Going Bald At 20-25?

A young guy with a receding hairline

Going bald when you’re young is terrifying.

Firstly, it makes no sense. “Don’t old guys go bald?” you think to yourself. I really shouldn’t be losing with much hair.

I remember when I first started losing my hair at a young age I didn’t even think I could possibly be going bald so I innocently called it malting, you know like dogs do because I thought it would just re-grow.

Little did I know this was the start of male pattern baldness. My hairline slowly started to recede, particularly around the temples. My forehead got bigger. I tried to cover the high receding hairline with my hair. It worked, for a little bit.

I remember when someone first mentioned that I had a receding hairline. I was probably around 17 at the time. I had to go and look it up and that’s when I found out about the M shaped pattern (widow’s peak) of male pattern baldness.

By the way, you can find out more about the difference between mature and receding hairlines here.

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From then on I was always paranoid about covering up my receding hairline. Going swimming sucked because the water would naturally uncover the gap at some point.

Windy days sucked.

Getting really sweaty sucked.

Girls playing with my hair sucked.

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Overall, going bald in my late teens and early twenties sucked!

Going bald was something I worried about probably every day after I realised that I probably had male pattern baldness.

A bowl of sugary cereal and milkLooking back I’m not surprised though – I was fully genetically predisposed for hair loss with a bald dad and a bald uncle from my mother’s side – but I had a terrible diet. At the time I didn’t even know what ‘healthy’ was. I probably knew that McDonalds wasn’t very healthy and vegetables were ‘good for you,’ whatever that phrase meant.

I’m absolutely sure that if I had known what I know now, that I would have never started balding. It was my dietary and lifestyle habits that were triggering a genetic predisposition to hair loss. I knew deep down that this was not natural

(Genetic predisposition is an important concept when it comes to pattern baldness. Diseases can run in families – this means you’re at higher risk of the disease, but it doesn’t mean getting the disease is inevitable. Hair loss is the same. The sensitive gene is present but their lifestyle and diet will determine whether that gene is triggered or not.)

Seriously, going bald at 20 – How can that be natural?

How can that be natural at any age? And the truth is, pattern hair loss is not natural. What I found was that ‘male pattern baldness’ just doesn’t happen in indigenous, healthy and stable tribes.

But if those same tribes people, without any incidence of male pattern baldness come over to modern society, suddenly they start experiencing hair loss.

Hair loss is actually a sign that something isn’t quite right with your body. It’s a sign that something unnatural is going on which is causing the hair follicles with wither and die.

For a long time it’s been known that DHT is the hormone responsible for hair loss. Drugs like finasteride block the enzyme (5-alpha-reductase) which is essential to making DHT, and so people who take finasteride often experience less hair loss, and even hair growth.

(DHT is converted from testosterone by the enzyme type 2 5-alpha-reductase.)

But DHT is a normal and natural hormone, and blocking it directly can have bad side effects. The truth that most people don’t understand is that it’s really DHT sensitivity that causes hair loss.

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Hairs at the front of the head are more sensitive to DHT than those at the back, which is why they fall out first. It’s also why when you transplant a hair from the back of the head to the front it stays there fine.

Is it something about our modern lifestyle that makes hair follicles more sensitive to DHT?

Yes that’s exactly what it is.

There are lots of things that make hair loss worse, for example stress, sedentary lifestyle like sitting at a desk all day, alcohol, smoking, tap water, chemicals in shampoos, hair wax, hairdryers, hair color dyes etc…

But (very simply put) the one big thing that causes hair loss more than any other is an unnatural sensitivity of hair follicles to DHT.

Realising this, I’ve been able to turn my hair loss around. I’ve stopped the hair from receding and thinning and there is even some re-growth happening, which I can speed up.

I know that if I stick to the techniques and habits that go me here, I don’t have to worry about hair loss. That’s clear to me know when I look at people I know who also started losing their hair at the same time as me. Their hair has got worse, whilst mine looks better.

That’s quite a gratifying feeling considering the insane amount of research and experimentation I’ve put it to get to this point.

I know it can feel hopeless sometime with hair loss, that’s why I created this website, to share with you the ways I stopped my hair loss. Why isn’t this mainstream yet? Because it’s hard. Saving your hair naturally isn’t like popping a pill, you have to make serious dietary and lifestyle changes.

