Recent findings from digital health clinic Numan show that nearly a quarter of men experience hair loss between the ages of 20 to 29 years old, with over 20% of men in their twenties beginning to notice early signs.
The stats further indicate that Numan customers often do not address hair loss issues until later in life when treatment might be less effective than in the earlier stages. Numan hopes to change this by encouraging men of all ages to do something about hair loss and are offering £25 off their Complete Hair Kit with checkout code ‘Nuhair.’
With many men often ignoring early signs of hair loss or believing that hair loss only affects older men, Numan’s recent findings may come as a surprise to younger men. This was the case for David who noticed early signs of hair loss but didn’t take the matter seriously.
‘I started to notice that my hairline was receding when I was 18 years old. At first, I ignored it, figuring it wouldn’t get any worse. After a few years though, it did get worse, and at that point, I figured there was nothing I could do about it.’
After getting tired of seeing the state of his hair every day, David decided to try to fight the hair loss, even though he didn’t expect any real results.
‘After using finasteride and minoxidil for five months, I can say for sure that the results were much better than I expected! The hair on my crown filled in so well that you can barely notice any significant hair loss, and my hairline moved forward at least two centimetres.’
While the causes of hair loss can be complex, there are many reasons why men might experience hair loss, the most common of which is male-pattern hair loss, also known as male androgenetic alopecia (MAA). Typically, this affects the temples, front of the scalp and the crown and progresses at a different rate for each man.
Although geneticists are not clear on the exact pattern of inheritance, having a close relative with male-pattern hair loss puts you at higher risk of developing it yourself. The other factor in male-pattern hair loss is hormonal: higher levels of DHT (dihydrotestosterone, a modified version of testosterone) are associated with male-pattern hair loss.
While losing your hair – especially while you are still relatively young – can be stressful in itself, stress is also a common cause of hair loss. Alopecia areata, also known as ‘spot hair loss’ can be caused by the sudden onset of stress, and usually occurs in small, round patches on the scalp.
Numan’s Chief Medical Strategy Officer, Dr Sam Shah says: ‘Hair loss is more common than people may think, for some men it can start in their early 20s. Treatment options are improving all the time and it’s really important that men seek help at an early stage.’
Despite hair loss affecting the majority of men during adulthood, most of the time it is treatable with clinically-proven treatments such as finasteride, minoxidil, or a combination of the two available. Although there are a number of possible causes, it’s easier than ever to get a diagnosis and do something to overcome hair loss.
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