I began noticing a very slight loss on my front right side at about 29yo, though everyone told me I was crazy. Since then, I have moved to NY and have remarkably increased stress level. After being here 2 years now, I’m 32 and have noticed my hairline thinning more and my face aging. Is this all due to stress, or is it just the aging process coincidentally starting at the same time my stress level increased? Btw, I’m a male; my father was not bald until he had chemo at 50; my uncles all have their hair; my grandfather on my mom’s side was bald. Since graduating college at 28, I have been through a lot and my diet has gone downhill for lack of money. I was a vegetarian for 8 yrs until about 28.
We have seen aging differences in twins where one is more stressed than the other so, yes, stress changes the rate at which we age. Male pattern balding is a genetic process that is certainly accelerated by stress. If you can barely see it, then you should get your hair mapped out for miniaturization so that a diagnosis can be made.