Most people don’t care that much and only those searching hard for this information will make the most of it.

I don’t worry as much about hair loss these days, I know that if I stick with what works I’ll be fine. If you want to learn more then just browse this website. I’ve also created a course called ‘Hair Equilibrium‘ that covers the topic in as much detail as possible, but a lot of what you need to get started re-growing your hair is here on the site.

Going bald at 17, 20,22 or whenever sucks, but it’s not hopeless. However, it is much harder to re-grow your hair than to keep it in the first place which is why I recommend getting started right away.

Unfortunately there gets to a point where if the hair follicle dies completely it simply can’t be revived. So if you have parts of your scalp that are already shiny and don’t have any small, fine hairs then you won’t be able to re-grow hair on those patches using these techniques.

The good news is though, when you stop your hair loss and re-grow any fine hairs that were dormant and about to die you can always transplant in the little remaining area that has already died. It depends how far a long your hair loss is.

If you’re 20, then I recommend doing everything you can to keep your current hair. I wish I had known this information when I was 20.

Good luck, and if you have any questions, then please let me know by writing a comment below.

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Callam says July 29, 2017

I’m going bald at that back of my head fast, aged 25

    Will Hartfield says July 31, 2017

    Hi Callam, losing hair from the back of your head doesn’t sound like the typical pattern baldness. It could perhaps be another kind of hair loss. Do you have the typical m-shaped receding hairline?

      Fir Aliff says August 11, 2017

      Hey, I had the same prob too but im only 21 🙁 If you asked me, yeah i can see the receding hairline but it wasn’t as bad as at the back of the head. Im so afraid and often when i go out i wear cap cause I feel so ashamed 🙁

Vikash Kumar says June 22, 2017

I started losing my hair at just 17… and now i have almost lost 60 percent of my hair…. my scalp looks shiny but hair are all around on my head…. i am now 20 but some of my friends say u looks 22-23 year old…. what i can do plz help me…. i dont want to lose hair anymore….

    Will Hartfield says June 23, 2017

    Hi Vikash, going bald while you’re young can make you look older than you actually are. You need to act now to keep the remainder of your hair, and you also have a good chance to regrow some of it too. I suggest taking the quiz we have to get started.

Sahil Suman says June 2, 2017

I am in my 20’s and I’m at my stage 2 of male baldness pattern . The M shape on my forehead has increased drastically just over 1 year . I also think about the fact that water might also be a reason for hair loss. I need suggestions about going for a hair transplant because I have used some Ayurvedic shampoos available in the market but got no benefits out of it. And my background is that I am an Indian and currently in a B.tech collage in a hostel where mess food is really very shitty. One more thing I would like to add is that when I was around 12-13 years I used gel just after I shampooed myself which made my hair very rough and I also have curly hair which sums up all my hair problems which I deal daily. Please help

    Will Hartfield says June 2, 2017

    Hi Sahil. First thing is I don’t recommend shampooing, instead simply use 4 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar once per week. Secondly, if you are serious about saving your hair then you need to get your diet sorted. Eating ‘shitty’ food will only make things worse and make it basically impossible to stop your hair loss. There is a lot of information here about hair growth diets so I recommend reading those articles.

Dave says April 14, 2017

Im 28 and started noticing thinning hair in very early 20’s. I typically shave my head to avoid having that receding look. I 100% attribute the hair loss to lifetyle and stress. Im very intrigued by your methods but would like to know if its worth trying at this point.

    Will Hartfield says April 16, 2017

    Hi Dave, thanks for your comment. Yes losing your hair, especially at a young age can be extremely traumatic. Luckily, there is a lot you can do to stop any further loss and even regrow lost hair. I suggest taking the quiz and signing up for emails where I show you the steps that really work to reverse hair loss. There are two parts to this process. T

    he first is to reduce everything that causes hair to wither and die. The second is to boost and optimize everything that causes hair to grow. By doing this you reach an ‘equilibrium’ point where your hairline will start to regrow instead of recede.

