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Causes of Hair Loss in Young Men

Hair loss is commonly misunderstood to be something that happens only in older men, but it is also prevalent in young men.

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Sometimes boys as young as 15 begin to notice the signs, like thinning hair or the development of a widow’s peak. But so long as they understand the causes of hair loss, there are ways for young men to maintain their hairlines.

Male pattern baldness is the most common cause for hair loss but it’s usually associated with middle-aged men. The fact, however, is that no one goes bald overnight. While a third of men will have lost most their hair by the time they’re 50, it has to start at some point. Male pattern baldness is hereditary, but you can’t always use your dad or grandfather as a blueprint for how your hairline will map out. There is some indication that hair loss is becoming more prevalent in younger men and there are a few possible reasons for this.

One explanation is quite obvious. In our image-obsessed and media-driven world, it’s possible that more men are starting to notice the early signs of hair loss sooner rather than later, as compared to previous generations. A maturing hairline is quite normal for men in their teens and early 20s, but thinning at the temple areas and above the eyebrows can result in the appearance of a high forehead. This is generally when most young men start to worry about their receding hairlines. They may also begin to notice excess shedding when combing or showering, something that could have been missed by earlier, less image-conscious generations.

Lifestyle and environmental factors that can influence hair loss

Smoking and Hair Loss - Can Smoking Cause Thinning Hair?But, there are multiple lifestyle and environmental factors that are thought to be contributing to an earlier onset of hair loss in men, and stress is thought to be a leading cause. The years in between school and working life are packed with changes and sometimes the pressures of study, finding work – especially in the current economic climate – moving out of home and the accompanying financial burdens, are enough to push anyone’s stress levels over the edge. You don’t need to have a full-on breakdown for your body to let you know it’s having trouble coping with the pressure. Stress is an often cited cause of temporary hair loss, and it can trigger genetic patterns of hair loss.

Certain other lifestyle choices are also thought to play a part in the development of hair loss in young men, such as smoking. The chemicals and carcinogens found in tobacco are believed to slow down hair growth which leads to thinning hair and can result in significant hair loss if not addressed. Recreational drug use also has the potential to cause hair loss because they can be a shock to the system. Drug use is often accompanied by nutrient depletion and deteriorated health, which means temporary or permanent hair loss is a very probable side effect.

There are many causes of temporary hair loss in the young men of today’s society, but if the cause is addressed it’s possible that hair growth will return to normal. Hereditary hair loss does seem to be more prevalent in young men than ever before but it could simply be that they are more concerned about their receding hairline than previous generations, or that a situation that caused an otherwise temporary form of hair loss has triggered an inherent “bald gene”. Another possibility as to why we’re seeing more young men with hair loss is that because there are effective treatment options these days, they’re reaching out for help. Whereas their fathers and grandfathers wouldn’t have had that same opportunity and probably just slipped on a hat instead.


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The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.


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16 Comments

14th October, 2015 at 8:56 am

dhiraj kumar

My hai is inly left side 1 inch area loss the hair.so what to do .and i have iching disease so please send me suggesion

14th October, 2015 at 3:15 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Dhiraj,

It is very hard to tell from your description what might be causing your hair loss although if it is a patch of hair loss on one side of your scalp, this could be alopecia areata. This may regrow on its own, or there are options available for alopecia areata treatment - you can see a number of Success Stories featuring clients before and after starting treatment on our site. If you do not want to visit a hair loss specialist to get a professional diagnosis of your condition, you can try consulting our guide to hair loss conditions which may be of help.

27th June, 2016 at 7:20 am

Sudeep

There is an excessive hair loss on the top back of my head..i am 20 years old i can easily recognise the thinning of hair on the top back of my head..please suggest me

29th June, 2016 at 9:32 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Sudeep, This full response to your query should help. We hope you find the information useful.

1st July, 2016 at 6:26 pm

Shamry

I am 22, I am losing 60 to 70 hairs for a day is it temporary or I will loose all my hair.

4th July, 2016 at 11:20 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Shamry, it sounds like you have nothing to worry about. Everyone - whether they have a hair loss condition or not - loses hair every day and 60-70 hairs per day is below the average for normal hair loss.

25th July, 2016 at 5:42 pm

Danraj

Hi, I'm 15 and have noticed my hair thinning and I have a very high forehead. It almost seems as if my hair is missing from the front when I pretend to do a man bun style. Even to quiff my hair it looks like there's no hair at the start of my hairline.

29th July, 2016 at 3:36 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Danraj, we hope this information is helpful to you.

20th December, 2016 at 5:01 am

lindberg

i am having hairfall since i was 18 years old.And now i am 24 years old..i have a high forehead as well as i am going bald on the top of my head.earlier my pillow used to be full of hair in the morning after i wake up.and even now i have excessive hairfall in summer than in winter.what can i do?i took drugs such as follihair but it helps only till i am taking the drugs,i stop taking and i m back having hairfall

7th January, 2017 at 5:20 pm

marie-louise andersson

Hi, My son of 18 is starting to have a receding hairline. He has been taking a medication called Vivance for ADHD and we are wondering if that could be the cause of it. I have been taking Silicea for my brittle nails and it works very good for nails. In the information for Silicea it also says that it helps with hair quality and skin complexion. What do you think of this?

9th January, 2017 at 2:33 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Lindberg, please find an answer to your query here on our blog. We hope this helps.

3rd February, 2017 at 2:33 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Marie-Louise, we hope this response is helpful to you and your son.

4th February, 2017 at 2:27 pm

Renny

I'm 22 and it's winter here and every time i wash my hair it automatically thins and then at evening it came to natural shape till next wash...Even after overnight I find thin hair next morning...

6th February, 2017 at 11:10 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Renny, it could be that you have an oily scalp or oily hair type. These natural oils can make the hair appear lank and thinner which is why the hair looks fuller after washing. Try using a shampoo designed for oily hair to see if this makes a difference and if you still have issues then we recommend having a consultation with a hair loss specialist.

8th February, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Renny

Sarah...The problem is that it appears greasy only at evenings...During daytime it remains dry..no signs of oil at daytime unless i apply it manually...My major concern is thinning which i experienced lately..How can i grow my hair back to thick..or what to do or what not to do with thin hair.. .

8th February, 2017 at 3:05 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Renny, that is what happens with oily hair - the grease and dirt builds up over the course of the day so that by the evening (or earlier in the day for some people) your hair will start to look thinner due to the amount of oil that has built up. You can find information on dealing with thinning hair on our hair loss treatments page and, as before, it is advisable to wash your hair daily - or every other day - using a shampoo suitable for oily hair in order to help it look fuller.

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