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Hair Loss in Your 20’s and 30’s

My hair is thinning! Hair loss affects people at various ages for a number of reasons…

A change in hormones, improper diet, stress, unhealthy hair habits, genetics, medical conditions, illness, and even cosmetic procedures such as bleaching or perming hair can answer the question, “Why is my hair thinning?”

Many people assume hair loss is a problem that primarily affects older men and even fewer older women, and while there is some truth to that – generally speaking as you age your rate of hair growth slowshair falling out and thinning hair can affect men and women of any age.

Thinning hair, hair loss, and other hair-related issues can affect people as young as in their teens and early twenties. Some cannot begin to imagine what this must be like, as it is discouraging enough to think about hair loss as we get older, but hair falling out and hair loss at a young age is more common than you might think.

In fact, an estimated 40% of men will have noticeable hair loss by age 35, and an estimated 40% of women will have visible hair loss by the time they are 40.

Hair Loss Progression infographic

While hair loss at a young age can be alarming, it’s important to remember that the earlier thinning hair is noticed and any potential issue is diagnosed, the easier it may be to treat.

The solution may be as simple as a minor adjustment in diet or it may be part of a bigger health problem. Regardless, identifying the issue early is crucial when battling hair loss.

Whether or not there is a hair loss cure for your particular situation, you can discover how to take better care of yourself and your hair by knowing what to look for early on, gathering the facts, and taking any preventative measures to help minimize future damage.

Read on to learn about how you can help overcome hair loss, and the emotional toll that comes with it at a young age…

What to Look For

Being aware of your hair’s health and its growth pattern is the first step to getting ahead of hair loss.

Ask yourself: Are there more strands of hair falling out in your hair brush than normal? Is there a large amount of hair on your pillow when you wake up in the morning?

Visual cues are a great way to determine if you’re beginning to lose more hair than normal.

For men, thinning hair usually starts with either a receding hairline or thinning at the crown of the head.

Man losing hair, baldness

Women on the other hand begin to notice thinning hair around their part, as it gradually becomes wider. They may also notice that when their hair is pulled back they are able to see more of the scalp than before.

woman losing hair

If you notice scalp irritation like dry or flaky skin, discoloration like red skin, or you begin to see small bald patches appear on your scalp, you should go to the doctor immediately so that he or she can assess the situation. This type of hair loss can be a reaction to something else going on with your body.

Seeing any of these signs can cause serious concern, especially at a young age. Stressing yourself out however, isn’t going to do your hair any good.

While we understand the emotional toll hair loss can cause, there are still plenty of options available to you. Again, be sure to look for early signs so you can potentially reverse what is happening to your hair with a hair loss cure.

True/False

There is a wealth of information available on the topics of thinning hair, hair growth, hair loss cures, and the like. Let’s take a moment to clarify some important myths about hair loss…

True/False: Hair loss is hereditary.
True. Hair loss can be hereditary. Hereditary hair loss is called androgenetic alopecia, or for males, male pattern baldness, and for females, female pattern baldness. Androgenetic alopecia occurs when a hair follicle sheds, and the hair that replaces it is thinner and finer than what was there previously. The hair follicles continue to shrink and eventually hair stops growing altogether. However, contrary to popular belief, hereditary hair loss is not only inherited from the maternal side – it can be passed down from either the mother’s or father’s genes – but is more likely to occur if both parents have this issue.

True/False: Over-shampooing causes hair loss.
False. Many people tend to think that over-shampooing can cause hair loss because a lot of the time our hair falls out naturally in the shower, and it may seem like more hair falling out than normal.

True/False: Higher testosterone is linked to hair loss.
Somewhat true. If you have hereditary hair loss, what you inherit are hair follicles that have a higher sensitivity to DHT, which is a hormone composed of one type of testosterone. If testosterone were the only cause of hair loss though, all hair on your body would be expected to fall out.

True/False: Wearing hats can cause hair loss.
False. Hats, beanies, and the like do not cause hair loss.

True/False: Overexposure to the sun can cause hair loss.
Mostly False. UV radiation cannot interrupt hair follicle creation, but overexposure can weaken hair follicles by causing dullness and breakage.

