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Teenagers With Hair Loss: What Can They Do?

Whilst it is certainly true that the chance of us getting hair loss increases with age, Belgravia regularly hears from teenagers of both sexes and their parents who are worried that their hair is beginning to fall out. Sometimes this is temporary hair loss, for instance Telogen Effluvium as a result of stress or illness, but it also may be pattern hair loss.

Three_Young_TeenagersTemporary hair loss should grow back in a matter of months, but male pattern hair loss or its female equivalent is genetic, and as such cannot be ‘cured’ with medication and will not fix itself. This type of hair loss occurs when hair follicles atop the scalp begin to shrink as a result of androgen DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) and subsequently begin to produce weaker, wispsy ‘baby’ hair that breaks easily.

If left untreated, this type of hair loss can progress until areas of the scalp become bald, at which point it cannot be treated medically. Of course, it’s natural for teenagers to be worried by this information, but depending on certain factors, there may be suitable treatments available to them.

Two For The Boys

To begin with, let’s take a look at what teenage boys can do to treat their hair loss. Sadly, we’re unable to treat boys under the age of 16, and any boy experiencing hair loss aged fifteen and under should visit their GP for further help and information. Male pattern hair loss can appear as an overall thinning of the top of the head, a receding hairline or thinning of the crown (the beginnings of a bald spot) but if the thinning is all over the head or the hair loss is patchy, it may be that something else is to blame.

Boys aged 17 and 18 can, in theory, use the hair loss medication minoxidil. This treatment is one of two medications for hair loss that has been licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA (the UK and US medical regulatory bodies) so unlike many alleged hair loss treatments that merely improve the condition of existing hair, it has proven in clinical trials that it can regrow thinning hair.

Whilst the exact reasons why minoxidil works so well are still unclear, however, Belgravia specialists have found topical preparations of high strength minoxidil to be highly effective for treating hair loss. The formulation is applied either once or twice a day, as advised, to the areas of the scalp that are thinning, and in just months regrowth can begin to show.

Teenage boys aged 18 and over can also use finasteride 1mg, the second proven hair loss treatment that Belgravia offers. This oral tablet blocks DHT, which can in most cases halt the rate of hair loss and also potentially allow regrowth to happen. Boys who begin a hair loss treatment programme before the age of 18 can add this medication into their regime from their 18th birthday onward, provided they are deemed suitable.

Here Come The Girls

Finasteride is not suitable for use by girls and women, no matter what the age. However, Belgravia builds hair loss treatment plans around minoxidil for girls aged 16 and over. In girls pattern hair loss generally appears as a thinning all over the top of the scalp. If a girl’s hair loss is all over the scalp, as a diffuse thinning or in patches, it’s unlikely that this is due to pattern hair loss and a visit to the GP should be arranged to establish the reasons behind it.

Belgravia offers free consultations to establish the cause of the hair loss and also to suggest a possible hair loss treatment programme, with no obligation to buy. A bespoke programme would contain at least one of the proven hair loss medications as described above, and potentially a number of hair growth boosters to ensure hair is kept healthy and strong. We prefer to see our patients at least every three months to chart their progress and to discuss any questions.


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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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27 Comments

3rd April, 2016 at 8:30 pm

pawlose

i loss a lot of hair in my center head. age am 16 years pls help me what is the priblem & the solution

4th April, 2016 at 2:17 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Pawlose, You would need a proper assessment in order to determine the cause and treatment for your hair loss - you can find out more information in this full response provided by one of our senior hair loss specialists.

16th April, 2016 at 2:40 pm

Maria

I've experienced hairloss at a very young age. I was 5 when My parents began noticing that my hair was reducing and thinning. Im 17 now and all the hair on my head in a ponytail is equvalent to bangs on someone with thick hair. If I part my hair down the middle, the part is so wide and you can see a bald spot at the back of my head.I need a solution.

18th April, 2016 at 10:56 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Maria, It is hard to diagnose you from what you say here. If you complete an Online Consultation form one of our hair loss specialist nurses will be able to provide you with a professional diagnosis of the reason for your thinning as well as recommendations for treatment.

22nd April, 2016 at 7:35 pm

Sol

I'm 17 and my hair is thinning so fast. and i am loosing so much hair in the front of my head that you can see my scalp in the light please help

23rd April, 2016 at 5:07 am

abhinav thomas

I've experienced lose of hair from the front part of my head.its been 2 monthsand i'm 15

25th April, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Abhinav, Unfortunately we can only treat clients who are aged 16 and over so we recommend you speak to your GP as they should be able to help you find out why you are losing your hair and ways to stop it. Best of luck

25th April, 2016 at 3:05 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Sol, It sounds as if you are experiencing vertex thinning - where the hair thins on top of the head - although it could also be a receding hairline. Both of these are classic signs of male pattern baldness which can start any time following puberty. At 17 you are eligible to use certain hair loss treatments such as minoxidil and hair growth boosters, assuming you are deemed medically suitable. For personalised information and treatment recommendations please make an appointment to visit one of our Central London hair loss clinics or if you are based outside London you can fill in an Online Consultation.

26th May, 2016 at 9:29 am

Shana

Hi, I'm 18 years old and my hair is thinning all over the top of my scalp, my bottom hair is fine however on top it is thinning. I have experienced some stressful events during the past couple of months due to losing a member in my family and some exam stress. I find myself stressing over my hair thinning more, usually it never thins that badly. In addition to that, my scalp is extremely sore and I have painful bumps which sometimes bleed - I'm not sure whether this may be the cause of my hair loss or not. I'm worried that I will go bald since I am very young. My crown is also thinning and the bumps are located there. My scalp is visible too. I need a solution as I fear I may be going bald.

