Most men will eventually experience some degree of balding. But the hope is that it doesn’t start until you reach your 50s or 60s. Unfortunately, many men begin balding as soon as their 20s. What gives?
Causes of Premature Balding
Male pattern baldness, which is the most common type of hair loss, accounts for roughly 95 percent of hair loss in men. And while some men are able to escape hair loss until their later years, other men experience it early in life.
Approximately one in four men will experience balding before they reach the age of 21, while two out of three men will suffer some hair loss by the time they reach age 35. In other words, losing hair in your 20s is not uncommon. But just because it happens doesn’t mean it’s something you just want to embrace.
Though genetics play a big role in male pattern baldness, there are ways to push back. And if you know how to address it, you may be able to stop and reverse hair loss.
3 Primary Ways to Address Balding in Your 20s
There are a number of hair loss treatment options on the market. However, many of them come with risks and side effects. If you want to address your early onset of hair loss in a safe and pain-free way, these are your best three options:
Your body needs adequate vitamins and nutrients to supply hair follicles with the resources needed to grow hair. If you’re lacking in any one area, it could have a negative effect on hair growth.
If you’re experiencing hair loss in your 20s, the first step is to optimize your diet. The second step is to include supplements to ensure adequate intake of iron, zinc, folic acid, biotin, and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Protein is also important.
As always, consult with your doctor before making any significant changes to your diet and/or vitamin and supplement use. Excessive use of certain vitamins could actually have a negative impact on your overall health.
- Laser Therapy
Using supplements to achieve the proper balance of vitamins and nutrients is a great foundational strategy. However, if you want to be a bit more proactive, you may try laser therapy.
Laser therapy, also known as low level laser therapy (LLLT), uses a laser cap to increase blood flow stimulation in the problematic areas of your scalp. This cellular absorption rejuvenates the scalp, regenerates hair follicles, and encourages telogen follicles to reenter the growth phase.
You have to be patient with LLLT, but it almost always produces positive results. Treatments are typically done for 30 minutes every other day. Best of all, it can be done in the comfort of your own home.
There are a couple of FDA approved medications on the market, including minoxidil (Rogaine) and finasteride (Propecia). Rogaine is an over-the-counter topical hair loss treatment that comes in a liquid or foam. Propecia is an oral prescription that’s designed to reduce levels of DHT (which is the hormone that accelerates hair loss).
If you consult with your doctor and it’s determined that there are other underlying causes for your hair loss, you may also be able to try corticosteroids. These are oral or injected medications that help reduce inflammation and encourage healthy hair growth.
The Art of Balding With Grace
Depending on your personality and the extent of your hair loss, you might decide you’re better off embracing your balding as a new look. And if that’s you, more power to you!
As men’s style expert Brett McKay puts it, “Your worth as a man isn’t tied up with how much hair you have on your head. If you don’t make a big deal out of your hair, no one else will either.”
There are plenty of hairstyles that work for balding men, including clean-shaven or buzz cut. You could also choose to focus on your facial hair, which may give you a wise yet grizzly look.
The point is that you have to embrace something. Whether you want to pursue hair growth options like supplements, laser therapy, and medication, or you’d prefer to accept what’s happening and discover a new style, the choice is yours. Make one and stick with it!