Are you ready to learn even more about thinning hair and hair loss? These facts might surprise you…

Facts & Figures on Hair Loss

You may feel alone if you are experiencing hair loss, but after looking at statistics, we hope you’ll see that almost everyone is affected by some type of hair loss in their lifetime.

For women, thinning hair and hair loss affects roughly one in four women, and 95% of those affected suffer from androgenetic alopecia. On average, women dealing with hair loss are between 25 and 35 years old.

This is a big contrast from the perception that thinning hair and hair loss is only related to older men and women.

Furthermore, 24% of women equate losing hair to losing a limb. This is how deeply emotional thinning hair and hair loss can be, especially for women.

By the age of 35, 66% of American men will experience some type of hair loss, and by the age of 50, about 85% of men will have significantly thinning hair.

For men with male pattern baldness, 25% will begin to see thinning hair or hair loss before they reach the age of 21.

These numbers prove that hair loss is not just an issue for older men and women, but in fact affects many men and women in their early twenties and thirties as well.

What causes hair loss infographic

There may be a silver lining to thinning hair and hair loss at a younger age though; your body may be more receptive to hair growth products and hair loss cures because hair follicles may still be capable of regrowth at this earlier age.

Next we’ll take a look at the different causes for hair loss, and why they might be happening at a younger age…

Causes for Hair Loss in Younger People

Hair loss can happen for all sorts of reasons, for example, it can be related to diet, exercise, illness, stress, disease, or hereditary causes.

For younger women, thinning hair is usually a result of poor nutrition, stress, disease, or changes in medications, like birth control.

Crash diets, weight loss, and low iron levels are all reasons why you may notice hair falling out or changes to hair growth. Make sure you are eating healthy foods for hair growth and exercising regularly to help yourself avoid this. A poor diet is the easiest thing to change when it comes to preventing hair loss.

Diseases more common to women, such as thyroid disease and lupus, are also culprits that contribute to hair loss. If you notice other symptoms besides thinning hair, consult with a doctor to find out what the issue could be.

Oral contraceptives can also contribute to hair loss. The hormones in birth control that suppress ovulation can sometimes cause thinning hair and hair loss. This is more likely to happen if you have androgenetic alopecia, but a hair loss cure is possible if you switch birth control or go off of it all together.

Thinning hair and hair loss in younger men is usually a result of androgenetic alopecia, but it can also be brought on by poor nutrition and stress.

Men have more DHT (the hormone androgen responsible for hair loss) than women in their body. Since hair loss is a result of the hair follicles’ sensitivity to DHT, thinning hair and hair loss often begins at an earlier stage for most men than women.

Again, a healthy and well-balanced diet, is essential for helping combat thinning hair problems. Regular exercise, not smoking, and drinking alcohol in moderation are also key practices to consider if you are struggling with hair loss at a young age.

Lastly, hair loss at any age can be upsetting, but it can be especially stressful in younger men and women who never expected to struggle with this particular problem at this stage in their lives.

Luckily there are a wide variety of hair loss cures available, from permanent to cosmetic, to treat thinning hair and hair loss…

Treating Hair Loss in Your 20s and 30s

At Toppik, we have made it our job to help people like you find the best hair loss cure and solution for your particular hair needs.

If you are looking for a temporary cosmetic solution for hair loss, consider trying Toppik Hair Building Fibers to cover any areas of thinning hair or scalp show-through. Available in nine shades that can be mixed to match almost any hair color, Hair Fibers come in four sizes to help with a wide arrange of hair loss needs. You can either shake or spray the Hair Fibers into thinning hair, and watch as your hair is instantly transformed. This is the quickest way to get the confidence you once had with a full head of hair.

Toppik Hair Fibers available in 9 colors

 

Toppik Theradome, the only FDA-cleared at-home laser hair treatment device, is designed to grow new, healthy hair while also slowing down and stopping hair loss. This wearable, clinical strength laser treatment is perfect for anyone looking for a hair loss solution that can be conveniently used from the comfort of his or her own home.

