Going Bald At 20-25 Years Old? – My Story About Beating Hair Loss

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.

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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.

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.

44 thoughts on “Going Bald At 20-25 Years Old? – My Story About Beating Hair Loss

  1. 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!

    Thanks

    • 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.)

      Thanks

      Will

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

    • 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 🙂

  5. 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.

    • 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.

  6. 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

    • 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.

  7. 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….

    • 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.

    • 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?

      • 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 🙁

  8. I am 15 and I m shedding 30 hairs per day. My hair is good I would say, and back side is also not that bad. But hair keeps falling. WheneverI ran my head through the scalp I get 3 4 hairs. My mom doesn’t have that good hair, so does my maternal grand parents. But my father’s side have very good hair. Even my 60 y/o grandfather isn’t bald. What can I do help? Is it genetic?

    • Hi Prithak, I wouldn’t focus too much on the number of hairs lost each day. Look at your hairline and hair thickness and see if it decreasing over time. At your age there is a lot you can do to keep your hair. For starters, I would recommend alkalising your body and removing foods that could cause you allergic reactions, leading to inflammation. Also make sure you don’t use any chemical shampoos or hot water on your hair. That’s a simple way to get started and protect your hair.

  9. Hi Will. I have a question regarding on my hair loss problem. Currently, I’m still on my 19 but I already have that M-shaped on my hairline which is really absurd and devastating for me. I met a doctor one month ago and he prescribed me with ketoconazole shampoo. The result is quite impressive as my hair didn’t feel itchy anymore. The thing is, the hair on my hairline is still not growing as much as the other parts of my head but the fine hair didn’t fall out. Is it going to be like that or is there anything that I should consider to make it grow back?

    • Hi David, I understand where you are coming from. Losing hair at a young age is not a nice experience. Luckily, there is a lot more you could be doing besides the shampoo. Honestly I don’t know how much this will help in the long term. To get you started, you’ll probably have to adjust a few things in your diet and lifestyle to stop further loss/ regrow lost areas. A simple thing to get started would be to use a dermaroller (or even better a dermastamp) along the hairline. Remember though, pattern baldness starts from the inside out. It’s basically a sign that your body is out of balance. So try to sort that out as well.

  10. Does hair fall occurs from all sides including the back of head when we suffer from pattern baldness, I am not talking about receding hairline or hair loss, just hair fall..?

    • By ‘hair fall’, do you mean ‘thinning’? Typically the majority of hair is lost from the front. If you have thinning hair all over then this might not be androgenetic alopecia.

      • Yes, the frontal hair loss is more as compared to other sides, but I can notice thin hair on sides and back too. Now, I can see my scalp easily when I comb, this shows that hair is thinning and falling from other sides too, I would say it’s androgenetic alopecia because I am losing hair from temples and the hair line is also receding. My scalp feels itchy from nearly 5 years and my hair fall problem started nearly 18 months ago…

  11. What if I love male pattern baldness? What if I want to go bald? Since I was a little child I’ve always secretly desired to do so, but I didn’t dare openly admit it, fearing everyone would think I was crazy. My last year in college several of my classmates, all of them still in their 20s were losing hair. One classmate went male pattern bald in about one year. I felt sorry for them, but at the same time I was insanely jealous of them. I fought those feelings, but finally had to admit (to myself), that I loved male pattern baldness and I wanted to lose my hair. But I was afraid of what people would think and feared that no woman would want me. Silly me, all my balding classmates had steady girlfriends and the bald guy was engaged to one of the prettiest girls on campus. But would any girl want ME if I was bald? Then my hairline started to recede a little. I panicked, as I didn’t even have a steady girlfriend. When my hairline stopped receding, I was relieved, but at the same time, disappointed. After my wife and I were married, for decades I would check my hairline, hoping and praying for my hairline to recede and for a bald spot to develop in back. My wish finally came true in my early 50s, as I began to lose hair in front and in back. To my delight, my wife was thrilled that I was and begged me to just let myself go. I did and in less than two years I was totally hairless on top, with only the usual fringe on hair on the sides and back.
    Going bald was one of the best things that ever happen to me. I thoroughly enjoyed finding hundreds of hairs on my pillow every morning and wads of hair clogging the shower drain. My wife loves it as much as I do and she loves kissing me on top of my smooth head. What a turn on! For me, male pattern baldness is a normal, natural inherited trait and not a disease in need of a cure. I have been bald for almost 20 years and I love it more than ever. Perhaps it’s because I lost hair later in life and married a woman who adores bald men like me.

