QUESTION: I’m a 24 year old man and for the last month or so I’ve been noticing hair on my pillow. I’m not sure if I’m losing my hair or just being paranoid – perhaps it’s something that’s always happened but I’ve just never noticed. I also notice a lot of hair coming out when I put gel in my hair in the morning. My hair’s in a short cropped style and doesn’t look thin to me, although my hair dresser did mention that it’s looking a bit thinner around the top-back area. Do you have any advice??
ANSWER: This is something that I am asked frequently – “is my hair actually falling out or am I just being over observant?”
It’s likely that if you’ve suddenly started noticing it you hair most probably is beginning to fall out. Although people’s hair is naturally programmed to shed, it is not usually a noticeable amount unless excessive shedding is being experienced, especially when the hair is short. It sounds like you’re probably experiencing the very early stages of Male Pattern Hair Loss, although this cannot be confirmed without an examination.
There’s no need to worry though, as the earlier you catch your hair loss, the better. Please take a look at our Male Hair Loss Treatments page for more information on the treatments that are available for hair loss – by using a treatment course it’s most likely that your hair loss will be stopped and at the stage you are at, any hair that has been lost will grow back.
Jonny (another writer of the Belgravia Blog) is also 24 and losing his hair. He wrote a blog post that may be of interest to you – it explains his story and includes photo-scans from before and during his treatment – Jonny’s Story. Ps… Jonny’s Story is a continuation of this post.
I hope this is helpful to you. If you have any more questions don’t hesitate to post a comment 🙂