Despite advances in many areas of society designed to make life easier, the pressures of modern living actually seem to be increasing.
New research by the American Psychological Association has discovered that millennials - those born in the 1980s or 1990s, also known as Generation Y - are more stressed than previous generations. And this stress is taking a visible toll on many, in the form of hair loss
With the rise of social media, noticing the first signs of hair thinning
is arguably easier than ever, but luckily there are solutions available which millennials are reportedly keen to explore.
Hair loss in young adults
Stress and hair loss
go hand in hand and, whilst this type of shedding can often be temporary, that is not always the case.
Fairly rapid hair fall from all over the scalp, often around three months after a particularly stressful period and known as Telogen Effluvium
, tends to last no longer than six months. However, in men and women with a genetic predisposition it can trigger the permanent hair loss conditions Male Pattern Baldness
and, in women, Female Pattern Hair Loss
which display as gradual hair thinning which is confined to the top of the scalp and hairline only.
It is a common misnomer that hair loss is associated with 'old age' when, in actual fact, it can start any time following puberty. Premature hair loss
can also be triggered by a number of factors.
American newspaper the New York Post
published a story on this phenomenon, quoting various specialists, from dermatologists to hair stylists. Each confirmed that they were seeing more 20-something patients than previously - both men and women. This is a growing trend that Belgravia's hair loss specialists
have also noticed developing here in the UK over the past few years.
"Over the past 25 years of treating hair loss here at Belgravia we have certainly noticed a downward trend in the age of our patients
," explains Leonora Doclis
, senior hair loss specialist at The Belgravia Centre
flagship clinic in Central London. "Whilst the number of patients overall has increased across the age groups, many of those are men and women in their early 20s or sometimes even in their late teens. It has always been the case that women tended to start experiencing thinning hair later in life than men but now it is seemingly evening out, with more women coming to see us at an earlier age."
Doclis adds, "Stress is undoubtedly a factor in many of the cases we see whether it is telogen effluvium, androgenetic alopecia or alopecia areata. What many people don’t seem to be aware of, however, is that ‘stress’ can refer to the strain put on the inner workings of the body, not just the emotional stress that someone feels when they are sad or overwhelmed which tends to be what many people think of when the word ‘stress’ or ‘feeling stressed’ is mentioned. There are many modern issues that can contribute to physical stress, including having a diet based around convenience foods, which in some cases can cause dietary deficiencies or lead to an excessive sugar intake which has also been linked to thinning hair. Repeatedly staying up late checking social media is not good either even your follicles need their rest!"
Hair loss solutions
on millennials being far more image-conscious than previous generations back up the story's assertions that this group is also more proactive about getting help with their hair loss. Some could be doing more harm than good with their choices, though...
The Post reports on how Angelo David, a New York-based hairdresser, 'has seen a “tremendous” number of young and balding clients too: “The new hair extension
story is no longer short to long but thin to thick,” he says. “People want full and voluminous hair.” One of his most recent clients, in fact, was a college student just shy of her 20th birthday who had severe hair loss. “She was devastated,” he says, spending roughly $4000 on a customized, couture wig to cover up the issue'.
Hair extensions are notoriously bad for the scalp and, along with tight hairstyles, are a leading cause of the fully-preventable hair loss condition, Traction Alopecia
. This is not an advisable way to enhance thinning hair and especially not in the long term. As with any medical issue, it is best to address the issue early - something the Post article makes clear millennials are keen to do.
Anyone concerned about losing their hair for whatever reason is best advised to consult a hair loss specialist as soon as they can. That way a timely diagnosis of the condition can be arrived at and suitable recommendations for hair loss treatment
can be made based on their findings. These will frequently revolve around either or both of the clinically proven, MHRA licensed and FDA approved medications for genetic hair thinning, finasteride 1mg
(oral, men only) and high strength minoxidil
(topical, men and women). This pharmaceutical approach can also be supplemented by the use of appropriate hair growth supporting products
Anyone concerned that they're starting to look a little thin on top and are living in fear of the next photo tag can get advice, treatment and support from a reputable hair loss clinic. With professional assistance and a bespoke plan, there's no reason not to go from #hairlosshelp to #hairgoals.