7 Early Signs of Balding to Look Out for in Your 20's

7 Early Signs of Balding to Look Out for in Your 20's

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The path to follicular misfortune can sometimes begin a lot earlier than you expect. While a receding hairline may seem a distant issue for those in their twenties, a close examination of your crown might reveal more than a few strands making an unexpected exit.

What To Look For

Noticing the telltale signs of thinning hair early can make all the difference. It's the secret little cues from your scalp that often go unnoticed until suddenly—they don't. Being clued in to these cues can help you stem the loss in its tracks constructively (read: with science) before you find yourself wearing hats indoors and dodging reflective surfaces like they're landmines.


Yes, balding can be a sensitive subject. But trust us, capturing the first signs of thinning hair is an empowering act. It's about self-awareness and the proactive care that every gent deserves.


Here are the seven early signals that your mane might be on the move—or, in this case, on the way out.

1. The Parting of Waves

If you normally rock the 'perfectly parted hair’ look, except now the part seems to yawn a little wider, revealing skin instead of scalp, that’s a telltale sign. Look closely, and if you think you can see more scalp than strands, your hair may be waving goodbye to its former glory.

2. Less is Less; Hair Thinning on the Crown

You know that spiral your crown hair likes to form? If that area starts to look, well, sparser, you’re not imagining things. Thinning at the crown is a classic male balding pattern, and it can be one of the first areas to show signs.

3. Slower Production at the Frontline

Are you staring at a convex horizon when you should be seeing a flat one? The front lines have retreated, and it's not a military campaign we're talking about. A receding hairline, especially one that starts to form a widow’s peak, is one of the earliest signs of balding - and it’s usually a one-way ticket to "Yeah, my dad used to have hair like that."

4. Hair Has Lost Some of Its Luster

Hair that lacks shine and volume is potentially malnourished hair, and can be an important indicator of your hair’s health overall. If your hair strands are showing signs of reduced health, it’s worth asking if your hair density could be suffering also.

5. A Symphony of Strays

Awakening to find a few stray hairs on your pillow can be disconcerting, but it shouldn't set off alarm bells. It's natural; the scalp is home to about 100,000 hair follicles, and losing 50 to 100 hairs a day is a normal part of the hair's life cycle. If you are consistently seeing more than that, it can be a sign that hair is starting to thin.

6. New Scalp Issues

Scalp acne is a mysterious beast. But when paired with hair thinning, it's not a coincidence. Acne and its underlying causes can throw the hair growth cycle out of whack, leading to patches of thinness and making new growth more of a struggle.

7. The Unwelcome Shed Visitor

Hair in the shower? Normal. A full drain cleanout being necessary every time you shower? Not necessarily. Excess hair shedding during your daily wash to the point that it clogs the drain, especially if you have short hair, can be a warning sign of thinner hair to come.

An Ounce of Prevention, A Ponytail of Cure

Recognizing these signs early on can be unsettling, but it's also an opportunity—an early intervention that could potentially delay the countdown to going bald.


Clutch’s Thick AF Hair Density Serum isn't some magical elixir peddled by back-alley charlatans. It’s a scientifically backed formula that utilizes ingredients which work with your natural hair cycle to create an optimal environment for hair growth. By employing potent compounds that help combat the effects of DHT, the notorious follicular saboteur, this serum is everything you need in a go-to preventative measure. While you may still go bald eventually, a serum like Clutch can help delay that day and keep the hair you have healthier.


Armed with this knowledge—and a bottle of Thick AF Serum—it's time to stand up to the first signs of balding in the prime of your life. Don't worry, a thinning mane doesn't have to be your future.

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