Hair Loss in Your 20s: Causes and Solutions with Hair Growth Serum

Concerned about hair loss? Experiencing hair loss in your 20s can be particularly distressing, as it is often a time associated with growth, vitality, and self-discovery. Understanding the underlying causes of hair loss and seeking early intervention can make a significant difference. Whether it's due to genetics, hormonal changes, stress, or nutritional deficiencies, taking proactive steps towards hair care and treatment can help mitigate the effects and promote healthy hair growth.

Defining Hair Loss

Types of Hair Loss

Androgenetic Alopecia       Telogen Effluvium          Alopecia Areata 

1. Androgenetic Alopecia

Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA), or male pattern baldness, is the most common type of hair loss. It is predominantly due to an excessive response to androgen, leading to bitemporal thinning of the frontal scalp and then vertex. Though it most often occurs in adult males, women can also experience a milder form. 

Female pattern hair loss (FPHL) usually presents with preservation of the frontal hairline with widening of the part line and reduced hair volume. The Ludwig Classification is often used to describe FPHL, with Type I being minimal thinning and Type III being diffuse thinning with a see-through appearance on the top of the scalp.

2. Telogen Effluvium 

Telogen Effluvium is characterised by the excessive shedding of hair, typically as a diffuse thinning across the scalp, especially at the temples and hairs appear to be short and lacking melanin. It is a noninflammatory alopecia, usually of sudden onset triggered by physical or emotional stress, hormonal changes, or medication. Patients can lose up to 500 hairs a day, which is 2 to 3 times more than the usual hair loss in a healthy individual.

 3. Alopecia Areata 

Alopecia Areata (AA) is a nonscarring, autoimmune inflammatory disease that manifests in the hair follicles. AA presents as one or more coin-sized patches of alopecia that is most commonly seen on the scalp. Some people may also experience pitting or other changes in their fingernails or toenails. 

Why Hair Loss Happens in Your 20s

Genetic Predisposition

Genetics factors, such as variations in certain genes, can predispose individuals to hair loss by influencing hormone sensitivity and hair follicle health:

  • The androgen receptor gene (AR) is closely linked to hair loss. Androgens, particularly dihydrotestosterone (DHT), bind to receptors in hair follicles, causing them to shrink. Variations in the AR gene increase follicle sensitivity to androgens, leading to thinner, shorter hairs and eventually, no hair production.
  • The 20p11 gene produces a protein called prostaglandins (PDG2), which has been shown to inhibit hair growth. Variations in the 20p11 gene can lead to increased production of PDG2, contributing to hair loss. 

Hormonal Imbalances

Several hormones lead to hair loss as a result of their role in the hair growth cycle:

  • Androgens: Particularly testosterone and dihydrotestosterone binds to androgen receptors in hair follicles, causing them to shrink resulting in thinner, shorter hair and eventually hair loss. 
  • Thyroid hormones: When the thyroid gland produces insufficient or excess thyroid hormones, it disrupts the hair growth cycle. Patients may experience diffuse hair thinning across the scalp, hair that is dry and brittle and increased hair shedding 
  • Cortisol: Often referred to as the “stress hormone”, cortisol levels rise when you feel stressed, worried, fearful, or anxious. Elevated cortisol levels disrupt the hair growth cycle by pushing hair follicles from the growth phase prematurely into the resting phase, leading to increased hair shedding
  • Oestrogen: A key hormone in the female body, it influences hair growth in various life stages, particularly during pregnancy, menopause and while using certain hormonal contraceptives. Oestrogen binds to receptors on hair follicles and boosts the growth phase. This is why many women might notice thicker and better-looking hair during pregnancy while the decrease in oestrogen during menopause leads to gradual hair thinning. Certain birth control pills may cause hair follicles to leave the growth phase prematurely, leading to prolonged periods in the resting phase and noticeable hair shedding. 

Nutritional Deficiencies

A balanced diet with essential nutrients also plays a crucial role in maintaining healthy hair. Keratin and vitamins like B (biotin), and E (tocopheryl), along with minerals (e.g. zinc, iron) and herbal extracts (e.g. Saw Palmetto Berries, Ashwagandha) are vital for hair growth and strength. Insufficient intake of these nutrients can lead to brittle hair, hair thinning, and hair loss. Incorporating a variety of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains ensures that your body and hair receive the nutrients it needs to thrive. 

