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Hairfall and Baldness are common problems that occur in both men and women. And hair loss at 20 is more common than you might think, where 16% of men aged 18-29 have hair loss. Some men may even face hair baldness. 

Most men get baldness in their old age but now, many are going bald in their early 20s. Why is this generation facing such problems in their early 20s? 

Is it because of genetics? Although it might play a huge role in this. If you think so, then no, genetics is not the reason for early baldness. Then whom to blame? It is our lifestyle. Our lifestyle doesn’t allow us to spend time on hair care. 

But there is nothing to worry about. We have come up with a few things that will help to stop your early hair loss at 20. 

What is the difference between Hair shedding and hair loss?

how to prevent hair loss at 20.

You have a hair growth cycle that includes the growing stage, transition stage, resting stage, and finally shedding stage. So in the hair cycle, hair shedding is a normal part. An average person will lose approximately 100 hair strands every day which is actually a healthy loss and doesn’t cause any issues.

Hair shedding happens for new hair to grow. 50 to 100 hairs per day happen during the exogen phase and it can last about 2 to 5 months, new hairs are growing in the follicles as old hairs fall away.

So there is nothing to panic about it. But the problems come when excessive shedding happens which can be due to various reasons. 

Identification of hair fall depends on the thickness of the hair. Hair shedding is a normal function of the body but hair loss occurs mainly due to external factors. 

Hair loss occurs stopping the hair from growing. Until the cause stops, your hair will not grow. This is a common issue for both men and women but the way it comes to them is different. If a woman has hereditary genes of hair loss, she faces thinning of hair but for a man, it will develop a bald patch on the center of the scalp. 

What are the causes of Baldness?

Before you find a way to cure your hair loss, you need to find the cause of hair loss at 20. 

The causes of baldness depend on the individual, and in many cases, people are affected by hair loss due to bad and unhealthy habits. 

Male pattern baldness

 Male pattern baldness is the most common cause of hair loss in men of all ages. This is commonly caused by genetic and hormonal factors and typically starts in the 20s and 30s. If you find hair on the scalp becoming thinner it is likely due to male pattern baldness. 

This happens when hair follicles are shed and the replacing hair is thinner and finer. It will continue to shrink and stop growing altogether. It is called androgenetic alopecia. Mostly this is likely to occur if both parents have this issue. 

Helmets

Wearing helmets cause hair loss at 20

Nowadays, most people own or use bikes, especially boys. But when riding a bike, you need to wear a helmet for safety measures. But here comes the problem. 

When you wear helmets over an extended period or wear them repeatedly putting them on and taking them off will contribute to hair loss. There are some who wear helmets over tight bands and when they remove helmets and the tight bands, hair will be shed. 

If you do not maintain your helmet properly, there are chances that you will get infections on the scalp or it will cause dandruff, which leads to hair loss at 20 and results in baldness. The helmet is likely to collect sweat from the head and traps it or other matter until you remove it. 

Excessive shampoo

Using an excessive amount of shampoo can cause baldness because shampoo contains many chemicals and rubbing too much can also cause baldness. There are shampoos that are sulfate-free, ph balanced, and good to apply to hair. But shampoos cannot be a complete cause for solution for hair fall. 

Tying your hair tight

It is common that girls and boys with long hair to tie their hair so tightly so that their faces would not be interrupted by their hair, and they would be more comfortable. But this is actually a problem. 

When you pull your hair back constantly with tight hairstyles, it can have serious side effects.  It is because the constant pull and tension from tight hairstyles reduce the hairline while stressing and eventually damaging the hair follicles.

It can make it worse, leading to traction alopecia which is a condition where the follicle is permanently weakened. This means this kind of hair loss can become permanent. It is really important to change your partition and hairstyles often. So it will keep the flattening and shedding away. 

Whenever possible, try wearing your hair down or tied loosely back. If the skin on your face feels like it’s being pulled back when you wear a ponytail, it’s definitely too tight.

Tie your hair with soft, non-static scrunchies with cotton fibers or pure silk.

Brushing wrongly 

brushing your hair constantly can cause hair loss

When you comb or brush your scalp excessively, it can cause breakage and hair loss. So brush the hair only when needed, or only once in the morning and once at night. 

Unless you have extremely tangled hair, there’s no need to brush more often. If you do consistently struggle with tangled hair, try gently combing with conditioner in the shower or use a detangling spray on damp hair afterward.

Use a detangling spray and detangle carefully from the bottom rather than at the top which rips down the hair as you go along. Use a wide comb for wet hair and soft bristles for dry hair, and avoid brushing the hair when wet.

Sometimes teasing and backcombing the hair can look wonderful and nice. But frequent tugging can put a lot of strain on your hair which can lead to weakened hair that breaks easily. If your hair is already dry or damaged, or you see a lot of split ends, it’s best to avoid this. 

