Hair loss and balding are often associated with the middle-aged. Studies show that Millennials (born 1982-2004) are just as likely to experience hair thinning, however, and take the necessary precautions to fight the visible signs of early-stage hair loss. A report from Mintel shows that about 60% of Millennials seek treatment and solutions to maintain their youthful appearance, while only 49% of Generation X (born 1965-1984) choose to do so.
Since Millennials are more proactive about meeting the challenges of hair loss, they are also more likely to visit a hair clinic to restore the fullness and appeal of their locks. While several treatment options are available to help fight thinning hair, young patients should understand the factors that contribute to hair loss first.
Genes and the Ageing Process
Genetic factors make hair loss an inescapable fact of life. Troublesome family traits can lead to some individuals experiencing genetic hair loss as early as their teens or twenties. In fact, a poll done by hair care giant L’Oreal in 2014 shows that about 16% of women were already suffering from hair thinning before their 30th birthday.
Many individuals in their early 20s experience hair loss due to traction alopecia — a condition that causes hair loss due to the persistent gentle pulling on the hair roots for prolonged periods. In a time when men are sporting man buns and braids and women wear hair extensions and clip-ins, experts are concerned that in-vogue hairstyles could encourage one’s hair to start thinning.
Stress and Mental Health
The American Psychological Association reveals that Millennials are 52% more likely to experience stress-induced sleepless nights than any other generation. High levels of stress can, in fact, speed up the hair shedding process. Additionally, other factors, such as drinking, smoking and using recreational drugs, can encourage a general over-thinning of the hair over time.
While there are several causes for premature hair loss, young adults can take certain steps to handle a poor hair situation. These include maintaining a healthy scalp and visiting a physician to identify the proper cause and treatment for hair loss.