young people hair lossRecent studies in China and America seem to indicate that there does indeed seem to an increasing number of people in their 20s and 30s suffering from some form of alopecia.  Whilst the studies are far from conclusive and anecdotal in nature there does seem to be a link worth investigating further.

What’s happening?

  1. Stress – anxiety and stress are common causes of hair loss. Already proven in monkeys and mice there are a number of ways that it can lead to hair falling out by itself or by a form of self-harm called trichotillomania.
  2. Less able to cope with stress. According to the American Psychological Association there is a connection between age and stress and their research has shown that Millennials are generally complaining about more stress than previous generations and seem less likely to be able to cope with it.
  3. More pressure from social media. One theory goes that the increased exposure to social media for younger people applies a layer of previously unfelt pressure. This is bad because it it is stressful in itself.  It’s also potentially creating a false impression of thinning hair simply because of the inevitable comparison.  According to one specialist “It’s normal for people to experience some hair loss in their 20s and 30s,” she said, “but greater exposure to celebrities and the media create a greater desire for thicker, more attractive hair than earlier generations experienced.”
  4. Overdoing the styling. This might be another problem which results from the pressure to constantly look good (see point 3).  Heat and chemical damage from continual styling or traction alopecia brought about by hair extensions will all contribute to more brittle and thinner hair, sometimes resulting in permanent damage.
Whilst the jury is still out about the findings of the research the factors above could all conceivably contribute to hair loss and if it’s something you’re concerned about then please call one of our team of friendly experts for a free and confidential consultation on  +44(0)845 604 4618

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