Theradome

Hair loss can be emotional and stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. The Hair Toppiks blog is a safe place of community and support where we hope everyone feels comfortable, but most importantly it’s here to show you that you are not alone in your struggle for a hair loss cure.

Write, email or leave a comment below if you want to share your hair loss story with us – we hope it will inspire others and be a positive light on the emotional toll hair loss can take on others just like you.

Stay In the Know

We want everyone to know that hair loss can happen at any age, for a multitude of reasons, and to follow up on this story, next week we’ll show you how your daily routine can damage your hair, and what you can do to fix it.

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46 Responses

  1. Awesome article. I was one of the unfortunate ones to start losing hair in my teens! Although I was able to slow the process down considerably using Min and Fin.

    Now all I do is use a concealer product when I go out after my min treatment in the morning.

  2. I have dealt with hair loss for years with my daughter who has Down syndrome. She suffers from Alopecia Areata which is an autoimmune disease. She is 19 years old now and still struggles with hair loss. So it’s good to know what options are out there.

  3. Kelsey

    Hi there – I just wanted to submit a comment because I dealt with hair loss as a 25 year old. I am 26 now and my hair is back to its normal thickness. I went through a stressful period in my life when I was not getting enough sleep, not eating enough healthy foods and generally just not taking care of myself. I was suffering from a lot of anxious feelings and depression.

    I went to a lot of these sites trying to read about what was happening, and if I would go completely bald or if my hair would grow back. I never seemed to get any answers and it made me even more anxious about my life in general… worrying that I would be bald. I can assure you that if you commit to becoming a healthier person all around your hair will most likely stop falling out and go back to its original state. The most important thing is to STOP STRESSING, allow yourself and your body to heal and your hair will follow.

  4. Great read. Informative and helpful. I have falling hair because of the medicine I’m taking. I tried a lot of remedies and one really help me using coconut oil, it’s really good.

  5. Kristen

    I am 37 years old and for a long time I was slowly noticing a bald spot around the center of my far head. I think one reason may be because i do wear my hair up in ponytails all the time but recently it has gotten worse very quickly. I saw an article about the different medical reasons that cause hair loss but have been nervous to call and make a dr apt to talk to my dr. about all the bloodwork that was suggested to me. I am really starting to freak out because at 37 years old i am trying everything to try and cover the spots but I would love to correct it if there is a problem instead of just trying to hide it :( I am starting to feel extremely self conscience and feel like I am gonna have to wear wigs or something before I am 40 :(

  6. tiffie O'brien

    I noticed I was going bald, I panicked and turned the internet upside down in search of a solution and tried lots of products and weird things but none worked. a friend who used to tease me about the hair (in a bid to tease me further) bought a product from Africa during his travels and he mockingly gave me as a present.I tried it and the result is unbelievable. infact he had to call his contacts in Africa to get in touch with the manufacturers. I know how frustrating and confidence-sapping being bald is that’s why I took this painstaking mission to reveal to any who wants to try it. you can contact the manufacturers on (abiomoigho@gmail.com)I hope this message helps.

  7. vico

    Hi

    Im a 20 years old male.
    starting to see some noticeable bald spot on my head, i try to hide it but when my hair is wet and when i comb it….it so obvious.
    I really dont get it, from what i red in the article.
    Firstly, im very fit i go gym regularly, so excising is tick.
    my mother is abit bald in the center but she 56 and she said she got lots of hair when she was my age, my dad hair is fine and so are my brother. So genetic is unsure. Thirdly, i dont have stress, i got no gf, no one to support,…..i dont give a shit what other say or think. Stress is tick. I dont smoke, drink, or use birth control. i dont have disease or illness, i never been to the doctor.
    In shower when i shampoo my hair, only notice 3 to 5 hairs max falling..which i know is very normal. comb and pillow yes there some hair but not a handful.

    CAN SOMEONE PLEASE HELP? losing hair is scary but not knowing the cause it more scarier.

