Teens Going Bald: There Is A Solution!

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When I was in high school, I knew three teen guys who were clearly going bald. One of them, the right tackle on my high school football team, was totally bald by the time he turned eighteen. I thought that was strange, but it all became personal when my barber told me that I was starting to bald when I was fifteen. I actually started shedding hair when I was eighteen, and I started to look into ways to stop my hair loss.


While being bald will not stop a guy from being popular and getting dates, it’s not a trait that most people expect out of a teen or even a young adult. So, balding in your teenage years isn’t generally positive.

Even if you’re an adult who found this article through a search engine, this essay will help a male of any age who is starting to bald keep his hair.  The key is to stop it as early as possible, so if you are losing hair, deal with it ASAP.

There are several causes for hair loss in guys; a few of them are illnesses and conditions that can be treated. However, the most common is called “male pattern baldness.” It is likely genetic and may be related primarily to genes from your mother’s side. So look at your mom’s brothers to maybe see where you are headed.

Male pattern baldness is related to the chemical DHT, which is a by-product of testosterone production, and typically the more traditionally manly you are (hairy body, able to grow a thick beard easily), the more likely you are to go bald.

Male pattern baldness is the kind where the hair goes first in the front and the top of the head until all a guy has left is a semi-circle around the sides of the head.

The timeline for baldness varies for every guy. Most males who go bald do so later in life. But, teen boys can also start losing hair too and, like my friends, be almost completely bald by their eighteenth birthday. Even those teens whose thinning hair isn’t completely gone by the time they graduate will likely be totally bald by their early twenties.

The good news is that if male pattern baldness is caught early, it can be stopped. If you are a teen reading this, that may be a relief, especially if you’ve noticed your hair is thinning. Keep in mind that some hair loss is normal. However, if you are losing a lot of it, especially near the back top of the head and the front, then you may be going bald. Your friends, family, and barber can probably also let you know if they’ve noticed a change.

If you think you’re going bald, visit a doctor to confirm that your hair loss is genetic and that it’s not some treatable condition. If you are thinning due to male pattern baldness, there are many options to keep your hair. If you catch it early, there is a drug called minoxidil (also known as Rogaine/Regaine) that is both cheap, effective, and easy to apply. Minoxidil, at least in the US, doesn’t require a doctor’s prescription and is sold over the counter.

In fact if you click this link to Amazon (or see some options at the end of the article) a six month supply is currently less than thirty dollars! This drug should help you keep the hair you have and may even regrow some of it.

You can find it in the haircare section of most stores. It’s pretty cheap too (the generic anyway). Always use it under the supervision of a doctor. If underage, check with a parent.

You simply apply a small amount to the scalp twice a day with a dropper.

If you’re going bald as a teenager (or a male of any age), then make sure to act quickly. Once you lose most of your hair, your options to keep and/or regrow it become much more difficult and expensive.

Also, David wrote a very detailed article about how he (and I) regrew hair and stopped hair loss for almost twenty years, which involves more than just minoxidil.

About Jonathan Bennett

Jonathan Bennett is an author, speaker, and business owner. His articles receive over a million hits a year, and have appeared in a variety of publications. In addition to writing for The Popular Teen, he writes for The Popular Man and Popular Teacher.


  1. Please do not offer misleading suggestions to teams without telling the danger behind Minoxidil. It is very dangerous and could stop your heart if used in appropriately. Will lead to long term impotence. Beware kids. Never ever try this. Be bald its fine and do not experiment with this dangerous chemical…

  2. Jonathan Bennett says:

    Topical minoxidil is extremely safe as long as used correctly. Like any med, incorrect use can create serious problems. I’ve never seen an official study showing impotence. However, as with all medications it’s importance to monitor side effects and work with a doctor.

  3. Prescribed concentration of minoxidil is absolutely good for you and your hair. Not only for hair loss, Minoxidil is also used in treating hypertension, over use of minoxidil can cause side effects. Using 2% minoxidil is good for humans and up to 5% concentration can be OK but don’t go for more than that.

  4. thunderball says:

    Only one of the ‘many options’ mentioned is discussed. And that drug works only for those balding from the center of the head, not from the hairline back.

  5. Well, I’m 15 and I’m bald, any method to grow back hair

  6. well, im 16 going on to be 17 next month.. i’ve always thought my hair never grew thicker than then other guys in school .. i really need to know which way to turn, reguarding situations like this, many exclaim “.. oh well it’s not a bad thing going bald..” .. oh yes it is especially living in the 21st cen. where,all these kids do talk about kids until there blue.. its constant disrespect and unease is never a good feeeling .. HELP ME PLAESE ….

    • Typically 2% or 5% minoxidil will stop hair from falling out and even help grow more. Minoxidil is cheap, and can be found anywhere like Wal-Mart (best price), Walgreens, etc. You can even order it from Amazon in the article above. Get it immediately and start applying as instructed on the label.

      • Daniel Benincasa says:

        Didn’t work for me, found that product useless, product used to be prescription only and about $70 a month, I’ve noticed over time how cheap and accessible it has now become, may as well have used tap water, cheaper and as bout as useful, start working on your self esteem, tell yourself you are confident, motivated and beautiful, shave it off and get away from these dirty snake oil sellers who don’t care about your welfare, just after your wallet

    • CHARLES N says:

      5% minoxidil plus azelaic acid.

  7. Hair is one of the attractions for both men and ladies, keep up solid hair is absolutely essential to avert balding. http://cutt.us/Yr78

  8. I have written a much more extensive look at hair loss, beyond just minoxidil here: http://thepopularman.com/how-i-stopped-hair-loss-and-regrew-hair-for-19-years-and-going-strong/

  9. Alice Sterling says:

    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.


  10. Wow, I had no idea that baldness is so common in teenage guys. When I was in high school, I went to prom with a guy who was already developing a receding hairline. It wasn’t that noticeable because he kept his hair long. However, I’m sure it bothered him a lot. You mentioned using a chemical treatment, but have you ever tried laser treatments? I’m curious to know how they compare.

  11. I am 17 and i am losing my hairs from the right side mainly.
    My friends and teacher says i am going to be bald soon.
    I am really teneed about it and want to regain my hairs.
    Rather my dad has also gons bald so everyone thinks i am going to be bald soon.what should i d

  12. Have you checked out http://www.famousbaldpeople.com

    There’s many famous people that have benefited from going bald.
    It’s not such a bad thing and besides the ladies don’t mind at all.

    By the way i am an author at the site.. Thanks

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