What is a picture of a balding man? You would probably imagine an old man in his 50’s with sporadic hair growth or has gone completely hairless wearing a checkered polo and slacks. If you take your imagination further, you will see a certain sadness lurching in his eyes.
I bet you would not have thought of this picture of balding person as a strapping young man in the prime of his 20s or 30s. You might be surprised to know that about 70% of men will actually experience some form of baldness as they age. And cases of baldness have become younger and younger in the recent years, as researches show.
We Are Young and Balding. And Why Is That?
Youth has always been synonymous with exuberance, vitality and a zest for an exciting life. And physicality does play a big part in enjoying the prime of your youth. We live in a world where self-image is very important. You can get ahead if you fit into a certain mold of beauty, especially when you are still young. For men, it is extremely important to look as dapper and as manly as possible to rightfully claim your image as a guy’s guy.
But, if you are a young man who may have been unlucky in the hair gene pool, this can sometimes dampen your zeal in enjoying your youth. Losing your hair at a young age is a major pitfall for any guy. You lose self-confidence, develop anxiety and harbor insecurity. It is certainly not easy. You face the ridicule of your friends and lose your swag in attracting a potential mate.
So, you may ask, “Why? I am young. I am not supposed to lose my hair just like that. Why me?”.
You might be surprised that about 20% of those who suffer hair loss notice signs of balding as early as 21 years old, with some cases going earlier than that. And, there is a 40% of men who will have noticeable baldness by the time they reach the age of 35, which goes up as the age of men increases (StatisticBrain.com). But, if it is any consolation, you are actually not alone with this problem. So, do not fret. Statistics show that there about 35 million men in the US alone that are experiencing hair loss.
However, it still does not answer your question why you are losing your precious locks at an early age. A team of experts and an Indian trichologist say that balding as early as in the 20s has become “a trend than rarity”. Further, they say that baldness in young men is more linked to lifestyle and way of life rather than the usual gene culprit. So, who’s to blame? They narrowed it down to the big four: stress, vices, pollution and poor nutrition.
Take That Stress Away
Dr. Paradi Mirmirani, a dermatologist with Permanente Medical Group in Vallejo, California, says that everyday stress, like a heavy workload at office, will not affect your body to the point that you will cause your hair to fall out. Dr. Mirmirani, however, states that it has to be bigger than that,
“Something that causes you to lose sleep, or changes your appetite and raises the level of stress hormones.“
Relieving yourself from stress does not mean that you have to cut yourself away from life and stop everything. You just need to take things slow and relax a bit from time to time. Ways you can do to cut down on your stress level includes exercising even just for at least 20 minutes a day. This will help you to deviate your thoughts to sweating it all out. In addition, working out releases adrenaline and endorphins, which can help you feel happy. You can also get a soothing weekly massage or you can even start writing on a journal so you could write down your pent up emotions. Yes, the last two suggestions may sound a bit girly, but it does help in taking away pent up stress.
Taking too much stress away from your life is not easy, I know. But, there really should be a time to slow things down a bit. But, relieving yourself from stress does not instantly guarantee no more hair loss. It takes time, so be patient about it.
Feed Your Hair Healthy
Just like any body part, your hair needs the right amount of nutrients to keep it healthy and prevent it from falling off of your head. You need to feed it with the right amount of nutrients and nourishment to ensure that your locks are at their healthiest form.
One nutrient that your hair needs is a good packing of protein. Your hair is mainly made up of protein, so it only goes to follow that you need more protein enough to build your muscles and keep your hair growing. Good sources include lean meat, chicken, fish, beans and yogurt. And since we already mentioned fish, it is best to eat tuna and salmon, as these types of fish are loaded with Omega-3 Fatty Acids, which nourishes the hair follicles and promote healthy hair growth. Dr. Phillip Ginsberg, a Philadelphia osteopathic physician, says that “Male pattern hair loss is caused when the hair follicle gradually becomes smaller, which results in shorter and finer hair and eventually no hair.” And, Omega-3 fatty acids adds elasticity in your hair, making it stronger and prevents it from easily breaking off.
And to help keep your hair from falling out, you need to include zinc-loaded foods into your diet. Zinc is also essential in keeping your scalp and hair in healthy condition and regulates the production of hormones that are known to be linked in maintaining a good hair growth. Good sources of zinc are seafoods, red meat and nuts. And to properly condition your hair and scalp, you also need to incorporate foods that are rich in Vitamins A and C, as well as iron and magnesium.
Too much to consider, right? But, just bear in mind that all you need is a balanced diet. It will promote an overall body health benefit, which will include your hair.
Break Bad Habits
In an article posted in Mail Online Health, it was found out that there is a connection between smoking and hair loss. Smoking restricts the circulation and blood flow to the scalp, cutting off the healthy flow of nutrients into your hair and follicles. It also dries out the hair making it brittle and breaks easily. So for male smokers out there, better start snuffing out those cigarettes to prevent your hair loss woes from worsening.
Also, if you are one of those guys who dollops tons of hair products on your hair to make it sleek and so fixed, you might want to go easy on that a tad bit. Just use an ample amount that will give you the desired look. Gels and other hair sculpting products contain chemicals that can easily break your hair. Always remember to keep things in moderation, the same rule applies to hair products.
We Are Young, Famous and Bald
Yes, knowing about the reasons behind your early age hair loss gives you a better understanding of the condition and the things that you need to remember to curb off worsening the hair loss situation. But, it still is quite depressing at times, especially when you see your peers having lush and thick manes while you start to notice that you are experiencing thinning of the hair or starting to see a receding hairline.
Again, you are not alone on this one. There are tons of young men, nowadays, who are going through the same experience as you are. And just by knowing that you are not alone is definitely a sigh of relief.
I Want My Hair Back!
However, if you are one of those men you are already desperate because of hair loss, there are a number of products and medical procedures available that can bring back your locks. Relieving yourself from stress, eating right and living a clean lifestyle is an excellent preventive alternative if you are still at a stage where hair loss is just starting. But if your hairline is receding way beyond your forehead and revealing a five or sixhead, you might want to consider consulting a hair doctor to check in on your condition and what options can be done to resurrect your lost mane.
There are Hair Loss Treatments that can be used to stimulate hair growth back to your head. Two medications that are FDA approved are Finasteride and Minoxidil. Minoxidil is used to slow down hair loss. Finasteride, on the other hand, is an oral medication for men that is also used to help prevent further hair loss. If you are looking for an option to bring back the growth of hair, a good option is getting a Laser Therapy.
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