Question: Hey my hair started acting funny once I went to junior college my first year there was fine but my second year became very stressful and the school didn’t have healthy food to eat so all I ate was unhealthy food then I started smoking weed a lot on top of that. that’s when I noticed my hair starting to thin in front and then I would shave it all and it would grow back black and colorless but the colorless keeps growing with the black. Only difference is the colorless grows a little slower but it’s growing in length and now I finally shaved it again and I’m eating healthy and not smoking and using coconut oil and Castro oil – and once again when I look at my scalp in certain lighting I can see all my hair but the sides and back are growing faster then the frontal. But the frontal is growing though it’s just growing with some black and colorless – is that male pattern baldness or what? I’m only 22 – my dad didn’t lose his hair till his 40s and my mom has hair – do you know what it is?
Answer: Hi, Joshua. This is an interesting case given the pattern of hair loss you mention does not fit with the ‘colourless’ regrowth symptom.
Everything you have said about where you are experiencing thinning hair suggest a diagnosis of Male Pattern Baldness is the most likely. If your father went bald then it is likely you have inherited this genetic condition. Certain lifestyle factors including those you mention here – stress, a poor diet, smoking cannabis – can trigger male hair loss in those who have this genetic predisposition. They can also accelerate the hair thinning in those who were already showing signs of this condition. Whilst it is good that you have ditched these habits and are now following a healthier lifestyle, once triggered this cannot be undone.
Although commonly thought of as something that only affects older men, Male Pattern Hair Loss can affect those with the relevant genetic makeup any time following puberty. The stresses of modern living are causing increasing instances of hairloss in younger men in their 20s and even in their late teens. The rate of shedding varies from person to person so, for those not using preventative treatments, some men may notice their hair thinning rapidly from the onset, yet others may have a slower rate of hair fall.
The frontal area of the scalp is the slowest to grow hair – and thus to regrow hair too. This is why it is important that men concerned about a receding hairline use a treatment course tailored to assist this particular area. There are two key male hair loss treatments which have been clinically proven and approved by both the MHRA and FDA – finasteride 1mg and minoxidil. However, whilst finasteride 1mg can be highly effective as a DHT blocker in suitable men aged 18 and over, its efficacy in relation to the hairline area is unconfirmed. This is why, at Belgravia, we often find that adding in suitable topical applications of high strength minoxidil from the range of formulations available from our in-clinic pharmacies, can help form a bolder, two-pronged attack on stubborn hair loss.
As mentioned, the issue of your regrowth colour seems at odds with the other symptoms outlined. There are certain instances in which regrowth which is ‘colourless‘ – often cream, white or a yellowish shade – is common. These include following chemotherapy or sudden, patchy hair loss from the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata. Neither of these fit with the description of what you have described here.
With this in mind, we would recommend you have a professional consultation, either online or in person at one of our Central London clinics, depending on which is most convenient for you. That way a specialist can provide you with a confirmed diagnosis of your hair loss condition and make personalised treatment recommendations based on this information.
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.