Thanks in advance for taking time to answer my question. I am 18 years old and have been noticing hair loss on the back of my head (in the crown area) for about 10 months. I guess it has gotten worse with time, I am still getting the same comments/questions from friends, “Are you going bald?” It’s not the best question to be asked at 18 years old. I am having trouble accepting the fact that I am loosing my hair because I would venture to say that I am physical-look-conscious. haha. I have an appointment with the dermatologist in about 2 weeks. The hair I have lost isn’t all that great, but when looking specifically at the area you can tell 2 thinning patches, one on both sides of my head. Will I be able to grow my hair back to normal or will I be able to stop the hair loss? What can I do on my own to help myself either grow hair, reduce the loss, or make it look as though I am not loosing hair? I was under a lot of stress over the past year, but I don’t believe that hair loss would just happen in those areas if I lost my hair due to stress, or could it? Thanks again for reading and answering!
Stress can induce hair loss. The place where the hair loss occurs is usually the weakest hairs first, then the less weak hairs in the ‘patterned’ hair loss that men experience. Where it is lost is genetically programmed in each and every man. If you are losing hair in the front, then if you get stressed, the frontal hair may experience accelerated hair loss. If you are losing it in the crown and not the front, then the crown may experience accelerated hair loss before the front is impacted. What I just said reflects genetic balding, not some other condition causing hair loss. Women do not have patterned hair loss, so they can lose hair anywhere with stress.