31st May, 2016 at 12:58 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Shana, one of Belgravia's senior hair loss specialists has replied to your query in full on our blog. We hope you find this information helpful.

22nd July, 2016 at 11:57 am

Prashant poudel

Hi I'm prashant from nepal I'm 18 years old and suffering from same problem My hair is falling very badly I'm taking medicine but also not reacting yet My hair colour is half black and half brown type What is the reason please tell me

22nd July, 2016 at 12:50 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Prashant, Unfortunately we cannot treat patients based in Nepal so we recommend you seek a diagnosis and assistance from a local hair loss specialist. If you have just started using hair loss treatment in the past couple of months, the increase in shedding could be due to the medication starting to work as there can often be a short period during which hair fall increases before stabilising and new regrowth beginning to come through. This is completely normal and nothing to worry about but you should speak to whomever provided you with the medication in the first place to be sure.

3rd September, 2016 at 3:42 am

Prashant poudel

Hey, first of all thanks for your suggestion...Finasteride 1 mg what is this??...can i take it for my hair fall solution as a medicine from the clinic??? And this will surely work to stop the hair fall??

7th September, 2016 at 4:12 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Prashant, you can find out more about this male hair loss treatment - which is for those aged 18+ who are deemed medically suitable only - on our finasteride 1mg page, and on our page 'How finasteride 1mg and minoxidil treat hair loss'. I hope this helps.

10th September, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Sejal Shail

Hey!This is Sejal Shail from India. I've been noticing my hair going scantier day by day since almost an year. It really pisses me off as I am just 16 years old. I had amazing hair before. They were dark brown, thick and naturally straight and silky but since 1 year they have become scantier in the front and crown part and also the volume of my hair has decreased....please help...in hope of a reply!!

14th September, 2016 at 10:27 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Sejal, this sounds like premature male pattern baldness but, as we cannot treat patients based in India, we recommend you have a local hair loss specialist or dermatologist check you over. They should be able to check if anything else is contributing to your thinning and discuss treatments with you.

15th September, 2016 at 9:48 am

Hassaan

I'm 16 and my hairs are falling from all over my scalp

15th September, 2016 at 11:46 am

Hassaan

What to do

15th September, 2016 at 12:22 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Hassan, if your hair is shedding from the top of your scalp only this is likely to be premature hair loss which can strike those with a genetic predisposition any time after puberty. If the shedding is from all over your scalp it is more likely to be a temporary condition caused either by shock, stress or lifestyle factors such as dietary deficiencies or an underlying illness. Whereabouts are you based please?

17th September, 2016 at 8:23 am

Hassaan

At what age hair fall starts which leads to total hair loss. I'm having hair fall at only 16 and it started from mid 14 or starting of 15. Would it lead to total hair loss God forbid. It is said that it is genetically also. My grandFathet had but my father don't have and my mother's father didn't had. Than what would happen with me? God forbid god forbid

20th September, 2016 at 5:57 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Hassan, male pattern baldness is a progressive condition meaning it gets worse over time, however everyone sheds hair at a different rate. Various lifestyle factors as well as genetics influence this. As you seem extremely worried we would advise you to speak to a specialist for a professional diagnosis. We cannot predict at what rate you will lose your hair as, as before, everyone is different in this regard. Do try not to worry about it but to put your mind at rest, do speak to an expert who can assess you and talk you through everything.

28th October, 2016 at 4:00 pm

pravin sharma

Hi! I am pravin, i am only 17 but l lost my hair continously. The doctor recommended me for thyroid test. Is it possible that i am losing my hair because of thyroid problem at the age of only 17.

1st November, 2016 at 2:14 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Pravin, there's a full response to your query on our blog - we hope this is helpful.

6th November, 2016 at 4:57 pm

Emma

Hiii I'm Emma I'm 12 I have bald spots on my hair on the left side and right I'm really nervous and scared. its been long they haven't even grown back I need help to grow my bald spots to hair. Can you help me to make sure the bald spots has hair to grow its really noticeable I don't have alopecia or any hair cancer at all I'm a healthy student but I need some tips to grow the bald spots to hair thank you a lot for your time Sincerely Emma

7th November, 2016 at 12:08 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Emma. Firstly, do try not to worry as this can make hair loss worse. As you are 12 years old we recommend you speak to your doctor as hair loss treatment is not suitable for under 16s. It does sound like a case of Alopecia Areata - an autoimmune condition which can occur in healthy people and which causes bald spots. These can be as small as one £2 coin shaped bald patch to much larger areas. Normally the hair will grow back on its own within 12 months but it's important to get a professional diagnosis so you know exactly what is causing these bald spots. Very best of luck.

19th November, 2016 at 6:41 am

Debarun Gupta

Hi, I'm Debarun. I'm 18 and I have been losing hair for around 8 months now. It was slow at first, but I've lost a significant amount of hair in the last two months. This hair loss is very upsetting and stressful for me. I haven't tried consulting a physician fearing the side effects of the medicines might increase the hair loss. I've tried home remedies like onion juice and vinegar but the results weren't significant. Please help.

21st November, 2016 at 11:08 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Debarun, the best thing we can advise is to visit a specialist so that they can assess your shedding. They can then provide you with a diagnosis of what's causing the hair loss as well as talking you through your various treatment options. Onion juice and vinegar will not treat hair loss so it is better to speak with a specialist to find out what will work for your condition, rather than trying things that will not work and potentially becoming more stressed when they don't improve your hair - especially as stress can make hair loss worse. If you are located outside London you can complete an online consultation and our experts will contact you to discuss everything.

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