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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 issues with their diet, and 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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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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

14th April, 2017 at 2:22 pm

karan shekatkar

My age is 24 .my hair fall started at 22 .i have dandruff since 5 years ...i have used too many types of shampoo .when i comb 5 -8 hairs fall down every day .does dandruff causes hairfall. And second is does masturbation cause hairfall.please reply

18th April, 2017 at 5:05 pm


HI.I am only 19 and yet experiencing abnormal hair loss.My scalp is slightly visible.Is it because of my lifestyle or food habits?Also does lack of sleep result in abnormal hair loss?

27th April, 2017 at 5:23 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Nobin. We hope you find this response from one of our senior specialists helpful.

27th April, 2017 at 5:26 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Karan. No, masturbation does not cause hair loss. Dandruff is a scalp condition that should be able to be cleared up with a dedicated medicated shampoo. It is common for everyone - including those without a hair loss condition - to lose around 100 hairs per day so it doesn't sound like you need to worry about hair loss, just your dandruff. If you use a medicated shampoo recommended by your doctor, this should help you. We wish you the very best in having this clear up quickly.

15th May, 2017 at 10:33 pm

Ali Aldiab

Hi there, I'm now 31, and the hair loss started from four years. In 2013 i lost all of front hair. may my hair regrowth agaim? I tried many of natural oils and shampoos without any result. what can i do please?

16th May, 2017 at 1:28 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Ali, we cannot diagnose you from what you say here - we would need more information. The best thing to do is to arrange a consultation, either in person at one of Belgravia's Central London or City of London hair loss clinics or to complete our online consultation if you live elsewhere in the UK or abroad. Please note, if your country is not listed, it means that we currently cannot send our products there.

20th July, 2017 at 4:02 pm


Hii im 16 years old and have been losing at least 50 hair a day once i wash my head is it okay or something serious

20th July, 2017 at 4:59 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Saurav, you may want to check out our page on How Much Hair Loss is Normal? You will see that what you describe comes well under the normal number of hairs shed by people who are not experiencing hair loss problems.

23rd July, 2017 at 5:30 am

Yemane Gebrezihier

My age is 29 .my hair fall started at 26.i used to a ordnary soap to wash my hair every day for five years when i was in university and my hair started to fall after i graduate before three years. i have used too many types of shampoo after started my hair to fall .when i comb 10-15 and 15-20 i wash my hairs fall down every day.

24th July, 2017 at 10:56 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Yemane, we're not entirely sure what your question is, however, the rate of hair fall you mention here sounds well below the average. Also, washing your hair with soap, whilst this could be very drying to your hair, is unlikely to cause hair loss. You may find the following articles helpful: How Much Hair Loss is Normal? and 'Is it OK to Wash Your Hair With Soap?'

8th August, 2017 at 2:47 pm


Hi, I am 27 and have recently been finding about 15 to 20 hairs on my pillow every morning. This never used to happen on this scale, and I was wondering if this is normal. I don't always wash my hair with shampoo and am curious if this is more likely to make it fall out.

8th August, 2017 at 3:48 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Sammy, it is absolutely normal to lose around 100 hairs per day without having any kind of hair loss condition so you are well within the normal shedding amounts. How you wash your hair is unlikely to have any effect.

8th August, 2017 at 5:44 pm


Hello Sarah, Thanks for the quick reply. My worry is that finding hairs on the pillow could be an early sign of hair loss. There is genetic baldness in my family, my father lost his hair. I never used to find this many hairs on my pillow.

9th August, 2017 at 9:18 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Sammy, the answer is still the same I'm afraid. If it continues and you also start to notice that your hair is thinning or dropping in density then a consultation with a specialist is recommended but it doesn't sound like you have anything to worry about given the small amount of shedding that you're experiencing.

12th December, 2017 at 8:51 am


Hi, I am 27 years old.. I shampoo my hair daily and I noticed while bathing 15-20 hairs comes in my hand. . In also in day times few hair falls. Could you please help with a solution. Its very irritating.

12th December, 2017 at 10:18 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Rahul, the amount of hair fall you describe sounds entirely within the normal range of daily hair loss for people without it signalling any type of hair loss condition. If you are concerned then a consultation may help to put your mind at rest, however, from what you say here, it does not sound like hair loss treatment is necessary.

10th April, 2018 at 1:36 pm


Hi, im 17 years old and i have noticed that i have started to lose hair just above my temple area. It is only a small amount and ive tried to compare pictures of the area where i think there is hair loss and cant tell if it is actually being lost or not. I dont smoke and have a healthy diet. Im not to sure how stressed i am. Is there a way to measure stress? Also do i need to be worried if i am losing hair above my temple? Its also only on one side of my head as well where i think that there is a bit of hair loss. And finally i have 2 front cowlicks on my head, do these prevent you from having a receeding hair line? because i think i read something about that. Also my dad is partially bold as well. However my grandad is not. How does this affect my chances of becoming bold? Thanks x

12th April, 2018 at 11:08 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Neil, thanks for your questions. We have had one of Belgravia's senior hair loss specialists answer them for you, here - we hope this information is helpful.

27th April, 2018 at 4:37 am


I am 18 and noticed a lot of hair falling out, mostly in the front. It has continued for about a week and seems like my hair is thinning out. It falls out when I wash it, touch it, and sometimes when I am walking around. I feel healthy and dont believe i have been very stressed but I did have the flu almost 3 months ago. I was wondering what could be causing this and when it will get better

3rd May, 2018 at 10:42 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Jacob, if you were ill around three months ago, this may well be a case of Telogen Effluvium. This causes an increase in hair shedding from all over the scalp around three months after it has been triggered and tends to last for around six months. As such, your hair should start to regrow naturally again soon. However, if you are concerned and would like a confirmed, personal diagnosis, please do have a free consultation, either at one of our City of London or Central London hair loss clinics, or online where you can submit photos of your scalp via our Online Consultation form.

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