When people think about hair loss, they often associate it with middle age. Many believe that thinning locks or a receding hairline are to be expected around 40-something, and that hair loss just increases over time as a natural and inevitable part of the ageing process.
For some, though, hair loss issues can begin much earlier than the mid-life phase, with some seeing signs of hair loss in their teens and early twenties. While this is less stereotypical, and even may come as a surprise to many, the truth is that hair loss occurring from the late teens onwards is not uncommon.
One of the most high-profile and outspoken advocates of hair transplant surgery is footballer Wayne Rooney, who first began to experience hair loss in his early twenties, and openly shared details of his hair restoration procedure at age 25.
But at what age should you begin to do something about hair loss issues? Does it make a difference to act sooner rather than later? And which treatments are appropriate or even available for younger people?
To help you decide which options are the best for you, here are some possible treatments for hair loss at any age, as well as some tips for preventing or reducing some of the most common causes of hair loss.
Hair Loss Prevention
Hair loss in younger people can sometimes be a result of lifestyle choices that affect the hair follicles, the thickness of the hair or the growth rate. In these cases, it’s never too early to adopt the lifestyle changes that can prevent these types of hair loss. As a bonus side-effect, many of these changes will improve your overall health and well-being which can delay or prevent some aspects of the ageing process.
Here are a few of the ways you could make helpful changes at any age.
- Reduce stress. Stress is renowned for compromising many of the body’s regeneration processes, and hair loss has long been associated with symptoms of high-stress levels. If it’s possible to reduce any stressful conditions in your life, this may go some way to combatting hair loss at any age.
- Eat well. Good nutrition can be a powerful ally in treating many hair conditions. Certain types of vitamins and minerals, such as proteins, omega fatty acids and antioxidants, are particularly beneficial in encouraging healthy hair growth. Adopting a diet full of nutritious foods can be one way to reduce hair loss symptoms that are related to poor nutrition.
- Hair Care. How you look after your hair can affect how much of it sheds, as well as the strength of your hair follicles. For example, if you habitually pull your hair into a tight ponytail this can weaken the hairs and follicles, resulting in a receding hairline or thinning patches. Taking extra care when styling and also when shampooing etc, can go some way to preventing unnecessary hair loss.
Hair Loss Treatments
If lifestyle aspects are not the cause of your hair loss, for example, if it is genetic or related to a health issue, here are some of the options available to treat hair loss and restore a thicker, fuller head of hair.
- Prescription Medication
- Laser therapy
- PRP (Platelet-rich plasma) therapy
- Hair transplant surgery
All of these types of hair loss treatments are available for most healthy adults at any age, so the best way to find out which is the most appropriate option is to book a free consultation at a good, reputable hair loss clinic.
Whatever age hair loss becomes a concern for you, it can be reassuring to find out what options are available, and just how impressive the results can be. Simply exploring what’s possible for you can help you worry less about hair loss in the future, as well as enabling you to take preventative measures in the present.