men, especially when you’re young and not used to thinking about your own genes. It can affect your self-esteem, stress levels, and even trigger psychological disorders.
You can’t change your genetics, of course. You can treat the symptoms of your genes, but at the moment (with our current medical technology), there’s no effective and reliable way to alter your own genetic code.
This problem is particularly painful if your parents both have great heads of hair. Why do you have to go bald when your dad has a great head of hair in his 50s, 60s, or even 70s?
Unfortunately, genetics aren’t linear. You aren’t guaranteed to develop the same traits as your father. If you go back a few generations, you’ll probably find at least a few relatives (men and women) with some degree of hair loss, and those genes made their way to you.
So that begs the question...
Why Do Some Guys Bald Earlier?
First, let’s talk about what causes hair loss in the first place.
Each strand of hair on your head comes from a small organ called a follicle. Balding occurs when your follicles shrink. Over time, your follicles produce a thinner, finer, and shorter hair. If the follicle gets too small, it goes dormant and eventually dies.
DHT can bind to your follicles, which forces them to shrink. It doesn’t bind to all of your follicles, just the ones at the front, top, and crown of your head (the proverbial baldness horseshoe pattern). It binds at different rates, depending on the guy, which is why some men lose hair quickly and some lose it slowly.
So the reason you’re losing your hair in your 20s is because your follicles are especially sensitive to DHT.
You don’t necessarily have more testosterone or more DHT in your body that any other guy your age. It just means DHT is better able to stick to your follicles, which forces them to shrink.
Unfortunately, guys who start balding sooner tend to bald more than most. So if your hair loss is significant at 25, there’s a good chance you’ll be fully bald at some point in your life unless you start a treatment regimen.
There’s a bit of good news, however.
Treatments Work Best on Young Guys
Just because you have significant hair loss doesn’t mean there isn’t hope. In fact, at 25 (or a similar age) most of your follicles are likely still alive and producing something (though that something may be a weak, thin, pigment-less hair).
Hair loss treatments are more effective for younger guys because there’s something to work with. A man in his 70s may have lost many of his follicles. There’s nothing to revitalize. Young guys have a better chance because they haven’t lost the battle yet.
(It’s worth pointing out that this doesn’t mean treatments won’t work on you if you’re older. That’s not the case at all. It depends on entirely your hair loss. If you’re experiencing any degree of hair loss, speak to one of our doctors right away to evaluate your situation.)
Your first step is to determine if you’re actually losing hair. Look for the common signs: Hair on your pillow, sink, or shower drain, an itchy scalp, receding temples, and thinness on the top and crown of your head.
For more information on determining if you’re losing your hair, read this post: Early Signs of Hair Loss You Should Watch Out For.
Next, decide if you’re losing hair at a rate you can’t deal with. If your hair loss is slow and gentle, it may not bother you. Depending on your social circle, a little temple recession or thinning across the top can make you appear more distinguished. Some men who work with predominately older colleagues report that a little hair loss gives them credibility and helps their carers.
Some guys even enjoy hair loss because they like the look. After all, you don’t have to treat your hair loss. We love helping guys recover your hair, but if you can be happy with it, more power to you!
Your third step is to decide if you’re willing to treat your hair loss.
We won’t lie to you: Treating your hair loss is definitely a commitment. It will take awhile before you start to see any results. Once you do, you’ll never want to stop – which is good, because stopping will destroy everything you gain.
Be careful, however, when you start looking into treatments. There are a lot of snake oil products out there that make vague, unprovable claims. There are only a small handful of truly effective products that inhibit balding and spur hair growth.
Start Treatment Right Away
Going bald in your 20s sucks. We know it’s tough to deal with hair loss at any age, but especially a young age. Your friends may have great heads of hair. You might worry you’ll be unattractive or have a hard time finding a partner.
But thanks to science, you still have options. The sooner you jump on to a treatment program, the sooner you’ll get your hair back, along with your confidence and swagger. You don’t have to spend your 20s and 30s avoiding social situations and hiding under your hat, but the best treatments often take up to a year to show results, so start early.
(For more information about how long it takes to see results after starting treatment, read this guide: The Timeline for Treating Hair Loss in Men)
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