  8. Jennie

    I have struggled with my hair for a long time now. I am quickly approaching my 40s and I have bad hair quality. Recently, I have also noticed that my hair has stopped growing as it used to. A few years ago I went to the salon on a monthly basis. Now, it takes me almost two months before I even need to cut my hair! I am desperate and I really need help right now. Hair is one of the most important parts of a woman and I don’t want to give up on this one. I went to the doctors but they didn’t found anything wrong with me. The exams I took showed that I am healthy and there’s no reason for this to even happen to me. Please, I really need hair advice urgently!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Alice Sterling

    Hair Loss can be caused by both emotional and physical stresses such as a serious illness. It is possible that stress induces hormonal changes that are responsible for the hair loss. Genes play a vital role in hair loss , there are usually other reasons as well, including, hormonal imbalances, an under-active thyroid gland, nutritional deficiencies and insufficient blood circulation in the scalp. Hair loss is a mammoth problem that many people are suffering from.

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  10. Alice Sterling

    Hair Loss can be caused by both emotional and physical stresses such as a serious illness. It is possible that stress induces hormonal changes that are responsible for the hair loss. Genes play a vital role in hair loss , there are usually other reasons as well, including, hormonal imbalances, an under-active thyroid gland, nutritional deficiencies and insufficient blood circulation in the scalp. Hair loss is a mammoth problem that many people are suffering from.

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  11. Logan Murphy

    I’m glad to hear that wearing hats does not cause hair loss. I heard one of the biggest reasons for hair loss for men is from hats. I wear a hat almost everyday so I was pretty nervous. I think I will eventually be bald but I didn’t want to speed up the process. I think I would probably still wear hats even if it did cause hair loss. But it’s nice to know it doesn’t. Thanks for debunking some hair myths for me!

  12. Prashant

    Losing hair at such an early age is disastrous. 20 years old is a very young age for hair loss! The reasons, like you mentioned, might be hereditary, improper diet, not washing properly, etc. I’ve found that remedies like applying coconut oil, almond oil, and onion oil do help fight hair loss, along with Minixodil products, like Toppik Hair Regrowth Treatment.

  13. Steven Harrison

    Thanks for bringing up some of the technical data around this. I have a friend who started going bald when he was really young, in his early twenties. I was curious to see how many people shared that experience. Also, thanks for clearing up some of the misconceptions.

  14. Mike Capilar

    I have baldness. Great article and helpful information. I like the way you have explained about hair loss and how to overcome it.

  15. Tina

    Great article and helpful information. When I was a younger age I didn’t worry about having hair loss, but I knew already that thinning hair can affect men and women of any age. Hair loss can happen for all sorts of reasons, for example, it can be related to diet, exercise, illness, stress, disease, or hereditary causes, like you mentioned in this post. Toppik is a hair building fiber treatment that may overcome it. Thanks a lot. .

  16. jamesrod214

    I like your section about the myths of hair loss. I feel like a lot of people have all of these superstitions about what causes hair loss and they go to extremes with weird things. I have a friend who thought that wearing hats causes hair loss. Thanks for the information!

  17. Cohen Jacobson

    I sort of struggle with my hair-loss. I suppose That keeping an eye out for the signs and taking the right steps mentioned in here will at least help a little bit. I know its futile but for now I’ll take what can get. Hey thanks for the really helpful post.

  18. saravanan

    Using home remedies is good. Following traditional methods such as applying oil daily, keeping hair clean and using herbs is also good for hair. Good information. Thank you for sharing the article.

  19. Charlotte Eddington

    All of the reasons you shared about reasons people have hair loss, is interesting. It is a good idea to look at those different causes so that you know how to change your habits. Thanks for sharing this information.

  20. Jeff Bridges

    Hair loss somewhat runs in the family, but I’m not showing any signs of it yet. My dad’s hair is thinning but he isn’t bald by any means. It’s good to know that there are many different hair loss options available.

  21. Chase Wilson

    Wow, great article! My grandpa and uncle both went bald in their 30’s and 40’s, I have heard that if that is the case then it will probably happen to me. I have only heard one person say that, but she is totally certain is going to happen. Good to hear that is not always the case! Are there any natural remedies to hair loss?

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