Stress and Lifestyle Factors

Chronic stress triggers hormonal imbalances that can disrupt hair growth cycle, leading to increased shedding and slower hair growth. Poor lifestyle choices such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and lack of sleep can also weaken hair follicles and make them more susceptible to damage. Managing stress levels and adopting healthy lifestyle practices–like regular exercise, yoga, and stress-relieving activities–are essential for maintaining resilient hair. 

External Factors

Frequent use of styling tools (e.g. straighteners and curling irons) and chemical treatments (e.g. bleaching, perming, colouring) can cause significant damage to hair strands. Heat styling tools can weaken hair proteins and lead to breakage, while chemical treatments strip the hair of its natural oils and proteins, making it more prone to dryness and brittleness. Reducing the use of these tools and treatments can help preserve hair health and prevent long-term damage.  

Common Treatments and Solutions

Experiencing hair loss can sure be distressing, but rest assured! These are several effective treatments and solutions available for healthy hair. 

Healthy Lifestyle Changes

Adopting a healthy lifestyle is the first step in addressing hair loss. Here are some tips to promote hair health:

  • Diet: Incorporate a balanced diet rich in essential vitamins and minerals, particularly Vitamin B (e.g. organ meats, eggs, fish), Vitamin E (e.g. nuts, seeds), biotin and increase your intake of proteins.
  • Exercise: Regular physical activity improves blood circulation, including to the scalp, which helps to nourish hair follicles. 
  • Stress management: Practise stress-reducing techniques such as yoga, meditation, and deep-breathing exercises and have adequate sleep to keep cortisol levels in check 

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Seeking Professional Help

When hair loss becomes a concern that over-the-counter treatments and home remedies can’t alleviate it, do not be afraid to seek the expertise of a trichologist. Trichologists are specialists in the science of human hair, trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of hair and scalp disorders. 

Consider medical treatments as an option to further combat hair loss and promote hair regrowth. Two of the most widely used and effective medical treatments are:

  • Minoxidil: The most common topical treatment for alopecia androgenetic it is available over-the-counter in various strengths which prevents the progression of hair shedding and improves hair density and thickness 
  • Finasteride: As an oral medication that works by inhibiting the enzyme 5-reductase that converts testosterone to DHT, finasteride is particularly effective in preventing hair loss at the crown and the middle of the scalp.

For those looking for a more permanent solution, hair transplants may be an option. This procedure involves taking hair from a donor area (usually the back of the scalp) and transplanting it to the balding or thinning areas using:

  1. Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT): Also known as the strip method, FUT removes a strip of skin from the back of the head and dissects it into individual grafts.
  2. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE): In this method, each follicular unit is extracted directly from the scalp and then transplanted to the recipient site.

Think about the cost and potential risks, or consult with a trichologist to determine if this procedure is right for you. 

Preventative Measures

Taking action against hair loss at the earliest signs allows for timely intervention and it can make a significant difference in the treatment of hair loss. Here are some tips for maintaining a healthy scalp and hair. 

Regular Scalp Care

A healthy scalp is the foundation for healthy hair growth and regular scalp care involves several practices that can help maintain an environment conducive to hair growth: 

  • Wash hair regularly: Regular washing of your scalp with a gentle shampoo removes dirt, excess oil and product buildup that can clog hair follicles 
  • Moisturise: Especially in Singapore’s climate, your scalp’s natural oils are not always enough to keep it hydrated. Use moisturising hair serums or conditioners that keep your scalp well-hydrated so that it is less prone to flaking and itching
  • Protect from the Sun: Protect your scalp by wearing a hat, avoiding the sun during the day or use scalp-friendly sunscreen to protect it 

Choosing the Right Products

Selecting the appropriate hair care products is essential for maintaining hair health and preventing further hair loss. Here are some tips to help you make the best choices:

  • Look for gentle formulas: Choose sulphate and paraben-free shampoos and conditioners. Sulphate can strip your hair of its natural oils, leading to dryness and breakage. Hair dyes can also cause damage, so opt for gentler alternatives or minimise the use of chemical products 
  • Consider product ingredients: Look out for products that contain ingredients known to support hair health, such as biotin, tocopheryl and keratin. These nutrients can help strengthen your hair and promote growth 
  • Avoid using heat on hair: Due to the heat, hair styling tools can denature the keratin protein structure of the hair shaft and turn the water in the hair shaft into steam, hair breaks easily. Minimise the use of blow dryers, straighteners, and curling irons to protect your hair from heat damage 

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