Is it normal for 18 year old males to have a receding hairline?

Answer by Nature Crazy:

The field of epigenetics (which was a direct result of the work carried out at the human genome project) demonstrates that while the DNA in our make-up remains fixed the epigenome continually responds to our diet and living conditions, enabling an entire alteration in genetic expression.

In other words, your genes just determine a supsceptivity towards thinning and hair loss. There are many ways for halting the process naturally for all types of hair loss. Controlling inflammatory cytokines, such as Tumor Necrosis Factor alpha, Superoxide, Reactive Oxygen Species, Prostaglandin imbalances, stress hormone elevation, prolactin production, and DHT will be key for you.

Weight gain, Genes, Excessive physical or mental stress, Environmental Pollution, Poor diet and eating disorders, lack of vitamins and minerals, and a build up of toxins in the body can all trigger these inflammatory events in the body. Unfortunately, in today’s society stress, environmental pollution, and a poor diet is almost unavoidable, all we can do is buffer what stresses we are dealt. Fortunately, a good anti aging / pro hair routine will help mitigate the effects of stress on the body.

Here’s a list of some scientifically proven compounds you should consider utilizing.

1. Scutellaria baicalensis enhances hair growth and prevents further hair loss by inhibiting DHT binding with the androgen receptor and regulating the hair growth factor. In essence, this forces your follicles to transition from the telogen to anagen growth phase, which helps puts a stop to widespread hair loss.


2. Supplementing with Ecklonia Cava which is one of the most multifaceted supplements you can add to your routine. It stimulates hair growth, prevent hair follicle death, and reduces DHT activity in a natural way.


3. If your liver starts to underperform it cannot properly remove hormones and toxins from our body including free testosterone and DHT. Supplementing with milk thistle on a regular basis can help improve the functioning of your liver and thus improve your overall health and hair.


4. Specific hormones, called prostaglandins, can slow hair follicle growth and when left unchecked greatly contribute to hair loss by allowing another hormone called interleukin 6 to shorten the anagen hair growth stage and extend the catagen hair sleeping stage. Using an Omega-3 supplement on a daily basis helps to suppress this inflammatory prostaglandin which is a direct response to DHT.


5. The supplements help your body from the inside out, and an effective topical directly addresses the scalp and hair from another front. If at all possible, try to avoid chemicals and opt for a natural topical that does not create dependent hairs but rather stimulates and aids hair growth naturally. For example, did you know that Rosemary essential oil used topically by itself is just as effective for hair loss as minoxidil?

A recent study tested Rosemary essential oil against 2% topical minoxidil for the treatment of male pattern balding and showed that both reduced hair loss the same but scalp itching was more frequent in the minoxidl group versus rosemary. This demonstrates that rosemary essential oil is just as efficient for hair loss as minoxidil – but safer and not detrimental in the long run. Here is a link to that study.


6. Steer clear of chemical laced shampoos and opt for only natural hair care products. The wrong products strip your hair of its protective oils, which causes breakage and exacerbates your hair loss. Our rule of thumb when choosing a new shampoo is to avoid the following ingredients. Sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, propylene glycol, PEG, DEA, TEA, parabens, and fragrances.

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Is it normal for 18 year old males to have a receding hairline?