Author Bio: Dr. Sanusi Umar MD is the author of this article.
Are you already balding at 20 or close to it? If so, you’re in for a wild ride. By age 20, at least one-fifth of men will experience significant hair loss (1). Reddit users from around the world weighed in on how their lives changed after losing their locks at this young age. Read on to see if you can relate, and let us know if you do in the comments.
1. He was pushed to find the nearest razor.
23 here and I just shaved mine down to a number 2, will cut it down even shorter soon.
There’s nothing worse than looking like you’re balding. If you are in that category, then don’t delay. Go to the bathroom and shave it off to a number 1 or 2, or shave all of it off.
If you’re still hesitant, maybe go to a barber and ask them what they think. They’ll know more about your head shape and how you’ll probably look.
2. He tried to compensate for his baldness in other areas.
Yup, it’s pushed me to work on what I can control. I’ve started losing fat and getting fit for the first time in my life. Plus, the constant worrying about styling my hair and how it looked is gone, so I don’t worry about my hair at all anymore. Definitely helped my confidence problems.
3. He noticed that women around his age are likely to see baldness as a dealbreaker.
Started receding at 15, and am now completely bald at 20. Girls around my age are more likely to find a shaved head a deal breaker more so than women who are 25+. I still get checked out a fair amount, and no one really tries to s*** test me. I think a huge reason why being bald doesnt [sic] affect me tremendously is because i [sic] have brown skin and am 6’4, so I kinda feel like a light skinned Terry Crews.
3. He got a nasty sunburn.
Was 23 when i buzzed it all off.
I’ve been noticing my hairloss since i was 20, but never wasted a thought about it. Then one day someone took a picture of our class in a lecture theatre and i was quite shocked when i saw how thin the back of my head had become. Buzzed it off the very next weekend and have regretted it only once in the next summer when i got the worst sunburn of my life.
4. A potential wife rejected him.
Got rejected in arranged marriage due to lack of hair.
5. He decided to embrace hats.
Yeah, I started balding at about 20 and am now 27. Start warming up to the wonderful world of hats.
6. He just didn’t look right.
i look funny as hell with a shaved head and for that i hate the world.
might not be so bad if i were buff, but i also don’t build muscle very well either.
7. He paid attention to hair in other areas.
I’m 23 and my crown is getting seriously thin. I’ve been trying minoxidil for a while but it isn’t working. I’m going to get it cut real short and grow a mustache. A thick red mustache.
8. He became concerned about his “weird-shaped head.”
I’m 19 and the hair at the front of my head is visibly thin and I’ve got a receeded hairline. It’s been this way for a couple of years now so I don’t know if it’s natural or if I’m getting an early male-pattern baldness. My grandfather and uncle on my dad’s side both suffer from it but my dad doesn’t. Hopefully I can keep my hair for a while longer because I have a weird shaped head and baldness wouldn’t suit me at all.
Many people who are already balding at 20 may be curious about the minimum age for a hair transplant. Most hair transplant clinics reject patients under the age of 25. This is in order to avoid depletion of the donor sources as hair loss continues to evolve across time. The Dr. UGraft method has no minimum age for a hair transplant because its FUE technology can extract follicles from any part of the body — usually from the beard, chest, nape of the neck and arms.
This process trumps the basic FUE for young age hair transplants because it preserves the donor pool for the young patient in the future. It also allows Dr. Umar to select the correct texture and thickness and body hair to match the appearance of a natural hairline. Moreover, Dr. Umar can use the FUE SHAVE TEST he invented to screen for the possibility that the young patient could become bald in the future.
Feel like skipping the stress? We don’t blame you. Book a hair restoration appointment with Dr. Umar today!
- Pemberton, Max. “Can Going Bald Lead to Depression?” Patient.info, 8 Mar. 2019, patient.info/news-and-features/can-going-bald-cause-depression.