If you are afraid of going bald at 23, you are not alone. It is not uncommon to see men lose hair fast at a young age. Hair loss in men usually starts above the temples and the top of the head, but the back of the head is often least affected. Unfortunately, some men lose all of their hair by the time they are 30.

Although you may have thick hair during your teens, going bald at 20 is possible. It may cause you to panic as many young men do, and lead you to think of ways to remedy the situation. Here’s some information on why you may be going bald at 23 and what you can do about it.

Going Bald at 23: Why?

Looking around, you will see a good number of men are facing a problem of early hair loss. Hair loss is not a serious health problem, but when it occurs at a young age, it may severely affect how you feel about yourself. Why are you going bald at 23? Here are some possible reasons.


Stress is part of our everyday life, but with too much stress, it can become a cause of numerous health problems. Hair experts cite stress as a potential trigger for hair loss problems, which cause balding. The good news is that hair loss caused by stress is temporary and can be improved by practicing stress management.


Poor Nutrition

A poor diet may not explain why you are going bald at 20, but if your diet is lacking the essential nutrients that support healthy hair growth, severe hair loss may occur. Eating a balanced diet ensures a proper supply of proteins, vitamins and minerals for your hair follicles. A healthy diet also helps suppress the production of hormones such as dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which plays a major role in male pattern baldness.



Hair loss can be inherited, and genetic factors may cause an increase in DHT, a by- product of testosterone, which influences hair loss.


Hormonal Changes

Male-pattern baldness is a hereditary condition that is characterized by a particular pattern of progressive hair loss. Hair thinning may begin in puberty and may be related to hormonal changes. However, hormonal imbalances can also trigger transient hair loss in women during pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause.



Smoking increases your likelihood of going bald at 23. Your hair needs oxygen-rich blood in the scalp. However, smoking reduces the oxygen levels in the blood and increases carbon monoxide levels, which damages your hair follicles. Nicotine from cigarettes also reduces blood flow and negatively affects growth of hair.


Cosmetic Procedures

Shampooing too often, having perms, dyeing and bleaching hair may contribute to hair thinning because these can damage the hair, making them brittle and weak. Other practices such as using tight braids, rollers, hot curlers, and hair picks can also damage your hair. Although these procedures do not cause baldness, severe hair damage can cause lasting bald patches.


Certain Illnesses

Medical conditions that are accompanied by hair loss include thyroid gland disorders, fungal infection of the scalp (ringworm), polycystic ovary syndrome, and alopecia areata.


Other Risk Factors

Other factors that can increase your risk of losing hair at an early age include certain drugs (chemotherapy drugs, blood thinners, blood pressure medications, birth control pills), X-rays, burns, and injuries.

Going Bald at 23: What to Do


Choose Gentle Hair Products

Your shampoo, conditioner, hair spray and other hair products may contain harsh chemicals that can harm your scalp and hair, speeding up hair damage and loss. Choose hair products that contain natural ingredients and those that do not contain sulfates, alcohol, or silicone.


Comb Your Hair, Don't Brush

Brushing tends to pull hair, especially when it is wet. Use a wide-tooth comb, instead, starting near the ends of your hair to comb out the tangles first, then working your way up to the roots.


Avoid Using Heat to Style Your Hair

Avoid using heat styling tools such as straightening irons, curling irons, or other types of hot tools. If you really have to use these, choose the lowest setting whenever you can.


Massage Your Scalp

Use nutritional oils such as egg oil or coconut oil or jojoba oil to massage your scalp. This can help increase blood circulation and stimulate hair growth. You can also massage the scalp while you are in the shower. Using a circular motion with the tips of your fingers, start near the forehead, going to the sides and then the back of your head, focusing on the areas where there is thinning of the hair.


Manage Your Stress

Lower your stress levels by getting more sleep, exercising frequently, and practicing meditation.


Take Omega-3-Rich Foods

Omega-3 fatty acids promote new hair growth. Include omega-3 rich foods such as avocados, walnuts, salmon and sardines in your diet.


Use Biotin Supplements

This B vitamin is found in animal-based food products like liver and meat. You can also take biotin supplements, which are believed to promote hair growth.

Note: Consult your doctor if you experience sudden hair loss, patchy hair loss or severe hair loss to rule out any underlying medical condition that may require treatment.

Should I Shave My Head If I Am Going Bald?


Some men would rather have a completely bald head than one that shows uneven hair thickness or patchy bald spots. In fact, baldness may project an image of manliness and strength. Although you may feel less attractive when you are going bald at 23, others may actually consider baldness more attractive than having a full head of hair. Some studies show that many people consider baldness as a sign of masculinity, dominance, and strong leadership potential.

