Early Signs Of Balding

The earlier you catch it, the easier it is to deal with male pattern baldness. It’s much harder to re-grow new hair as opposed to keeping the hair you’ve already got.

In this article you’ll learn to identify the early signs of balding so that you can make an informed decision about what to do about it. You’ll learn what form of hair loss this is. And then ultimately, you’ll learn what to do about it. If you’re going bald at 20-25 then read this.

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Early signs of balding

Excessive amounts of hair on the pillow and in the shower

Firstly, male pattern baldness is not necessarily about how many hairs you shed each day (so don’t go counting them) it’s more about how quickly you are replacing them.

Becoming paranoid and worrying about each hair that is lost won’t help with your stress levels either.

Pattern hair loss and receding hairline

The other thing to take note is that common blading takes place in a pattern (that’s why it’s known as male or female pattern baldness) so seeing clumps of hair come out will usually mean you have a different kind of hair loss.


MPB starts at the temples and forehad and typically recedes over time. The hairs at the front becomes thin and wispy over time and eventually fall out due to hair follicle miniazturization. However, there is a difference between a mature and receding hairline.

You can also find out more about if a high hairline will later lead to male pattern baldness here.

DHT (the male hormone that is believed to be primarily responsible for pattern baldness) causes hair follicle miniaturization where the dermal papilla is starved on the nutrients and minerals and oxygen it needs to grow.

DHT also causes hair to go in to a ‘dormant’ or ‘resting phase’ so hair that falls out isn’t replaced.

Itchy, flaky Scalp

One of the first signs may be an itchy scalp. This can be caused by a build up of sebum on the scalp and is often a precursor to dandruff and hair loss.

This isn’t necessarily a cause of effect of hair loss, but the two are often correlated. This is an excellent guide to help naturally remove the DHT from your scalp which may help.

Hair takes longer to grow

Because pattern hair loss comes from hair follicles entering a resting phase, as well as often being starved on nutrients and minerals, quite often your hair will take longer to grow after a hair cut.

There are other factors involved as well and it can be hard to tell for sure but this often an early warning sign.

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Thin wispy hair

Hair follicles typically get thinner, less radiant and lose some of their shine before eventually falling out.

So if the front of your hairline around the temples and forehead seems to be getting thinner, and more wispy then this is fairly typical of male pattern baldness.

Consider your relatives

The mainstream convention is that hair loss is genetic, and while that is true to some extent, it doesn’t tell the whole truth. It’s actually more of a ‘genetic predisposition‘ which means it’s more likely that you’ll suffer from male pattern baldness but it isn’t guaranteed.

It also means that there are things you can do to prevent hair loss. Anyway, when you are looking for early signs of balding, you might want to consider your relatives (on both side of the family tree) to see if any of them suffer from pattern baldness.

Fathers, Uncles, and Grandfathers will give you a good indictor of the likelihood that you might be seeing the beginning stages of male pattern baldness.

What are your options?

The earlier you catch pattern hair loss, the easier it is to do something about it. It’s incredibly hard to re-grow hair where it has been completely lost and the dermal papilla has healed over.

You may want to consider taking Propecia, which is a drug that can help prevent any further hair loss. However, many men find that the side-effects just aren’t worth the risk.

Luckily, there is a better option which is 100% natural. This option involves dietary and lifestyle changes such as alkalising the blood, reducing glycemic index and removing foods from your diet that could be causing a delayed allergic reaction to your hair.

These are all things you can find here. I also have a course that will show you exactly how to beat your hair loss naturally.

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23 thoughts on “Early Signs Of Balding

  1. If you want me to answer any questions you have on the early warning signs of going bald just leave me a comment in the box above.

    • Hi Will,

      Im 18 and I don’t know if I’m receding as one side is higher than the other but it’s been like that since I’ve been born but it’s got just a tad higher in the last few years on the higher side the other side is completely fine just wondering what your thoughts are on the matter?

      • Hi Matthew, it’s hard to tell from your description, but it does sound like your hairline could be receding. It would be useful to know if pattern hair loss is common in your family. If you think you are losing your hair it would be wise move to take action now to stop any further loss. It’s much harder to regrow hair than it is to stop losing it.

  2. Hey Will, just found out about your website. My father, and his father is bald, my moms side is fine. I inherited my hair type from my mother, all the people with this type of hair did not have hair loss at all. I am not seeing symptoms yet,but my scalp is itchy and I have deandruffs, this is for about a year now, also I have very greasy hair, I am 17, so it might be puberty. I got some products from a trichologist (a lot of people are skeptical about them) but the products worked great, removed everything. I still tend to get greasy hair, so I have to wash everyday with a shampoo, if I dont do it for like 2 days, I start getting itchy scalp and dandruff again. When I used the products first, seen an improvement imidietaly, and my scalp was ok after 3 days. It was like this for 3 months, so I took the products again, and it became fine (I had longer hair and was not drying them). Right now it was getting a bit worse in the winter again, but I wonder, could this be a symptom ? I am not seeing any miniturazition or thinning at all 🙂

    • Hello Jaroslav. Good on you for taking decisive action and working to prevent any hair loss before it happens. You may be fine, but it’s hard to tell at this point since you’re still young. I have have particularly greasy hair then this could be a sign that your diet needs adjusting. For example, I would recommend taking a pint of warm lemon water each morning before breakfast (3 squeezed lemons) to help break down some of the unhealthy oils in your body. If you do start seeing thinning or recession then I highly recommend starting Hair Equilibrium to stop any further loss.It’s easier to keep your existing hair than to regrow lost hair (though it’s definitely not impossible).

