Hair Loss Factors in 18 Year Old

Dr. Rassman,
I am very concerened about my hair. I am 18 years old and I noticed that I could slightly see my scalp through my long hair about a year ago. I have been taking propecia for about 4-5 months and just recently I’ve been seeing my scalp more. Is this due to my recent routine of using head and shoulders dandruff shampoo every other day? or is it that there are more bathroom mirrors with lights above them? or is it my unhealthy diet from college food? or a mixture of everything? I also notice that I see a lot of scalp when I get out of the shower and my hair is wet. Please e-mail back. I’m really worried. Thanks a lot.

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There are numerous causes for hair loss in your cases, like male balding pattern, stress from school, and dieting. You must realize that you can normally lose up to 100 hairs per day. I am not convinced about shampoo causing your hair loss.

You need to read the many entries here for hair loss in young men (see Age category). There is no substitute for getting evaluated by a good doctor who will map out your head for miniaturization and make a diagnosis for you. Do not be foolish and try to save pennies while you lose your valuable and irreplaceable hair. See a good doctor ASAP. Since you are in the Los Angeles area, it would be a good idea to call 800-NEW-HAIR to setup an appointment at my L.A. office if you’d like a free evaluation.

6 thoughts on “Hair Loss Factors in 18 Year Old

  1. Hello Doctor, I seem to be Facing the same problems above mentioned, father too is having almost bald at age of 50.
    I know this is hereditary also due to hormonal imnalance and many more reasons but if it is due to hormonal imbalance can it be stabilised when i am completely matured. Can you mention any other reasons related to this. “any of it”.
    Genetically or sexual.

    Thank you,

    Awaiting a reply.

  2. hi, iam just 18 studying in college,i am losing my hair between 10-20 a day and in center head there is no hair and i am even loosing my hair in crown area parts…i think the reason for loosing my hair is, i had coloured my hair some 4 months before and again applied dye to become black. before these thing i have never experienced the hair fall and before i used to clean my hair daily with dove shampoo…so please tell any remedies to stop hair fall and to grow thw fallen hair….

  3. I am very concern for my hair, It started when I came back from India a 2 months ago and ever since my hair is dropping like flies.. I always had great hair that was thick now it’s very thin and I can see my scalp! I been trying to take a lot of fish oil to help me but it’s not doing anything!!! I’m only 18 and my hair is falling out in hand folds.!!!! please help me!

  4. i have been suffering through hair loss since a yr. i consulted a dermatologist. 1st he gave me minoxidil 2%, and told me to apply once a day. after a month, he started giving me injections(it was a set of 6 injections to be taken in 6 months. trade name kenacort). after 5 months and 5 injections, the treatment was found to be ineffective. He has given me minoxidil 5%(to be put daily twice), but 2 months have passed and the results are not encouraging. i am still losing hair a tremendous rate. i am going to be 18 soon. what shoud i do??

  5. Hi, I am an 18 year old female, my hair has been thinning over the past couple of years and now it has got to the stage where I can see my scalp through my hair. I am also loosing a lot of hair on my head in areas where men usually loose hair. I was wondering whether or not this is normal and what can I do to grow my hair or even stop it from falling

    Thank You

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