You can begin to lose your hair at any age, even before you’re in your 30s. If you notice that you’re losing your hair and suspect that you may have male pattern baldness, you must take action as soon as possible.
The following are the causes of hair loss in men under 30. You may also do several things to help you keep your hair long into your 30s, 40s, and beyond. But first, let’s take a look at some of the likely causes of your hair loss at this point.
Male pattern baldness
This disorder, which is caused by a combination of hereditary and hormonal factors, is most likely to manifest itself in your early or late twenties. Even if you’re in good health, male pattern baldness might develop if your hairline recedes or your scalp hair thins.
What causes Male Pattern Baldness?
Male pattern baldness is the most common cause of hair loss among males in their early to mid and late 20s, and it is most likely caused by heredity or hormonal imbalance via the action of DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) on the scalp.
DHT is a male sex hormone produced in men’s testes and prostate when certain enzymes convert testosterone. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is responsible for developing “masculine” sex characteristics such as body hair. However, it has been demonstrated to promote hair thinning.
Like other hormones, DHT attaches to receptors in your body, including your scalp. DHT, a toxin found in your scalp, can damage your follicles and prevent them from producing new ones. In the short term, DHT will not have a significant impact on your hair. It will damage your hair follicles over a few months or years, resulting in everything from receding hairlines to complete baldness.
Telogen effluvium occurs when the hair follicles become dormant due to a stressor. If the stress or trauma is extreme enough, it can cause this illness. It could be either acute or chronic. Telogen effluvium causes diffuse, rapid hair loss that affects the entire head. Indeed, two months following a shock, up to 70% of scalp hairs maybe shed in large quantities.
Baldness can be caused by a variety of illnesses and medical problems. Fungal infections of the scalp, autoimmune diseases, hormonal imbalances, and other issues are among the many conditions that can cause hair loss.
Certain medications, such as those used for cancer, arthritis, depression, heart disease, gout, and high blood pressure, can cause hair loss as a side effect. Although, this happens as a side effect of an overdose or immune incompatibility.
Vitamins, minerals, and nutrients can cause hair loss if you aren’t getting enough of them. For example, zinc, iron, biotin or protein deficiency can lead to hair loss.
Untreated injuries on the scalp
Hair loss can also be caused by damage to the skin and hair follicles. Hair loss can be caused by stress on the hair, such as when people use harsh styling products that exert a lot of pressure, burns and strain on their scalp and hair. Such action can damage the hair follicle, thereby inhibiting hair growth.
How to treat your baldness
Of course, as soon as you notice that your hair is thinning, you need to take action to prevent it from resulting in baldness. And thanks to medical breakthroughs, the vast majority of hair loss cases can be remedied. The FDA has approved several drugs that can prevent and treat hair loss.
Finasteride is available only by prescription. It is available in tablet form and must be taken daily or based on the doctor’s instruction. Although finasteride does not cure hair loss, it can slow its progression and possibly help you regenerate some of the hair you’ve lost.
Also, finasteride can be effective in combating DHT. It works by preventing its production. Studies have revealed that a common finasteride dose can reduce DHT levels by as much as 70%. In this way, finasteride keeps your hair follicles from being damaged by DHT, preventing your hair loss from getting worse.
Minoxidil is an over-the-counter hair growth stimulant, which may be purchased without a prescription. It does not cure male pattern baldness, like finasteride. However, it may help your hair grow, thicken, and look better. Minoxidil is available in various forms, including a liquid and a foam. It’s easy to apply and designed to be used twice a day, and it’s an excellent choice. Studies have shown Minoxidil to be an effective treatment alternative. Minoxidil was judged as “extremely effective,” “effective,” or “moderately effective” by 84.3% of males with male pattern baldness who used it.
While the most common application of minoxidil is in the treatment of male pattern baldness, it can also be helpful in encouraging hair growth following other types of hair loss, such as hair loss due to medical disorders or pharmaceutical usage.
Improving Hair Growth through Habits and Lifestyle Changes
While there’s no permanent cure for male pattern baldness, maintaining a healthy lifestyle might benefit your hair growth and overall health. Try, if at all possible:
Shampoo with a hair loss-preventative ingredient
Hair loss in men can be prevented with some shampoos, such as those containing ketoconazole.
Ensure you’re getting enough vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that are good for your hair. Hair development is fueled by various nutrients, including vitamins and minerals like zinc and iron.
If you’re a smoker, consider giving up. According to new research, smoking damages your hair at the DNA level and other basic ways.
To guarantee your safety when taking any medication, consult with a healthcare provider and follow their directions to the letter. Speak with your doctor if you’ve been taking a medication that has been related to hair loss. It is possible to avoid baldness by switching to a different medication or lowering your dosage and likewise, you mustn’t change your prescription regimen independently.