Hair Loss Under 40 Explained


In lots of ways, getting older means getting used to more of everything. More strange aches in your back, more regular questions about your love life from your parents, a couple more inches on your waistline.

For some of us, however, it can also mean less hair.

While most of us probably associate going bald with old age, the fact is plenty of young men experience a thinning scalp long before they’re thinking about pensions. Research has shown that around 16% of boys aged 15-17 have started to develop male pattern baldness. By the time you reach 20, you’ve got a 20% chance of a thinning scalp, which jumps up to 30% by 30.

The good news is, there’s plenty you can do to stem hair loss, whatever your age. It’s just a case of getting to grips with why your hairline is receding and then choosing a solution based on that. At Manual, our hair service is built around this exact idea. We take a personal approach to hair loss – finding a treatment plan that will work for you, however old you are.

Seriously though, why do young guys start losing their hair?

Male pattern baldness

The most common cause of hair loss in men of every age is Male Pattern Baldness (MPB).

MPB refers to a loss of hair on the scalp, caused by hormonal changes in the body. When you hit puberty your body starts making a hormone called DHT. In some men, DHT has the knock-on effect of weakening the hair follicles, leading to a gradual thinning of hair. This change in the body is the explanation for hair loss in 95% of men.

Whether you’re 15 or 55, if you start noticing your light on locks, you’ve probably got MPB to blame.

The great news is, it’s also the easiest form of baldness to treat. Clinically-proven treatments like Finasteride and Minoxidil (more about them later) are great at getting to root causes of MPB and stopping it in its tracks.

What if it’s not MPB?

That said, hair loss in very young men is less common, so it might be worth considering whether something else could be at play.

A recent study of 10,000 men found that male pattern baldness is more common in millennials than in any other generation before. This has led some people to speculate whether modern life is to blame. Today’s young people are working longer hours for less money – not to mention the added anxieties of round-the-clock emails, non-stop socialising and an, oh yeah, an impending climate catastrophe. Losing hair can happen due to major stress – stress pushes your follicles into a state of rest meaning they stop producing new – so it’s possible a non-stop lifestyle could be a contributor.

There are also other random outliers to consider. If you suffer from an existing medical condition, an auto-immune disease like lupus for example, or are undergoing a medical treatment like radiotherapy, your hair loss could be a result of this. Vitamin deficiencies can also have a detrimental effect on your mullet. Selenium and zinc are important, which is why we’ve stuffed our nutritious Hair Gummies full of them. You can also get all sorts of extra goodness from our Power Shampoo – which includes caffeine, saw palmetto, and biotin – all of which help keep your hair healthy.

If you’re unsure why you’re experiencing hair loss, don’t panic. Our team of online hair experts will help you to get to the bottom of it.

What can I do?

The good news is, if you’re experiencing hair loss then the chances are it’ll be because of MPB. And there are a couple of approaches on offer when it comes to taking it on.

First up is Finasteride. First introduced to the UK in 2002, this pill has quickly become one of the most popular treatments for hair loss available. Finasteride works by blocking the conversion of testosterone into DHT. Less DHT means less of an impact on the hair follicles. And it works! Studies have shown that 90% of men find it helps them either to grow more hair, or to stop losing it as quickly.

The second treatment we offer is Minoxidil, which comes in the form of a lotion, sprayed onto the scalp. Minoxidil stimulates the hair follicles by increasing blood flow. Studies have shown it to improve hair growth in two-thirds of men. When it comes to choosing the right option, our team of expert consultants will work with you to find the right solution for your situation.

Look, losing hair can be unwelcome at any age. We get that. But the hardest part is acknowledging what’s happening. Once you’ve done that, doing something about it is a breeze. Hair loss is incredibly common, even in young men, and what’s more, it’s never been easier to solve.

For more information about our hair-saving products, have a look at our personalised plans starting at just £18 per month.