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 nearly totally bald by the time he turned eighteen. I thought that was a little strange, but it became way too personal when my barber told me that it looked like I was starting to bald at fifteen. I did start shedding hair when I was eighteen, and that’s when I began to look into ways to stop my hair loss.
While being bald won’t stop a guy from being popular, or even 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 attractive, a fact confirmed by a recent study related to baldness and attractiveness.
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, 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 20 years, which involves more options than just minoxidil.