9 Reasons Men Go Bald in Their 30s and What to Do About Them

9 Reasons Men Go Bald in Their 30s and What to Do About Them

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Hey, fellas! Let's talk about something that's on the minds of a lot of us guys between 30 and 55: hair loss. Having a full head of hair is more than just a pride thing; it's a symbol of youth and vitality. But as we hit this prime age, hair loss starts creeping in. It's not the easiest topic to discuss, but understanding why it happens is the first step in figuring out what we can do about it. So, let's get into it.

Why Do Men Go Bald?

Smoking can contribute to hair loss

If your hair growth cycle is working in perfect harmony, your hair should be shedding and growing back the way it should, right? But sometimes this cycle gets disrupted and goes out of whack. How and why? Science has a few ideas.

1. Genetics

The genetic cards you were dealt play a significant role in what we call male pattern baldness, also known as androgenetic alopecia, which is the most common cause of hair loss in men. If your dad or grandpa experienced hair loss early in his life, you’re more likely to have it too.

2. Aging

Even if you got lucky with those thick-hair genes, aging is like that uninvited guest. Without notice, it messes with your hair follicles, leading to thinning and, eventually, balding.

3. Testosterone levels

Another way aging gets you? As we age, our hormones start acting up. Testosterone levels may drop, while the conversion to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone linked to hair thinning, may go up. Higher DHT levels can affect your hair follicles, making them produce thinner, weaker hair or stop producing hair altogether.

4. Health conditions

Some men have certain health conditions that can impact overall health and hormones, like anemia, hypo and hyperthyroidism, and lupus, among others.  Some medications, such as anabolic steroids and certain blood pressure medications, can also chip in.

5. Poor nutrition

It's kinda obvious, but it needs to be said: your hair needs essential nutrients to grow and look good. Protein, biotin, zinc, iron, and vitamins (A, C, D, and E) are all part of the hair game. Skimping on these can leave your hair weak and prone to breaking.

6. Smoking

Apart from speeding up your body's aging process? Smoking messes with blood vessels, reducing blood flow to hair follicles. Good blood flow is like the expressway for nutrients and oxygen to your hair. Without it, your hair gets weak and falls out.

7. Alcohol consumption

A shot of whiskey every now and then isn’t an issue. But a regular alcohol binge can damage the liver, which can lead to a buildup of toxins. Alcohol can also deplete your nutrient stash—especially the vitamins and minerals your hair loves—and throw your hormones out of whack, including testosterone and DHT.

8. Stress

Stress and hair loss have a very complex relationship. Shedding can stress you out, which can lead to even more shedding. While occasional stress is normal, the chronic kind can mess with your hormones and lead to inflammation and autoimmune conditions—bad news for your hair health.

9. Environmental factors

We're not just talking about pollution, UV rays, and natural elements, but also the chemicals in your hair care products and poor hair care practices like heat styling or tight hairstyles (like man buns or dreadlocks). They're all part of the gang that can mess with your mane.

What Can You Do

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While we can't reverse all types of hair loss, there are things we can do to tackle the triggers from environmental factors and lifestyle choices:

1. Make healthier lifestyle and food choices

There’s no easy way to say this bro, but quit smoking, cut back on the heavy drinking, and choose nutrient-packed meals over processed food. There’s no need to give up on the burger, but maybe grab a side of salad instead of fries next time.

2. Manage your stress levels

To stop hair loss from stress, you’ll need to find ways to deal with the stress: meditate, get enough sleep, exercise regularly—you get the point.

3. Chat with a Pro

If hormone is the issue, don't go solo on this one. Consult a healthcare professional or an endocrinologist who knows the ins and outs of hormones and therapy. They'll guide you on keeping the hair you love while getting the treatment you need.

4. Choose your hair products wisely

This isn’t exactly news, but most hair care and styling products are packed with chemicals that aren't exactly hair-friendly. Read those labels and do some research (especially on the ones you can’t even pronounce). And find products designed to nourish your scalp, revitalize your hair follicles, and protect them from more damage.

Fight Hair Loss With Clutch

We get it—hair loss can be a real damper. But not all is lost. Follow these hair growth tips and get a natural hair growth product designed to tackle these causes at the roots, like Clutch Thick AF Hair Density Serum. When you create the best environment for your hair to grow and thrive, you're giving yourself a better shot at keeping your sexy head of hair for longer. Stay sharp, guys!