    • Fair enough, I understand it. And I agree, some women love bald men. Guys like Jason Statham and Kelly Slater are heroes of mine and certainly don’t suffer in the romance department because of their lack of hair (Gisele Bundchen and Rosie Huntington-Whitely to name a few of their romances, and possibly two of the most beautiful women of earth.) However, losing hair at a younger age is clearly traumatic for some people, so this website is for them 🙂
      Will

  12. I am now 25. I am suffering from hair loss & baldness for 5 yrs. What type of treatment i should have. Do i have any other disease. If i go to a dermatologist they wil help me to identify what disease i have or they treat simply giving tablets or lotions without idenyifying actual disease?. Plz help me

    • Hi Shamla,

      A dermatologist should be able to pinpoint the cause of your hair loss. Now, that doesn’t mean you must follow their recommendations (especially if they recommend minoxidil or finasteride). However, you need to understand the cause before you can begin effective treatment.

      – Steph

  13. My hairs were becoming white so i started colouring them. Then I have been losing my hairs since last 5 years and are very thin now. I am panicked. Can I regrow my hairs.

    • Hair dyes are not a good idea. Putting any kind of chemicals on your hair or scalp will have a negative long term impact. That’s why I always recommend completely natural shampoos etc.

  14. I honestly don’t understand how this shit happened, like I pisses me off. I had great hair 14 – 19 (early 19). Now I’m 20, going 21 and my hair is thinning, now I just don’t know what to do anymore.

  15. Bunch of weakasses in the comment section, I literally started rocking a near bald look at around 16. All of a sudden girls talked to me more at school and got more looks for some reason. All you need is the confidence to rock a bald head, I’m 21 now and can tell my hairline is receiding but it doesn’t effect me at all, I like being bald, I look better that way, y’all need to grow some cojones

  16. Hello Will,

    Please take some time to read my short history and the questions I have for you. I am very excited about what I read on your website and might become a lifetime potential client for you.

    I’m 23 years old and since I was 20 I realized I have a mild form of diffuse thinning hair (which by now, 3 years later has become a little bit worse). Ever since then I’ve been using Minoxidil being an on and off user due to the side effects I get, mostly dark circles under my eyes and bad facial skin. At the moment I m struggling finding the right dose, but the problem is that when I’m getting very good results I m also getting noticeable side effects and when I’m getting just small hair regrowth results I m also getting no side effects. The problem is that I’ve been looking for the past weeks for a solution to get good results and no side effects. I have finally found your website.

    As you probably realize, I can see the logic in what you re saying about your natural treatment but at the same time I am still a bit skeptic as for how effective it could be. That s why I wanna start by making a plan for myself for the future months and I wanted to ask you what you think of it. My plan would look as the following one:

    The products I would start using would be the following: Grogenix Scalp Elixir, Grogenix Caffeine Shampoo, Grogenix Essential Supplements, Grogenix Hair Rinse Tonic, Adjustable Dermastamp, 1.75 ml 2% Minoxidil.

    My plan is the following:
    Using the Dermastamp + Grogenix Scalp Elixir + 0.75 ml 2% Minoxidil (before bed) every night
    Using Grogenix Caffeine Shampoo – 2x times a week
    Using Grogenix Essential Supplements – 1x a day
    Using Grogenix Hair Rinse Tonic every morning shower when I wash my hair ( Can I Only use the Hair Rinse Tonic when I m washing my hair without any shampoo in the morning?)
    Using 1 ml 2% minoxidil every morning.

