Men's Health

What a man can do to help prevent hair loss: 8 essential tips

Male Pattern Baldness Causes

A lot of people joke that being an infant and being old are the same: no teeth, can’t control bathroom habits, can’t really function, and most importantly no hair. 


I wanna tell you my story about men’s hair loss and the impact it had on my life. 


I knew I was going to have an issue with hair loss early on. Just by looking at the different men in my family I could see it’d be only a matter of time before my hairline began to recede. I didn’t realize just how soon that would be. 


Most men experience hair loss later on in their life. Usually it doesn’t rear it’s ugly bald head until they’re in their 30’s or later. Not me. I began to see hair thinning and my actual hairline receding already in high school. It was easy enough to hide. Hats, posing, even growing out my hair to try to hide it was enough- but ultimately a temporary fix. 


College it was still pretty easy to hide, but I felt uncomfortable being forced to wear hats all the time or feel uncomfortable because I seemed to be the only person hitting hairline levels that a 45 year old should have. One day I was having an honest conversation with a good friend and they suggested I just shave everything off. 


It seemed like a good option at first. Nobody really would wonder why a 20 something year-old had absolutely no hair. I felt confident for the first time in many years. However, as time went on, the constant upkeep of keeping my head close shaved (and so cold) began to wear on me. Some people had joked with me too, saying I looked like a ‘skinhead’. It wasn’t a comfortable thing to be called, even if it was in a joking manner. 


Still, I didn’t know where to go. I was going to shortly be entering into the professional world, you couldn’t really wear a hat to work everyday, even if at all. Being a ‘skinhead’ at work wasn’t really anything of an option either. 


I began to consider alternative options. I wasn’t going to be one of those old dudes with really bad toupees or comb-overs. I couldn’t really do it. I was highly skeptical of the ‘miracle’ hair growth serums, and even more wary of their hefty price tags. What other options did I have? 


I searched the internet vigorously to try to find some sort of solution for myself. I began the tedious process of attempting to grow out my hair. I was pretty discouraged though, more of my hairline had disappeared since I had decided to buzz everything off. To be honest, I am still looking for something that’ll really work for me. 

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8 replies on “What a man can do to help prevent hair loss: 8 essential tips”

My hairline has been receding since I was 16. Every time I tried to tell my mother about it she would shake her head in denial. Fast forward 10 years and now I have a very discernible widow’s peak, with my hairline creeping back more and more each year. The hair on top of my head is about 50% as voluminous as it used to be. It’s also turning white. Hooray, genetics!

My brother is 26 and already experiencing male hair loss, he worries about it because he’s so young. But unfortunately this is very common for men and also runs in the family so he might just have to accept his hair loss.

I started losing my hair in my mid-20’s, very slowly at first. By the time I was in my early 30’s I had lost all the hair on the top of my head. Fortunately, my hairline is not receding and I still have hair on my sides and in the back.

I started losing hair early in age right after I got out of college. I tried everything to get my hair back and multiple products and tried to get my hair back like it was. I’ve always had a full head of hair from a young age, but it all started to disappear. Started to get some back from Rogaine and got a little back but nothing too major. I just want a full head of hair just like my friends, or at least wait to start balding until later in life.

I started noticing my hair was receding about 5 years ago. I was 25 years old. I started getting worried so I started taking Rogaine and that helped a lot. I started to actually get my hair back and it looked thick and full again like when I was younger. I hit some money troubles and couldn’t afford Rogaine so I stopped. Well my hair started coming out and I ended up losing more hair than I began with. I decided to just shave my hair off and have been happy with my decision to go bald. My family has make pattern baldness in most of the men. So I kinda already knew that I was going to go bald. My wife doesn’t seem to mind and I’m just happy I don’t have to do the treatments anymore. It cost me so much money and it got tiring spending all this money when I was destined to go bald in a few years anyway.

Hair loss and graying is a big issue. Topical treatments can help but really my internal life is what affects it. I notice when I am stressed or sick it is worse. If we actually set up the world to prioritize health, hair loss and most other health and societal issues would be much better. But instead all focus is on creating and buying products. Yay capitalism.

I have experience male pattern baldness way too early. The men in my family had male pattern baldness in their fifties and later but mine started when I was in my early twenties. I went to a dermatologist who confirmed that is definitely is male pattern baldness although it is happening earlier than usual

Once I had my first child, I lost the hair on one-half of the front side of my head. Asymettrical, weird-looking and embarassing. I shave my head completely now.

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