Diet, stress, hair treatments all are among the probable reasons younger people are losing their hair at an earlier age. Have you ever noticed that younger generations seem to be losing hair a lot? It may not be your imagination. Recent research discovered that individuals in China in their 20s are going bald quicker than any generation before them.
The data was unreliable from a self-reported assessment of 4,000 students at Tsinghua University in Beijing. But researchers said that 60 percent of the young participants reported they were losing significant amounts of hair.
Whereas 25 percent said they did not notice hair loss. But their friends or family members told them. And 40 percent replied they were rather aware of their receding hairlines.
Researchers also described that the students least probable to report hair loss were studying math, science, and engineering.
Millennials and hair loss
Although balding is usually related to advancing age, an increasing number of millennials in the U.S say they are experiencing hair loss.
Dr. Andrea Hui said that both men and women as young as 18 years old are asking her for help to combat hair loss.
New York hairstylist Angelo David told about an increasing number of his younger clients. He said his clients are expressing worries with thinning hair and declining hairlines.
Autoimmune diseases, thyroid disorders, hormonal changes, and stress are among the known causes of hair loss in young women and men. However, diet can also influence hair health.
The growing popularity of vegan diets could be contributing to millennial hair loss.
A research was conducted last year by Dr. Emily L. Guo. He is a resident physician at the Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. He indicated that reduced protein consumption as well as zinc deficiencies, vitamin D, and other nutrients can adversely affect hair growth.
How is “stress” a big factor in it?
Stress can also affect the growth lifecycle of hair. Generally, your hair grows, and then stops growing, then finally falls out. Steps involved in the process are called the anagen, catagen, telogen, and exogen phases.
The anagen which is a growth phase of a human scalp hair usually lasts from two to six years. After this phase, hair enters a catagen phase when the follicle shrinks slightly.
That is followed by the telogen phase. Hair remains stable in this phase. Finally, hair enters the exogen phase in which it falls out.
This process is continuous. And it is common for somebody to shed between 50 and 100 hairs daily. Doris Day, MD, of Day Dermatology and Aesthetics and author of ‘Beyond Beautiful’ considers that stress is a significant factor initiating millennial hair loss.
“Stress can disturb the growth process by causing hairs to move out of the growth phase prematurely. It causes greater amounts of hair loss,” Day said.
Stress-induced hair loss has been determined in mice exposed to loud noises. In this research, stress led the hairs of the rodents to enter catagen prematurely.
Another research was conducted on monkeys. It found a larger likelihood of hair loss in test animals with greater cortisol levels.
According to a report from the American Psychological Association (APA), research shows a link between age and stress. Millennials say they feel lonely due to stress while maintaining an average of five “close friends” with whom they can relax.
APA researchers also found that members of generation X and millennials stated higher stress levels than older generations. And they seem to have difficulty successfully coping. Day said that millennials’ hair maintenance may also cause hair loss.
“Excessive dying and bleaching can extremely damage hair,” she said. “The tension of hair extensions can also weaken hair follicles. Thus causing more hair to fall out.