Many people across the world relate hair loss to old age; this is true, as there is a connection between age and natural hair loss. However, hair loss isn’t just something that occurs when you are middle aged or an elder; it can affect those still in their youth, which in turn can affect their daily lives.
Male Baldness at an Early Age
One of the most well known causes of male baldness at an early age is a condition that has plagued males of any age for decades; male pattern baldness. This condition, on a statistics level, affects around half of all men by the age of 50 and tends to start, in some cases, in the late twenties or early thirties.
The condition starts off with a build up of testosterone in the hair follicles within the scalp which is then broken down into a hormone known as dihydrotestosterone, commonly referred to as DHT. The DHT then attaches to a receptor within the hair follicle, which causes it to physically shrink in size. This means that the hair follicle is no longer able to regrow, leading to physical hair loss and a lack of hair growth.
What Can Cause Early Male Baldness?
There are a whole host of things that could cause early onset male baldness within younger adults. We have discussed one already – a build-up of testosterone in the hair follicles leading to male pattern baldness – but there are some other important causes that you should know about.
One of them is stress; in the busy, fast paced society that we currently live in, stress is one of the most common mental strains that the younger generation has to deal with. However, with this high level of stress comes a high level of hair loss, which can be emotionally draining.
In some cases, even the phenomena referred to as the man bun can cause early male baldness! The reason? Traction alopecia. This is where you have a tight bun at the top or back of your head, but it pulls on your hair with excessive force. This results in the cuticles closest to the forehead being broken and resulting in hair loss. So, if you choose this hairstyle, be careful how tight you tie it.
So, What Are People Doing About It?
This month saw the international month known as Movember that raises awareness for men’s health, from prostate and testicular cancer to mental health issues and things such as early male baldness. In the current younger generation, there is a greater emphasis on hairstyles, from man buns to fading haircuts, as it shows style and confidence.
Male baldness, especially for the younger generation, can really affect their confidence and, in the worst-case scenario, their mental health, so it is important to ensure that the stimuli that can cause early male baldness is reduced as much as possible. Whether that be changing hair style to reducing the amount of stress in your life, these contribute to a healthy, happier head of hair.
At DHI Manchester, we understand how hard early male baldness can be, which is why we are always available if you have any questions about this sensitive topic. We offer free consultations so that we can discuss anything from how to deal with early male baldness to the possible solutions.