View Full Version : Hairline receding at 20 years old...?

08-11-2012, 04:31 PM
I recently looked at my hair in the mirror a couple days ago, and was shocked to discover that not only was my hairline receding, but that it had receded pretty quickly. Based on the Norwood chart, I think it's Norwood III, but it would be a major relief to find out if it was just a "mature hairline". I'm starting to highly doubt this, sometimes based on the perspective it doesn't look so bad, but other times It's flabbergasting how much has been lost.

This balding surprised me primarily because of my age, since I'm only 20, and I thought at minimum this would be a problem at 25, and the fact that unless I pulled my hair back I never really notice. After doing some internet research, it seems that my situation is uncommon yet not unheard of. I've been dealing with some recent trauma and social anxiety plus depression, so I'm not sure if this truly contributes, but I am feeling a lot worse knowing that I'll be balding a lot earlier than most of my peers. When I'm nervous, I run my hands through the front of my hair, but I don't think this would cause baldness since it's supposed to just regrows back if it falls out. This is especially distressing considering my small frame, so I don't think I could pull off a shaved head.

I've looked into potential treatment, and correct me if I'm wrong but they seem to be a lot of effort for little payoff or possibly none whatsoever. The two drugs currently prescribed don't seem to help with temples, and they are apparently expensive and need to be taken continuously. Will I be able to grow back what I lost or maintain what I have for a significant period of time if I take these drugs? Hair transplant seems to be another option, but I read a story in which a man's transplant all fell out and everyone could see the severe scarring everywhere on the head. I'm not clear how this works or how people manage to finance it. Is this a viable or reasonable option, or should I forget it?

Does diet and exercise also have an effect apparently? I've been trying both recently but since my discovery, my anxiety is becoming much more severe. I've read Zinc can help, and I've heard Camellia Oil too, but what seems to pop up most are the drugs. There's also another site I read claiming it's caused by too much estrogen, but it sounded like quackery...

Hairstyle left alone
left alone, side

Pulled back, front
Pulled back, above

One side, pulled back

Other side, pulled back

Is it also really testosterone-based? I can't even fully grow a mustache yet, so the biological process confounds me a bit. I should also mention both my family sides' men have thin/bald hair, unfortunately as far as I know.

This is the site I think is strange, by the way. Claiming baldness is a byproduct of too much estrogen consumption (found in, say, soybeans, which I do consume and enjoy)

What do you think? Thank you for your time.

08-11-2012, 05:01 PM
In addition, is it guaranteed to get worse? Someone told me they lost some of their hairline between the ages of 15-20 and expected to bald but nothing ended up happening.

08-11-2012, 05:20 PM
You're not nw3, more like nw2. I'm 20 years old and nw3, this is uncommon, but not unheard of.

08-11-2012, 06:26 PM
You're not nw3, more like nw2. I'm 20 years old and nw3, this is uncommon, but not unheard of.

isn't something like 20% of men at age 20 display signs of hair loss? Why you think it's uncommon?

08-11-2012, 06:47 PM
Your hair doesn't seem to be thinning which is a good thing. My hair line is a bit better but I'm thinning from the right side of my hairline(I'm 23). I will advice you to get on the BIG 3. Which is Propecia/Proscar, minoxidil, and nizoral. Try to see a hair specialist first before you try propecia. Try to add more fruits and vegetables into your diet. Take bioting pills, I heard it works wonderful. Stress is a big factor as well. Iv'e been stressing with personal problems during the past, and I was shedding big time. Haven't been stressing anymore and my shedding has stopped. Good Luck.

08-11-2012, 08:10 PM
Looks like NW2 to me. Plus you have thick hair. If you were like me, NW3 hairline+thin hair, you'd be messed up. But you have thick hair.