  3. I am 24, started around age 19 after serious thinning and a lot of frontal hair loss. Finasteride (Propecia) has made my hair loss stop completely so far. No side effects that I notice, I take half a pill every day (.5mg).

    • Okay, well Propecia isn’t something that I personally recommend. After all, hair loss is a symptom of a bigger health problem and masking that symptom with a powerful pharmaceutical is not the best option. Especially when there are natural ways to stop and reverse hair loss available. Thanks for your comment Jose. Will

  4. Hey there… I’m 17 right now and I have itchy scalp full of dandruff. I wash my hair every day. If I don’t wash it then my hair get starting too greasy and dandruff increases. I have thin hair as compared to my friends and the volume of my hair too is less. So are these early signs of balding??

    • Hi Tanishq, these could be early signs. I recommend that you don’t wash your hair every day. The regime I recommend is to wash your hair once per week, with apple cider vinegar (4 teaspoons.)

      If your hair gets greasy very quickly, and you also have dandruff this is probably to do with your diet. Your hormones also play a big role at your age. Try to eat more plant based foods and remove fried foods and dairy from your diet.

      Of course there is a lot more you can do but this will get you started.


  5. Hi, so I’m 20 years old and already I’m experiencing male pattern baldness, but not in the way that you have described. See, my real problem is that I just don’t seem to have as much hair in the middle of my scalp as I do on the sides. I don’t really actually see much hair falling out of my head, but my hair is definitely noticeably thinner in the middle than on the sides, although all of my hair has generally been very thin and wispy. Recently, I shaved my head, and now that I am seeing the beginnings of hair regrowth, I DEFINITELY notice how much less (or thinner, I don’t really know) hair I have on the middle than on the sides. My question is, is there anything I can do to change this? Again, I really don’t notice a lot of my hair falling out, I think it’s just much thinner in the middle. Happy to answer any questions put forth.

    • Hi Will, I’m not sure since this doesn’t sound like pattern baldness, it could be some other kind of alopecia. I would firstly make sure you’re not deficient in any important nutrients or minerals as this can often cause diffusive thinning.

  6. I’m 18 I have the m shaped hairline and over some years its more dominantly notifiable I would say but still normal at my point and it’s hard to say because I’m my family my dad is bald and my mom side my uncle is bald but my grandpa’s have very thick hair and I have my mom’s hairline so I’m in between and I have been on a low carb 20 carbs or lower a day diet and take men’s daily vitamins everyday and my hair seems to be very healthy sometimes my forehead gets oily but only after I sweat it’s just my hairlines seemed to of got higher but I was wondering if I should take a certain vitamin like biotin maybe and would like a suggestion

    • Hi Sam, thanks for the interesting comment. It’s hard to say whether you’re predisposed to hair loss. I would definitely keep a close eye on your hair. We don’t necessarily advocate a low carb diet (not that it’s a bad thing) its more about staying away from carbs that would spike your blood sugar. For some people gluten can also be a trigger for inflammation that leads to hair loss.

      As for vitamins and minerals, biotin might be worth taking, but a healthy diet is the first priority. Vitamin K2 is also a worthy suggestion because it will help reduce the scalp calcification which could lower blood flow to the scalp causing hair loss later.

  7. I’m 17 years old and I have just received chemotherapy of leukemia ,my dad is bald but my mother’s dad and brothers are not bald but my hairs start falling and M shape is start making over my head .Will I also become bald if yes then what should I do to prevent baldness please give me some tips

    • I haven’t looked into regrowing hair after chemotherapy, so I can’t really offer a good opinion on that. Given your dad is bald there is a chance you’ll start losing hair to pattern baldness as well. I would suggest reading lots of articles on the blog and taking action. The Hair Equilibrium Program would also be highly recommended for you. Send me an email to will (at) hairlossrevolution.com and we can make sure you get access to that.

  8. Hi, I was on isotretinoin for 3 months and 3 months after finishing my course I noticed a rapid onset of hairfall. Majority of the hairs I have been shedding since 6 months are with a sort of white bulb at one end. My temporal regions are thin and I notice heavy thinning and shedding around the time my hair starts itching. Is this temporary or permanent? My father has a full hair of head but 2 out of 3 uncles on my maternal side and my maternal grandfather are bald.

    • Its hard to say but it sounds like it is related to the medication. This kind of hair loss is usually very reversible, though I don’t know enough about the medication to give you specific tips. I would start by optimising your diet to reduce inflammation and maximise hair growing nutrition.

  9. Hi..Will.I am 18 years old..I have been having continous thinning for 3 years..my hairline has gotten m shaped and I see bald paches on the temple and less hair on the crown..my hair now almost looks like jason statham’s in The One.. will my hair regrow?

    • Hi Shahriar, I just had a look at Jason Statham in ‘The One’ and see what you mean. This is quite severe pattern baldness for an 18 year old. I think that at this point it will be almost impossible for you to have fully thick hair (without a hair transplant) but I certainly think that using our methods you would be able to stop any further thinning/recession and might even be able to regrow some. My general rule of thumb is that reverting back to 3-5 years ago is about as good as you can expect with natural methods. I hope this helps.

  10. Hello, my name is Vaughan. I’m 17 years old, and I’m just really scared I’m going bald, I’ve got thinish hair, I don’t know any family members that are bald, I don’t know anyone on my moms side but there’s know one on my dads. How can I tell if I’m starting to go bald at this age?

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