Shaving the head completely is not for everyone who is going bald. Some men may appear less attractive and older with a shaved head. However, many feel better about themselves after shaving off all their hair because it makes them feel less self-conscious and it gives them a new sense of confidence. Another advantage is that it takes off all the stress of trying to reverse hair loss and reduces their expenses. Whatever your choice, remember that your appearance alone does not define who you are.


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  • DavidOct.8 20:17
    When I was 14 I had two people tell me I would be bald and at 19 it started. It Ruined all of my 20s and still to this day has had an effect on me. I made a bad decision to have Hair Surgery, Transplants, Flaps and scalp reductions. I was scarred so severely that I was forced to wear wigs for 14 years. Finally in 2007 I went to Australia to See Dr Ray Woods and had 12 corrective surgeries. They used Beard, body and scalp hair. I now am very comfortable but have a thin look. I get PRP treatments done and it seems to have thickened up the hair quite a bit. Hair loss is no laughing Matter. Nobody wants bald. Look at poor Prince William. He looked so much better with hair. No person wants Bald Tires and say oh ' That Rocks" Pure lies. Use meds, get treatment but do not let yourself go bald. It is not cool at all!!
  • now 24 not 14... 24..
  • I was about 17-18 when I had diffused thinning for 6+ months. I went almost completely bald, this was telligen efflivium from stress and a common precursor to male pattern baldness. Once the thinning stopped hair started to regrow, but my hair line began receding. I freaked out! BIG TIME! Anxiety depression you name it I went through it, it was horrible in high school to have advanced hair loss. I went on propecia, tried everything I could. After a few years on and off treatments I gave them up. I am now 14 - my hair line has receded a lot, the back is thinned, but I have enough to have a good looking short hair style. Now I am happy to have a receded hair line, looks mature! I am happy to have the hair I do have, others have it worse! I am not spending a cent on hair products or messing with my hormones!!! Those DHT blockers killed my erections and sex drive even at a young age! Basically I GOT OVER IT and embraced it never been happier! Hair loss doesn't phase me.. If anyone asks oh are you losing your hair? I say YES obviously! They say why? I say pff genetics. I don't give a fuck at all and nobody else does. Life is way too short to spend money time and stress on hair. GET OVER IT! Being a human and being a man isn't about hair! Think of how beautiful some women are (all) undergoing chemo with bald heads... Beauty isn't in hair it's in everything. GET OVER IT AND ENJOY YOUR LIFE. Save your time money and stress, cut it off, own it, get on with thing!!!!!!!!!!
  • Eric BallardJul.5 07:07
    I'm 17 and going bald at the corners of my head, my dad says its hereditary but I don't think I should be balding this bad. Are there any regrowth symptoms?
  • jimmy beanApr.22 18:34
    James White, don't be so anxious. I am 20- been losing my hair for the last year. All my friends have taken notice of it too, and it made me super self-conscious. I used to have super thick wavey brown hair as well, the kind that a lot of girls really seem to be attracted to. Throughout jr high and highschool, girls were always calling me "hot" Now being 20 and not having that hair anymore, yeah, it did something to my ego. You just have to sublimate it into a good thing. F*** hair. Girls haven't really looked at me the same, and yes that worries me, but I see bald guys with women literally all the time. It's all about your charisma, in the end.
  • James WhiteNov.5 02:47
    I'm a 25-year-old guy, my hairline is starting to recede, and I want to know what my real options are. This hurts me particularly because I have thick, wavy brown hair, and I consider it my best physical feature (it is by far the part of me that I get the most physical compliments on). I'm not wearing a toupee or anything obvious and gross. I'm 25 for God's sake! I'm too young to be old! Has anyone here heard of this http://bit.ly/20vbESC thing? Read a lot good reviews on the internet. Does it really help?
  • Juan Apr.23 14:06
    @ : I have try so many products and they actually stop my hair loss but never gave me the hair that I loss already, I have tried minoxidil, dht vitamin blocker and also some hair loss shampoos. What I'm doing now instead of wasting more money I would save my money to get my hair transplants, you won't need any more of those products cause your hair will grow naturally and it's a one lifetime payment so you don't have to be back every year except for the doctor to know how you are doing. I know how you feel my hair is my main attribute as well and I don't want to lose it at such a young age I'm 24 btw.
  • advice for~~Sep.27 06:13
    @ : mate if you begin any treatment other than hair transplant you will be a prisoner. Morning and night regime to keep your fake hairs. Do you want this for the rest of your life? The anxiety, time, stress, self doubt, panic from just hair loss? look around all men almost have receding hairlines it's manly and normal! Dude I got my receding hairline at 17, now 24 I lost a lot don't have all that much but enough to have a short hairstyle (read my comment) - do not focus on hair loss in life ignore it! be happy
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