Question: I really need help, I am only 17 years old and my hairline is receding from the temples , and I am African American. I’ve tried several things such as castor oil, and hair growth shampoos. How do I fix my hairline from thinning? The rest of my hair is really thick. and my dad has a low cut but his hairline does not seem to be receding.
Answer: Hi, Cam. Firstly, you need to find out what is causing your hair loss – if that is what is happening. The information below is the same for Afro hair as it is for all other hair types.
It is certainly the most common hair loss condition worldwide and, whilst more common in men nearer to their late 20’s and early 30’s onwards, its onset can come about any time following puberty. However, as you are 17 years of age, there is a chance that changes to your hairline are actually something other than premature hair loss.
When a man goes through puberty his face shape can change and, as a result, so can his hairline. It may soften and round off, where it was straighter previously. This is known as a maturing hairline and is not a form of hairloss. Some young men will barely notice these shifts in their hair, whilst for others the change may be more dramatic.
As you mention that you are experiencing thinning hair around the frontal area, there is certainly a chance that it is the early stages of male pattern baldness. This condition is genetic and can be inherited from either side of the family. It may also skip generations; this means that the relevant ‘balding genes’ are dormant and able to be passed on to their children, but the person with them does not display outwards signs of hair loss.
You mention that your dad’s hairline does not seem to be receding. This could be either due to him having an inactive genetic predisposition to male pattern baldness, which may remain dormant or become active at any point. Or he may be experiencing thinning on top or at his crown. Male pattern hair loss affects the top of the scalp, from the crown to the hairline, and may present in any of these areas either singularly, two at a time or all three at once. It is a permanent, progressive condition which tends to develop over a number of years and the rate at which hair sheds varies from person to person.
Whilst it is natural to want to try various hair loss products and those claiming to promote hair growth, shampoos and moisturisers such as castor oil are cosmetic treatments. This means they will only improve the appearance of the hair on a surface level, if you have medical hair loss, they will not work at regrowing hair. There are, however, clinically-proven treatments available which have been MHRA and FDA approved for this specific purpose.
Firstly, we would advise you to have a consultation with a hair loss specialist in order to get a professional diagnosis. As you are based in the USA, this can be carried out online using this consultation form which allows you to upload photos to help with your free assessment. This will not only enable you to receive personalised recommendations for appropriate hair loss treatment if needed, but it will give you peace of mind. No-one should have to worry about their hair at such a young age and, whatever the issue, you certainly have time – and options – on your side.
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.