    People are getting amazing results from doing this so take the quiz if you want to know more.

eric says March 9, 2017

I took your quiz. Sadly, the answers I gave were as of my early 20s, when my hairline started receding and had that ‘M shape’. I receded to Norwood 3, but mysteriously, the receding stopped there. The only explanation I can think of is that I gave up junk food and started eating more fresh fruit and veggies and started regular running and hiking. I lost a lot of weight and felt great. Until my early 50s, when suddenly my hair began to rapidly recede and I developed a bald spot in back. I panicked, thinking that I might have a serious medical condition, since I had not changed my good living habits. My doctor reassured me that I was still very healthy. Next stop: hair restoration specialist. He informed me that I had male pattern baldness and would eventually go completely bald on top. To my surprise and delight, my wife was thrilled that I was going bald and begged me to just let nature take its course. She confessed to me that she had always secretly wished that I would someday go bald and was delighted that her wish was finally coming true. Reluctantly, I agreed to just let myself go bald. Two things amaze me: First, how fast I went bald (less than two years to go completely bald on top). It was as if I was making up for lost time. Secondly, the sudden change in my attitude. Whereas I was panicked my wife would hate it, now thanks largely to her encouragement, I couldn’t go bald fast enough. It was a huge turn of for my wife and me. She still loves to sneak up behind me while I’m relaxing watching TV news or sports and kiss me on top of my bald head. I haven’t just adjusted to being bald. I really love being bald and wouldn’t ever try to regrow my hair. Not at my age. I’m in my 70s and it is quite normal for someone my age to be bald. The information you email to me I will pass on to my two sons, who, like me, face the likelyhood that they will eventually go bald. They are in their mid 30s and their hairlines are beginning to recede a little at their temples. I chose to go bald. They don’t have to. Oh, a third thing amazes me: that there are women out there who prefer bald men to men with a full head of hair. Thank God I am married to one of those women.

    Will Hartfield says March 15, 2017

    Thanks Eric, I agree, some men can pull off the bald look, Jason Statham, Vin Diesel, kelly Slater, and clearly you can as well. For us guys who are a bit younger I think we’re happy to have a fuller head of hair 🙂

Justin says January 30, 2017

Thanks Will for the information. My front head hair has been falling out a lot from when I was a teen. It’s so good to know Hair Loss Revolution and start reading every article on your blog.

Reena says January 24, 2017

My daughter age 22 has scanty hair n scalp is visible in places was born with thick hair but teeage fads bad unhealthy food have brought about this …also is a pitta aggravated quick tempered…plz help

Dollface Hair & Body says July 18, 2016

Hi Will, I often have male clients asking me about this. Thanks for sharing the info, now I have a bit more to share when the question comes again.

Willam says July 15, 2016

First of all: Nice name! My friends also call me Will. 😉

I have a few questions for you.

1) I have ‘peach fuzz’ on my temples where my hair has receded. That means the hair there is still rooted and alive?

2) I’m 32 and my hairline has receded from the temples on back, which started when I was 15. Since then my hair has thinned out a bit on top. The hairless at 15 started abruptly… Strands upon strands fell over over a period of a few months… Which was mortifying to me! However, since then my hair loss has slowed dramatically… Since I have these small peach fuzz like hairs on my temples, and although it’s been 17 years since the hair size shrunk drastically…. Do you think it’s possible to revive these hairs into thicker, terminal hairs?

3) I LOVE COFFEE! But I don’t know if it’s loving me! I know it’s highly acidic. Should I give it up. Be brutally honest. If you think it coffee is a BIG NO for maintaining healthy hair, just say so, and hasta luego espresso!


    Will Hartfield says July 16, 2016

    Hi William (best name ever:)
    Yes, some of those can hairs can be revived in my experience, but it does take time and effort. It’s when even the small fuzzy hairs fall out and the scalp seals over is when they’re basically gone for good. I would recommend using the derma roller and scalp elixir to get things going.

    About the coffee… mmmh, I’m not totally sure to be honest. Having never drunk coffee myself I haven’t researched and experimented on its effects, but yes something that is highly acidic is not going to help. Perhaps replacing it with green tea and filtered or bottled water would be a better alternative, or another tea that is high in antioxidants such as cold brewed hibiscus (which has more antioxidants than any other tea.)



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