When we think of men with bald heads or thinning hair, we typically associate them with older gentlemen.
But what if I told you that this was happening to a younger generation too?
Many young men are experiencing excessive hair loss and finding themselves in the unfortunate position of dealing with it at such an early age.
It’s hard to pinpoint what is causing your hair loss, but it may be due to stress, diet, or genetics.
Luckily, there are some things you can do to prevent or slow down hair loss, from taking supplements like biotin to using natural remedies like apple cider vinegar on your scalp.
In this blog post, I’ll share with you my top tips for how to stop male pattern baldness so you can keep your head full of hair!
Causes of hair loss in men at 25
Hair loss in men is typically associated with male pattern baldness – a genetic condition that affects both men and women.
This type of hair loss is caused by the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which causes your hair follicles to shrink, resulting in thinning hair.
Other factors that can contribute to thinning hair are diet, stress, medication side effects, and lack of sleep.
What most people don’t realize is that the DHT hormone also causes acne breakouts on your face and scalp, as well as increased facial or body hair growth. The symptoms usually increase over time.
There are three different patterns for male pattern baldness:
- A receding hairline and a thinning crown (the top of your head) – this is the most common type among men over 40.
- A receding hairline with a stable crown (this often occurs in men under 30).
- A completely bald scalp, with no visible hairline on the front or back of your head.
Male pattern baldness can begin as early as puberty before you even experience any serious effects on your self-esteem.
But by 25 years old, some degree of hair loss should be apparent and reversible, so it’s worth taking preventative measures you still have time.
Tips to make your hair grow back faster and thicker
There are a lot of tricks out there to treat hair loss and promote regrowth.
Here are some that actually work:
1. Use natural oil treatments to stimulate blood flow and rejuvenate your follicles.
There’s evidence that scalp massage and the application of natural oils can encourage healthier hair growth.
This is because applying pressure to your head helps increase blood flow, which gives hair follicles more nutrients and oxygen.
Applying olive oil or castor oil, both rich in omega-3 fatty acids, as well as jojoba oil (which mimics our body’s own sebum ), will help condition your scalp and nourish your roots.
2. Take supplements like biotin or silica to improve hair quality and encourage growth.
There’s a lot of debate over which supplements actually benefit hair regrowth, but the two that seem to have some merit are biotin and silica.
Biotin may help strengthen your hair and reduce breakage, while silica can improve the quality of your hair to make it stronger and shinier.
3. Make sure you’re eating plenty of protein.
If you want healthy, strong hair, then you need to eat a balanced diet rich in all sorts of nutrients, especially protein!
Protein is critical for both the structure and health of your body’s cells, including those that line your follicles.
This means that if you want long healthy locks, then you should be getting enough of them in your diet.
4. Exercise regularly to hone stress levels, release testosterone, and maintain optimum blood flow.
Exercise has so many benefits for so many parts of the body! It can help lower cortisol levels, which is the primary stress hormone that contributes to hair loss.
It can also help balance your hormones, especially if you are currently suffering from an endocrine disorder.
Finally, exercise will promote blood circulation, something that’s key to healthy hair growth!
That way you’re getting more nutrients, including iron, which is essential for creating new healthy cells, to your follicles.
5. Reduce dihydrotestosterone (DHT) by limiting alcohol intake and quitting smoking.
DHT is a derivative of testosterone that can damage hair follicles and stunt hair growth. So the less you have in your body, the better!
6. Only wash your hair 1-2 times per week.
This reduces unnecessary exposure to heat from blow dryers and hair styling tools, as well as product buildup – which can all contribute to breakage.
It also encourages scalp microcirculation for healthier growth. Or try using apple cider vinegar on your scalp to kill bacteria, balance pH levels, remove product residue, moisturize the skin, and encourage blood flow to encourage new cell growth.
7. Wear a hat or scarf during the winter months.
When it’s cold outside since cold weather has been shown to close cutaneous (surface) blood vessels and prevent your hair from getting the nourishment it needs to grow stronger and thicker.
8. Don’t ever use a comb or brush damaged hair.
Because they can rip out more than you bargained for! Brush your locks while they’re wet instead of dry, and invest in a wooden brush with uneven bristles so you aren’t putting unnecessary tension on your hairs.
9. Make sure to get enough rest every night.
Lack of sleep is both a psychological and physiological stressor that taxes us mentally and physically, which can lead to poor health overall – including breakage at the root level!
So if you’re having trouble sleeping, try using herbal remedies such as lavender oil or chamomile tea before hitting the sack.
10. Avoid using heavy conditioners on fine hair types.
They can weigh down already thin hair so it looks limp and lifeless, whereas lighter formulas are generally more suitable for textures.
For maximum benefits, try alternating between a deep conditioning treatment and a lighter leave-in conditioner.
11. Use aloe vera juice or gel.
It’s great for hair health because it has anti-inflammatory properties that can keep redness and irritation at bay, along with a host of other benefits like moisturizing skin, balancing pH levels, strengthening your roots, and promoting new cell growth.
It can be hard to accept, but hair loss is a natural part of the aging process.
There are ways that you can slow down or even stop your hair loss with these steps and it’s important not to give up hope.