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.
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.
Looking 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.