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Going bald at 20 – What now?

22 June 2022

Few things can shake your self-confidence like hair loss at a young age. Looking at your father, you can guess whether you will develop a receding hairline or go completely bald. But that doesn't tell us everything. Factors such as hereditary baldness, certain medical conditions, (ironically) stress or even how you style your hair can all be culprits for thinning hair in your 20s.

Going bald at 20

Is it normal for me to go bald at 20?

One of the main causes of baldness at a young age is probably hereditary baldness, also called androgenetic alopecia. It affects both men and women of different ages. Men suffering from this can start to experience hair loss in their twenties or even in their teens. This is a common and very normal situation. But the older you get, the more likely you lose your hair. Around 20% of people in their twenties are already experiencing thinning hair or a receding hairline. Eventually, even 70% of all men will be affected. So it depends on your definition of normal, but the fact that 1 in 5 people in their twenties is already experiencing hair loss does not make you the only one.

What are the first signs of hair loss?

For men, thinning hair usually starts with a receding hairline or a balding crown. Being aware of your hair and how it grows is the first step in staying ahead of hair loss. Ask yourself if there is more hair on your hairbrush than usual. Or maybe there is suddenly hair on your pillow when you wake up in the morning. Your hair loss doesn't have to follow the typical male pattern. Hair loss can also occur diffusely. That is, all over the scalp.

What causes hair loss at 20?

The most obvious explanation is hereditary hair loss. If this is the reason for your hair loss, you probably have an excess of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The generally accepted notion that men with more testosterone go bald faster is therefore not entirely true. However, their hair follicles are more sensitive to the hormone DHT produced in the hair root. This causes the hair follicles to shrivel up, resulting in thinner and thinner hairs growing out until the hair follicles eventually stop producing hairs altogether.

Another myth about baldness is that it is caused by wearing hats frequently. This, however, is not to be feared. Early baldness is mainly due to internal reasons. Regularly wearing a hat can damage your hair, causing it to break off and fall out. However, as this does not stop hair growth, the hairs will grow back on their own once you stop wearing them.

So your father is not always to blame when it comes to hair loss at 20. The cause varies from person to person. People are sometimes affected by hair loss due to bad and unhealthy habits. It could be that you are not getting the right vitamins or that an unhealthy lifestyle negatively impacts your hair growth. So what can you do about it?

What to do about hair loss?

At the first signs of hair loss, we recommend starting with a hair growth stimulating shampoo. This forms the basis of the treatment. It is easy to use and protects the hair from the first effects of hereditary hair loss. Then complement this with a hair growth stimulating lotion. The Neofollics lotion contains many effective ingredients against hair loss. A lotion ensures that hairs remain longer in their growth phase. This means that hairs grow longer and are less likely to fall out. In this way, more hairs grow at the same time. In addition, a lotion protects the hair follicles against the harmful influence of the hormone DHT.

Neofollics shampoo: € 29.95

A powerful shampoo to promote hair growth and prevent hair loss. It is also effective against dandruff and can make hair thicker and fuller.

Neofollics lotion: € 34.95

A lotion clinically proven to help stimulate new hair growth and stop hair loss.

Adjust your diet

If you believe that your hair loss has other causes and it might be because something is missing in your diet, then it is wise to adjust your diet. Eat healthier and supplement your daily diet with biotin supplements and MSM powder. Biotin is an important vitamin for healthy and strong hair. The supplements work from the inside and stimulate the growth processes and inhibit the process of hair loss.

Foligain biotin supplement: € 18.95

Each tablet is an excellent source of Biotin, a B vitamin that works with your body to support the overall wellness of not only your locks, but your skin and nails as well.

HGS MSM powder (500 grams): € 17.95

MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane) is a form of sulphur and an essential component of our skin, connective tissue, hair, joints and nails, among others.