Baldness is often associated with old age, so it is not surprising that losing your hair in your 20s can be an upsetting experience. In this blog, we tell you what you can do about it.
What causes premature balding?
The most common reason why men experience hair loss in their 20s is the early onset of androgenetic alopecia, also known as male pattern baldness. The condition is caused by a genetic sensitivity to DHT. Androgenetic alopecia usually develops in a man’s 30s and around 50% of men have signs of it by age 50. However, it can also occur at a younger age, with some men starting to lose their hair in their teens. Other conditions that can cause hair loss in your 20s include thyroid disorders, auto-immune disorders, stress and dietary deficiencies.
Alternatives to going bald
Effective hair restoration treatments mean that going bald is no longer inevitable – it’s a choice. There is a good range of treatments available that can help younger men with hair loss to get their hair back.
Hair regrowth medications
Hair regrowth medications are a practical solution for many younger men who are experiencing hair loss. The only two FDA-approved medicines for androgenetic alopecia are minoxidil and finasteride. Minoxidil is a liquid that is applied directly to the zones of hair loss and finasteride is a capsule, taken by mouth. Both products can provide great results when used consistently and are helpful in preventing further hair loss, as well as stimulating the follicles to produce new growth.
Hair transplant surgery
Hair transplant surgery offers a permanent solution to hair loss. It is becoming increasingly popular among the younger generation, perhaps due to the influence of celebrities who have had the treatment. FUT (strip method) and FUE hair transplants use the patient’s own hair, usually harvested from the back of the head, to fill out the areas of hair loss. The procedure allows the patient to regrow their hair for a completely natural result.
Scalp micro pigmentation
An excellent option for young men who prefer a shaved hairstyle is scalp micro pigmentation. This non-surgical technique simulates the look of short, stubbly hair growth through the application of pigments to the scalp. It creates the effect of full, evenly dense shaved hair and requires virtually no on-going maintenance.