    The reason why I want to keep on using minoxidil in a very small dose is because I m worried not to lose hair in the future, yet I don t get any side effects from such a small dose.

    What do you think of this plan and what suggestions would you have for me?

    Thank you so much,

    Gabriel L. Maniga

    • Hello Gabriel, thanks for your comment.
      Firstly, you shouldn’t focus only on a topical treatment. I know you’ve included the supplements in your regime, but the first step to regrowth is optimising your diet. Without doing this, you will be fighting a losing battle using only topicals.
      Secondly, you need to be following a daily regime to reduce scalp tension and increase blood flow to the scalp.
      Only after you’ve done these two things should you start to think about sprays and shampoos etc.
      Personally I don’t like using minoxidil, even in small doses. From the feedback we’ve had our Scalp Elixir is just more effective and completely natural. So why risk the side effects of those harsh chemicals?
      The plan you suggested here (without the minox) is good though. I would just suggest checking out Hair Equilibrium so your body is primed for regrowth as efficiently as possible.
      Hope that makes sense.
      Will

      • Thank you so much for the answer Will.
        I am planning on giving a try to some of your products.
        If I am going to use the Grogenix Hair Rinse Tonic every morning shower when I wash my hair, do I still have to use a shampoo before, or this tonic is all I need to use? At the moment I am using Alpecin C1 Shampoo every morning and I would like to replace this habit with something better for my hair and scalp. What do you think?

        • Hi Gabriel, the hair rinse tonic is a daily thing, it won’t clean the hair, it just provides ingredients to stimulate growth. We don’t want to clean the hair too much. So if you use the shampoo once or twice per week then there’s no real need to use the tonic on the same day. I would certainly stop using Alpecin C1, the SLS in it will damage your scalp.

  17. I started taking Multivitamin pills daily around February,2018, and then started taking Biotin and Fish Oil supplements daily around March also, and as a result I started noticing my crown start to to get thinner and my temples started to recede as time went by. I stopped taking the Fish oil and biotin supplements first thinking that was the problem, then I stopped taking the multivitamin pills. Its been around a month now and my crown is still pretty thin, and my temples are also not borderline thin but not as full as they used to be. My question to you is did I somehow screw up my hormones now or something to the point to where I cant grow my hair like I used to because I took these supplements? Is this temporary, and will my hair go back since I stopped taking the supplements? Do I need to go see a doctor about this? What are your recommendations to how I can get my hair back to the way it used to be ? It would mean the world to me if you replied! Thank You!

    • Hello Alex, I see no reason that those supplements would have made things worse. The only issue might be if the fish oil was oxidised before you consumed it, which can be common with some of the supplements (did you keep it in your fridge.) Anyway, even then I don’t think that could be the reason. Another possible answer is that the older (unhealthy) hairs are being replaced by healthier hairs, hence shedding. However, this probably isn’t the reason either. Your hair loss development is probably just continuing like normal with little affect from the supplements. Seeing a doctor might be a good idea as things will continue to get worse most likely. Please take a look at our Hair Equilibrium program and Grogenix product range. That’s probably how you’ll have most success getting your hair back.

  18. “I was fully genetically predisposed for hair loss with a bald dad and a bald uncle from my mother’s side”

    Exact same situation. I’m not convinced that I can stop my hair from falling out though. It seems to me that my hairline was always terrible even from early childhood, that hairloss would be inevitable eventually.

    I’ve heard about Skull Expansion theory that hairloss is caused by frontal cranium expansion during/after puberty, which rapidly changes the natural hairline for some people who unluckily go bald. Have you wrote an article about this theory?

    I don’t think hairloss can be stopped. Accepting baldness seems to me to be the only way of dealing with hairloss, while improving my confidence by accepting what I am.

    • Scalp tension is one of the biggest true causes of pattern baldness. One of the reasons for scalp tension can be skull expansion. However there are ways to reduce scalp tension and thereby restore hair health. We are working on amazing device as we speak. So stay tuned.

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