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 hair loss treatments which have been clinically-proven to prevent shedding and help regrow hair in cases of MPB. These are the daily oral pill finasteride 1mg which prevents the production of DHT, and the topical treatment minoxidil which is applied directly to the areas at issue. Belgravia’s hair loss specialists have seen many successes from clients following personalised combination programmes featuring finasteride alongside bespoke recommendations of high strength minoxidil from the clinics’ pharmacies. These treatments can also be used alongside hair growth boosters to maximise your hair’s potential and improve its condition.
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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.