Question: Hi I’m a 19 year old white male. A few months ago i was experimenting with my hair and ultimately ended up shaving my head, before my hair had some decent thickness but I’ve noticed that its grown back thinner than before. Significantly thinner.
Answer: Hi, Lane. This is something we hear a lot at Belgravia as many men only start to notice signs of hair loss such as thinning or receding, once they cut their hair.
Despite this common explanation that male pattern baldness (MPB) clients often give regarding their thinning, there is no reason why healthy hair should grow back thinner after shaving your head.
It is most likely the case that your hair was thinning on top when it was longer, but as the length could disguise the scalp, it wasn’t immediately obvious. After shaving your head, however, as the hair comes through and there is less length to give the appearance of a greater density, how fine the hair is becomes more noticeable.
Genetic hair loss in men can become active any time following puberty and causes the hair of those affected to gradually thin around the top of the scalp or form a receding hairline. This happens when testosterone in the body is converted to DHT which, in those with an inherited predisposition to male pattern baldness, binds to the hair follicles and gradually crushes them. That is why this permanent condition displays as increasingly thinner hair over time and can eventually lead to baldness if the follicles are completely destroyed.
At 19 years of age you are eligible to use both of the primary male pattern hair loss treatments which have been clinically-proven for this purpose in addition to being both MHRA licensed and FDA approved. These can also be used alongside supplementary hair growth supporting products and a consultation with a hair specialist can help you to ascertain which choices are best for your particular situation, once a professional diagnosis of your hair loss condition has been made.
The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. 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 world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.