23 December 2020
“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. Many 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. Before you overreact, please review our information about our hair loss treatment for men.
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.
Many guys ignore their hair loss entirely until they have shiny bald spots that are impossible to notice. They try to forget about the problem and hope it will go away.
While there are several causes of hair loss (like certain lifestyle factors such as stress or smoking), you’re most likely going bald due to your genetics.
Many men 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 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 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.
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.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be completely bald to start treating your hair loss. Many men start to panic at the first sign of a receding hairline. We don’t think an adequate treatment for a receding hairline is to simply change your hairstyle. At Mosh, we think you should be able to wear your hair however you like, receding hairline or not!
The first sign of a receding hairline is a great time to start doing something about restoring hair growth and preventing further hair loss. You should feel very confident that with our help, your normal hairline can be restored.
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.
First, it’s important to understand that hair loss is rarely the symptom of anything other than male pattern baldness.
Yes, things like stress, poor nutrition, smoking, and certain lifestyle factors can cause or contribute to hair loss. Even medications, brushing your hair too hard, or using damaging products can cause hair to break off. However, those cases are rare, and the hair will regrow once you identify the cause and change your behaviour, diet, or medications.
For an overwhelming number of guys, hair loss is caused by genetics – traits that come straight from your DNA that you can’t change (for now, at least).
If you think your hair loss is caused by factors other than genetics, it’s important to speak with a doctor to uncover the cause and learn how to fix it. Our medical team can help.
If your hair loss is caused by genetics, you still have a fighting chance, but take a couple of things into consideration:
1. Genetics are Tough to Beat
At the moment, we don’t have any reliable tools to change our genetic information or fight the changes our genes make to our bodies. There are some new treatments in the hair loss development pipeline, but currently the best tools we have fight the symptoms of hair loss, not the main cause.
Check out this great image from Hair Loss Talk that shows the different types of hair loss treatments currently in development.
What this means is that treating your hair loss isn’t as simple as flicking on a switch. Everyone behaves differently. Some people see results quickly; others take years. Some people see incredible results; others don’t see any change at all.
Plus, hair loss becomes harder to treat the longer you let it go. Over time, DHT binds to your follicles, choking them of essential blood and nutrients. Eventually, the follicle’s hair withers and the follicle itself falls dormant and dies.
This means there is a point where a follicle loses the ability to produce hair, and no treatment will force it to start working again. If you lost your hair a long time ago, lost your hair quickly (in a few short years), or lost your hair young (late teens or early 20s), the best treatments to regrow hair may not be as effective.
Does this mean if your hair loss is advanced that you shouldn’t attempt to treat it? Absolutely not.
Like most things, there’s no way to know how well you’ll respond unless you take the plunge. There may also be other suitable treatments that our medical team can talk to you about.
2. Treating Your Hair Loss is a Long-Term Commitment
Hair loss treatments take time. Due to the phases of hair growth, most guys don’t see significant results from their hair loss treatment regimen within the first few months. Some men don’t rate their results as “satisfactory” until a year later (or even more).
If you decide to treat your hair loss, you have to commit to it. You have to commit to applying your topical and taking your pills every day (or whatever the medical team deems suitable for you). Missing a day here or there won’t hurt, but long stretches without following your regimen will set you back.
So if your lifestyle prevents you from committing to a treatment regimen, or you just aren’t someone who commits to things like this, treating your hair loss might not be right for you.
Fortunately, a standard hair loss treatment regimen is simple. It only takes a few seconds a day. Most guys fit it into their morning routines without much issue, so it’s worth trying.
Going bald in your 20s sucks. We know it’s tough to deal with hair loss at any age, but especially at 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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