Suffering From Hair Loss In Your Teens Can Be Devastating.
Hair loss at any age can be devastating, but to begin the hair loss process as a teenager is beyond the scope of what most teens will ever be forced to cope with. After all, isn’t it old guys that suffer from hair loss?
I remember when I first started losing my hair at the age of 16. At first, I didn’t believe it was happening. I assumed I was eating wrong, or suffering from type of adolescent bodily change that would be temporary, and that eventually I would wake up one day and my hair would all of a sudden start growing back.
Little did I know, I was actually suffering from male pattern baldness, a condition that affects more boys than most people realize. In fact, an estimated 20% of hair loss sufferers begin the process of balding before than age of twenty one, and many begin like me before they even graduate from high school.
My hair thinning occurred at an insane speed. By the age of 18 I found myself cutting my hair very short to hide how thin my hair was. My forehead got bigger. I tried to cover the receding hairline with my hair. It worked, for a little bit.’
Eventually, I was forced to accept that I was going BALD. I tried to come to terms with it, but that didn’t change the many uncomfortable and embarrassing moments that came with being a balding 18 year old.
My self-confidence around girls was terrible, especially when things became romantic and they would run their hands through my hair.
Going to the public swimming pool, or to a pool party? Forget it. My bald spots on my head looked ridiculous after swimming.
Even playing sports (which I loved) was often embarrassing because I couldn’t control how my hair laid on my head. A great performance would leave me looking very unattractive.
Going bald was something that I worried about every day of my life, and literally detracted from everything I tried to do.
When looking back, I’m not surprised that I was losing my hair. Male-pattern baldness, which is what I suffered from, is a highly heritable condition. My father and my grandfather was bald and on my mother’s side I had an uncle that lost all his hair at an early age. I also ate very unhealthy, and ignored all the evidence that around foods and dietary supplements that could naturally support the regrowth of my hair.
I’m absolutely sure that if I had known what I know now, that I would have never started balding. It was my dietary and lifestyle habits that were triggering a genetic predisposition to hair loss. I knew deep down that this was not natural.
Understanding Genetic Predisposition is important when it comes to hair loss. A genetic predisposition (sometimes also called genetic susceptibility) is an increased likelihood of developing a particular disease, such as male or female pattern baldness, based on a person’s genetic makeup. BUT, it doesn’t mean you WILL get the disease. People like me, and maybe you, that are genetically predisposed to hair loss need to make sure they are living the right lifestyle, eating the right foods, and using the right natural supplements to reduce the likelihood of their genetic predisposition to hair loss becoming a reality.
Think about it: How is going bald in your teens or early 20’s natural? What I found out, after doing a lot of research is that sometimes it’s not natural, and that nature offers some pretty compelling evidence that there’s something that can be done to prevent and even reverse hair loss.
The main cause of hair loss is something called Dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. DHT is a chemical derivative of testosterone that binds to receptors in the scalp follicles on your head and makes it impossible for healthy hair to survive. So, especially for those of you genetically predisposed to hair loss, the most important thing you can do to maintain or regrow your hair is block DHT from killing your hair follicles.
I’ve put an enormous amount of research (1000s of hours) into understanding the best way to block DHT. Just like any other scientific breakthrough, there are many marketers out there claiming to have the next great pill or topical product to get the job done. The problem is, most are purely driven by profit and their products do very little if anything to help hair loss sufferers.
I can tell you from my own experience, once you find something that works, it will truly change your life. So, get started today by taking the quiz below to see if what I discovered can work you. I think if you took the time to read about my experience, you’re likely a good candidate.
Good luck, and please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or any of the Shapiro MD team members if you have any questions.