When I was in high school, I knew about three teen guys who were clearly going bald. Heck, one of them was actually totally bald by the time he turned eighteen.
While being bald will not stop a guy from being popular, it’s not a trait that most people expect out of a teen or young adult. So, balding in your teenage years is not a plus in terms of popularity.
Even if you’re an adult who found this article through a search engine, keep reading. While aimed at teens, this essay will help a male of any age who is starting to bald keep his hair.
There are several causes for baldness in guys; a few of them are illnesses and conditions that can be treated. However, the most common is called “male pattern baldness.” It comes from your genes and typically your mother’s side. So, look at your mom’s brothers to see your hair(less) future.
It also can’t be “treated.” If your genes say you’re going bald, then you’ll be 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 can vary. Most guys 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, you should 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 (or Rogaine/Regaine) that is both cheap, effective, and easy to apply.
Click here to order minoxidil from Amazon.com. Consult a doctor. If underage, check with a parent.
You simply apply a small amount to the scalp twice a day with a dropper. The generic minoxidil will only cost about ten dollars a month too. Rogaine or Regaine, the brand names for minoxidil, cost more. This drug should help you keep the hair you have and may even regrow some of it.
Minoxidil, at least in the US, doesn’t require a doctor’s prescription and is sold over the counter. You can find it in the haircare section of major drugstores and even WalMart. Always use it under the supervision of a doctor.
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.