Hair loss is a sign of ageing and it can add years onto one’s appearance. However, hair loss is not restricted to older men and women. In fact, there are several conditions that can cause thinning and baldness in younger people.
Hereditary Hair Loss
The most common type of hair loss is androgenetic alopecia. It is a hereditary condition, which means that it is inherited genetically from one’s parents. If they experienced hair loss at an early age, it is likely that you will too.
Traction alopecia is hair loss resulting from tension on the hair follicles which causes them to be pulled out. It is particularly common in young women who frequently style their hair in tight ponytails, buns or braids. The condition can also develop if you wear heavy hair extensions for extended periods.
Telogen effluvium is a hair loss condition that can be triggered by stress. It alters the natural hair growth cycle resulting in excessive shedding and usually occurs around three months following a stressful event. Young people often develop telogen effluvium after times of challenge and change, for example when starting a new job or studying for exams.
Alopecia areata can begin at any age but usually develops before 30. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles resulting in round patches of hair loss. The triggers for alopecia areata are still not fully understood, however, there is evidence that genetic factors are involved.
Thyroid disorders are common in young people and in many cases remain undiagnosed. The symptoms can be subtle and include fatigue and difficulty maintaining a healthy weight. Under- and over-active thyroid glands can also result in generalised hair thinning across the whole of the scalp.
I’m Too Young To Lose My Hair!
If you are experiencing premature hair loss, don’t give up hope. Vinci Hair Clinics are specialists in treating hair loss conditions like those mentioned above. They provide a choice of state of the art hair restoration solutions, with options including medication, LLLT Laser Cap Therapy, PRP Therapy, Micro Scalp Pigmentation and hair transplants.