Noticing a receding hairline at any age can be stressful. But if you’re only 20 and you spot the signs of a receding hairline, it can be really worrying. How soon will your balding become noticeable? How will it affect your life? And is it really hair loss, or are you just paranoid?
Here, you’ll learn everything you need to know about developing a receding hairline at 20. We’ll explore:
While a noticeably receding hairline at 20 isn’t that common, it’s not unheard of, either. According to the American Hair Loss Association, 25% of men with male pattern baldness will start to recede by the age of 21 .
You’re more likely to have a receding hairline if there’s a history of baldness on either side of your family. For example, if your dad or either of your grandads are bald, you may be more likely to see early onset hair loss.
A receding hairline can also affect young women, though this is much less common. Frontal fibrosing alopecia, which is the most common cause of hairline recession in women, typically starts after menopause, though there have been instances of FFA in women as young as 21 . Female pattern hair loss may also affect 3% of women in their 20s .
Some level of hair loss is normal. People with healthy hair lose up to 100 hairs a day. So it’s only if you’re losing more than this that you should be concerned.
Signs of sustained hair loss in 20-year-old men include:
Your hairline may also change shape. If it used to be straight, you may now start to see a slight M-shaped hairline developing:
The good news is that most men who see a receding hairline at age 20 are in the very early stages of pattern baldness. This is measured on the Norwood Scale:
Most younger men are at Norwood stage 2 or Norwood stage 3, which means there are plenty of effective treatments available.
The symptoms of a female receding hairline at 20 are similar to those of young men. You may see visible increases in hair coming away in the shower or on your pillow when you wake up, as well as hairline shape changes.
Although a receding hairline in young women is less common than in men, the impact can be debilitating. Hair often forms a strong part of a woman’s identity, especially in her 20s. Additionally, it’s more difficult to diagnose the cause of women’s hair loss, so seeing a receding hairline in your 20s can be both confusing and concerning.
The most common reason for a receding hairline at 20 is androgenetic alopecia, commonly known as male pattern baldness. This occurs as a result of your genetic sensitivity to a hormone called dihydrotestosterone, or DHT.
Even though around 80% of men will develop male pattern baldness at some point in their lives, only an unlucky few see hair loss as early as 20. This normally happens if the androgen receptors in your hair follicles are super sensitive to DHT.
There are some other potential reasons your hairline is receding at 20. These include:
Struggling to deal with your receding hairline? These tips can help you cope with early-onset hair loss.
A receding hairline at age 20 can cause stress and worry. But fortunately, there are several proven solutions that can help you tackle your receding hairline. These include:
With the exception of Finasteride, all these solutions are available over the counter or from health shops. Finasteride isn’t suitable for everyone (including most women, as well as men who are trying to conceive a baby) so it’s available on prescription only.
If these treatments are unsuccessful, a hair transplant may be the best option, although many clinics prefer you to wait to get a hair transplant when you’re 25.
The good news is that at age 20, you may be able to completely stop hair loss and even spark regrowth with non-surgical treatments. So it’s a good idea to exhaust these options before opting for FUE or FUT.
If you’re not sure which solution to try, book a free consultation with a hair loss specialist at the Wimpole Clinic. We can talk you through and provide treatment plans for your receding hairline at 20.
Have more questions about losing hair in your 20s? Here are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.
A receding hairline tends to be the first sign of hair loss in men. But it’s also possible to see crown hair loss in your 20s. Just like temple hair loss, your crown is home to DHT-sensitive hair follicles, which can shrink when DHT binds to the androgen receptors.
It’s pretty common to experience hair loss if you’re a man in your 20s. Research suggests 16% of men under 30 have moderate to severe hair loss .
Minoxidil, Finasteride, rosemary oil, and caffeine shampoo have all been shown to stop balding. These first-line treatments are often effective if used during the early stages of hair loss.
If your balding is more moderate or extensive, consider using a combination of treatments or an alternative hair loss therapy like high-frequency treatment or low-level laser therapy. Hair transplants are also effective if these first-line treatments don’t work.
You’re more likely to go bald if other men in your family are bald. This isn’t necessarily your dad, as the main baldness gene — the AR gene — is inherited from your mother. However, you can also inherit other genes that contribute to baldness from either parent.
Yes! It’s often possible to regrow your hair, especially if you start using treatments at the first signs of hair loss. So don’t lose hope — even if you have a receding hairline in your 20s, you can stop it from advancing and maintain your hair for decades to come.
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