When it comes to hair loss, there is no age discrimination whatsoever. It affects all of us, men and women of every age. Men as young as 17 can start losing their hair. Same goes for women. I was 18 when I started losing mine. There are even some forms of hair loss in children as well.
Most people think that hair loss is an old age issue. But it really isn’t. My clients range from 17 to 80 and there really is no rhyme or reason to it. Of course, the younger you are the more devastating it is when you start seeing more of your scalp than you should. You feel like an outsider because a lot of your peers still look young and vibrant with plenty of hair.
But in fact, age is relative. Age is a state of mind. I know people in their 50’s and 60’s who are just starting to lose their hair and they absolutely feel like they’re too young for it. Why? Because they’ve had it all their lives. It goes to show you that when it comes to hair loss, your own perception is usually flawed because it’s such a personal issue, it’s almost impossible to be objective about it.
There shouldn’t be any shame nor blame if you’re young and you’re starting to see hair loss. I know it’s difficult to keep your emotions out of it and not let your self-esteem and confidence suffer a bit. But if you can simply take pause, look at it objectively and realize that its not your fault, then you can start addressing the situation. IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT! Let that sink in a bit. No need to be hard on yourself. There’s absolutely nothing different you could’ve done to prevent the situation. The only thing you can do is move forward and address it.
But that’s easier said than done, right? It certainly took me years to get to that realization. Now I’m trying to help others get there sooner rather than later, and restore their confidence in the process. Take a moment and really evaluate your situation. If you’re losing your hair, regardless of your age, the first step is to stop blaming yourself. Everything else is much easier after that.