Hair loss is more common in younger people than ever before according to recent statistics and 30 is the age where a man decides to do something about it.
The statistics, revealed by the UK’s leading hair loss clinic; The Belgravia Centre, in March 2009, take into account more than 10,000 men.
The results show the exponential rise in the number of male hair loss sufferers between the ages of 21 and 30 and thereafter patient numbers gradually decline with age.
Hair loss starting earlier
According to the Belgravia Centre’s senior trichologist, Leonora Doclis, young people make up a large proportion of hairloss sufferers these days.
“I’d say at least 3 in 5 of our clients are in their early 20s,” Leonora says.
The previous consensus was that two-thirds of men will have some degree of hair loss by the time they’re 40 but new statistics suggest the problem is more prevalent at a younger age.
“The statistics indicate that the average age that a man starts to experience hair loss is declining and the number of those affected are growing,” Leonora notes.
Lifestyle and environmental factors to blame?
Hair loss is a multi-faceted condition with many factors involved in addition to simple genetics.
Male pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia, is the most common hair loss condition observed in men and is the result of the hormone known as DHT (dihydrotestosterone); though often associated with ageing, it is in fact possible for the condition to begin in those affected any time following puberty.
However, whilst a genetic predisposition is crucial for this type of hair loss to present, the rate of shedding, or the age at which it starts to appear can be influenced by many additional lifestyle and environmental factors. For instance, thinning hair can be a side effect of medication or caused by an underlying ailment or illness; it has been linked to various lifestyle and environmental factors including smoking, dietary issues and pollution, as well as being known to be triggered or aggravated by stress – physical or emotional.
Whilst it is important to identify any issues which may be contributing to premature balding in order to ensure your health is properly managed, for those worried about losing their hair at an early age – or at least earlier than they may have expected – help is available. There are clinically-proven, MHRA licensed and FDA approved hair loss treatments for male pattern baldness. These topical and oral products can be used in conjunction with additional hair growth supporting products to help stabilise shedding, accelerate hair growth and prevent baldness, as well as helping to maintain normal healthy hair, and a professional hair loss specialist can recommend tailored solutions based upon your age, medical profile, level and pattern of shedding.
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.