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I'm young and my hair is thinning

  1. Sep 23, 2012 #1
    I'm 16 years old male, and I noticed last year that my hair was thinning. I do not know if it's because of my dry scalp or because of the shampoo I'm using. Is it normal to have thinning hair at this age?Can I regrow my lost hair? Also, how can I get rid of my dry, itchy scalp?
    Thank you.
     
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  3. Sep 23, 2012 #2

    Chi Meson

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    Do you have an uncle on your mother's side? If so, is he bald? If so, get used to it sooner rather than later. This is not always the case, but male pattern baldness is inherited from the mother. How weird is that?

    Until then, use a normal over the shelf dandruff shampoo. They are all the same.
     
  4. Sep 23, 2012 #3

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    My hair has been steadily thinning for as long as I remember. (I'm only 28) For my own dry scalp issues I use Head and Shoulders. Try that or another dandruff shampoo. Remember to let it soak in your hair for a few minutes before you rinse it off, otherwise it won't work.
     
  5. Sep 23, 2012 #4
    Minoxidil works. But ultimately your genes will win out.

    My college roommate had a full head of hair at 18 and when he graduated at 22 he was a cue ball. It happens.

    Bald is not unsexy if you embrace it. Don't do the combover- just shave it every day and accept it.

    Old Hungarian proverb: there's no such thing as baldness; just a forehead reaching clear back to your *ss.
     
  6. Sep 23, 2012 #5

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    +1. It's all in the attitude.
     
  7. Sep 23, 2012 #6
    Castration is a 100% surefire and permanent solution.
     
  8. Sep 23, 2012 #7
    I thought that was a myth.

    Also, to the OP, baldness isn't all bad. Look a Jason Statham; he has AGA, and he's considered to be attractive.
     
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  9. Sep 23, 2012 #8
    Yea it is possible to start balding at a very young age. I see a few kids in my classes around campus who are 20-21 and are balding very noticeably.

    It could be caused by some other issue though. Maybe ask your doctor about it.
     
  10. Sep 24, 2012 #9

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    I'm waiting until I can pull off "The Picard" as I call it. You know, the Captain Picard from Star Trek TNG when he has that ring of hair and is bald on top.
     
  11. Sep 24, 2012 #10

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    See your doctor, they can give you appropriate advice. Yes: in certain cases it's possible to get treatment, but don't waste your money on products that promise more than they can fulfill (thus get expert advice).
     
  12. Sep 24, 2012 #11

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    Is it? That was taught when I took bio in high school. I'm personally an exception to that rule, so I knew it wasn't 100%. My mother's brother was a bald red-head. When I was young I had super thick ("Danny Partridge") hair that was a combination of red and brown.

    Today, all the red has gone, and my hair is "normal" thickness. I sort of concluded I was born with 2 set of hair, one of which went bald.

    I never looked into it, I guess because it never mattered too much.
     
  13. Sep 24, 2012 #12
    My roommate was already on his way to being bald when we entered college at 18. He ALWAYS wore this baseball cap, no matter what the situation. It was so out of place that it became obvious to anyone that he was hiding his baldness. I don't blame him for being insecure about it, but he didn't make things better by hiding it from everyone.

    He has embraced it now and it works for him rather than against him.
     
  14. Sep 24, 2012 #13

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    You can inherit male baldness from your mother's side, but it's not the only way.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/05/050520172151.htm
     
  15. Sep 24, 2012 #14
    My uncle on my mother's side has AGA, and I have three brothers around the age at which he started going bald, and they have no signs of baldness. Instead, they have their dad's thick hair (half brothers). Now, that doesn't mean they won't start losing hair around 50 (something like 50% of men do).


    This is exactly what I was thinking. I could have phrased it better, but it's a myth that it's only inherited from the mother's side.
     
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  16. Sep 24, 2012 #15
    When you lose all your hair, you won't feel old, you'll feel like you're 16.
     
  17. Sep 24, 2012 #16
    There's a shampoo I use called Nizoral that works really well on dandruff, and I've heard from a lot of sources that the active ingredient in it supposedly slows baldness or something along those lines.
    I'm not sure about that, but it works for the dandruff. Dandruff shampoos would get rid of the dandruff between showers, but the Nizoral seemed to cure it. I ran out of it and the dandruff never came back.
    A lot of people do that, which is why there's a myth that wearing hats can cause baldness. People are just mistaking cause and effect.
     
  18. Sep 24, 2012 #17

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    Thanks to the myth (as mentioned), I was all prepared to go bald myself. Decided to go skin-head during the mid-80s, but that became problematic, due to all the skin-heads and the fact that it made me look 12 (I was in college). It's an odd effect that "balding" makes you look older, but "shaved head" makes you look younger.
     
  19. Sep 25, 2012 #18

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    Tight head garments or hairstyles can cause (permanent) hair loss, known as traction alopecia:

    "Traction alopecia in two adolescent Sikh brothers – an underrecognized problem unmasked by migration." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21371118
    "Extensive traction alopecia attributable to ponytail hairstyle and its treatment with hair transplantation." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16044234
     
  20. Sep 25, 2012 #19
    I have two hairs left on the top of my head.I groom one of them every day but keep the other one casual.
     
  21. Sep 25, 2012 #20
    I started going bald when I was about 16. I'm almost 30 now and the typical male-pattern baldness is nearly complete. I just keep my head shaved completely. Up until a few years ago, I just kept it very short (I'd let it grow to about an inch in length before shaving), but now I just Bic it in the shower twice a week. (Note: I don't mean I use the Bic brand of razor, that's just the terminology for taking it down to the skin).

    For what it's worth, no male on my mother's side of the family is bald. Not my uncle, not my grandfather, not any of my grandmother's brothers... Nobody on that side of the family is bald. On the other hand, my father went bald before 20, so did every one of his 3 brothers, their father, my cousin... It's clearly from my father's side.

    There are benefits to a shaved head. For one, I can leave the house without showering if I had to without everybody being able to notice, because I didn't have to worry about greasy hair or anything. Using a razor twice a week is cheaper than paying for a hair cut, and you never have to worry about your hair getting messed up. Plus, it's marginally safer if you're ever near any heavy machinery. Besides, shaved heads are a fairly popular look these days.
     
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