UV rays

Sun’s UV rays are dangerous with overexposure. And this will help in acne and fungal infection on the scalp as it helps to slow down skin cell growth. Overexposure can weaken hair follicles causing breakage and dullness. 

Stress

Stress is caused environmentally caused and can cause hair loss excessive physical or emotional stress associated with injury, illness or surgery can cause hair loss. 

The effects of stress can be seen in every aspect of our life. Cortisol, or the stress hormone released by our body when our mind is on overdrive, can lead to hormonal imbalances, disruption in the healthy growth cycle of the hair, and inflammation. 

At any given time, 10-15% of our hair is in a resting phase, which means it doesn’t grow or fall out. Every two or three months, these resting hairs shed, and new ones grow in their place. If you prioritize mental health, the shedding triggered by stress can stop, and the hair will grow back well. 

How to stop hair loss at 20? 

Wash regularly

If you wash your hair daily, it may protect against hair loss as it keeps the scalp healthy and clean. Use mild shampoo because harsher formulas may dry hair and cause it to break, leading to hair loss.

Coconut oil

This oil is world popular for most hair problems. It is also believed that coconut oil may help prevent hair damage from grooming and ultraviolet (UV) light exposure. In coconut oil, lauric acid is found which protects it from a breakage at the root and strand. 

When you Massage coconut oil into the scalp, it may promote better blood flow and help with regrowth. 

Coconut milk

coconut milk is a remedy for hair loss

Coconut milk is rich in beneficial nutrients like fat, proteins,  zinc, and vitamins B12, C, and E.  Vitamin E is proven to protect and combat the damage by free radicals. These proteins and essential fats in it promote hair growth and prevent hair loss.

This coconut milk hair treatment penetrates your scalp to nourish and condition the hair follicles. It moisturizes your hair and makes it healthy. 

Grate a medium-sized coconut and simmer it in a pan for five minutes. Strain and cool.

Add one tablespoon of each crushed black pepper and fenugreek seeds to the milk. Apply on your scalp and hair.

After 20 minutes, rinse with shampoo.

Olive oil

Olive oil is really effective and it can be used to deep condition the hair while protecting it from dryness and associating breakage. It is considered to be a central ingredient in the Mediterranean diet that may help slow genetic hair loss. 

Consider applying a couple of tablespoons of olive oil directly to the hair and letting it sit for 30 minutes before washing it out.

Olive oil and egg yolk

Combine chicken egg with Olive oil and apply it to the scalp. Chicken egg yolk stimulates hair growth because of the compound inside.

Since olive oil may have properties to stimulate hair growth, and egg yolk might, using the two ingredients together could improve your results.

Onion Juice

Onions have antibacterial properties that help fight against scalp infections while the sulfur content improves the circulation of blood to the hair follicles while promoting hair growth and controlling the loss of hair. 

Growing your hair takes a lot of patience. Adding onions to your hair routine may help it grow faster while also adding volume.

Grind the onion and squeeze out the juice to extract onion juice. Dip the cotton ball in the onion juice and apply it to your scalp.

Leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes and then wash it off using normal water and mild shampoo. Do this once a week. 

Green tea

Take a cup of hot water and add two green tea bags and allow it to soak. Once the mix is cool, rinse your hair with it. Repeat the same step for two weeks to see the effect. 

How to prevent hair loss at 20? 

Always select a helmet that is the right size for you. It should not be too loose or too tight. First, to take care of your hair, you need to take care of your helmet. Clean your helmet regularly inside and outside to prevent any seat and dirt accumulation. When not in use, keep it in a well-ventilated and clean area.

Additionally, take your time before putting on your helmet to avoid your hair from being pulled backward. Keep a layer of natural fabric inside the lining of your helmet, so it will absorb sweat. Drying your hair will avoid sweat build-up and minimize the chances of other hair issues.

Tight hairstyle can cause hair loss

Damp hair is when the hair is weak so it is important to avoid combing or brushing when your hair is damp. Because it can make the probability of hair loss increase. If you really need to comb your damp hair, you can use a wide-toothed comb. 

Also, do not brush or comb your hair excessively as it may harm your hair and increase hair fall.  Use your fingers, to untangle knots in your hair and gently pull them apart. 

If you are experiencing hair fall, leave your hair loose. It is better to avoid braids and pony tugs, along with other similar hairstyles to prevent hair loss.

Usually, near the tips, the hair tends to be most damaged. So a good trim is needed every six to eight weeks. Damaged hair has a straw-like texture, and can be chopped off to promote growth and remove split ends.

Straightening, coloring, and perming are a few rigorous chemical treatments that can bombard your hair with chemicals. Just avoid using blow dryers,  and curling rods, especially on wet hair as they actually boil the water in your hair shaft and make them brittle.

If you really need to use a blow dry, keep it on the lowest heat setting. Start with a fortifying leave-in conditioner, if using other products that heat your hair, and finish with a protective spray.

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