I'm 18 and I think I'm losing hair but my parents keep telling me it's normal. Will my hair grow back? (Photos)

I feel like my im thining so i started using coconut oil, it is better now but i can see mu skin and i'm not sure if that's normal. I also see like 3 to 4 strands of hair every time i run my fingers through them.

Doctor Answers 9

Your Hair Line Looks Good

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Your hair line looks good and is becoming like a mature adult male. You are likely losing hair and it may be genetic. See your family doctor or dermatologist for a correct diagnosis and possible treatment that does not involve hair transplant surgery. PRP is waste of time in the hair line. See photo link below to help educate yourself for the future.


Seattle Hair Restoration Surgeon
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18 and I think I'm losing hair

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your parents are right , you have NO problem at all 

That is not a hair loss because of ongoing process of androgenetic alopecia but  a simple juvenile type maturing of frontal hair line.  That is seen almost every young boys almost between 16-21 .

Ilhan Serdaroglu, MD
Turkey Plastic Surgeon

Your hairless may be normal - but you should see an expert to be sure

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At 18, it is difficult sometimes to make a proper diagnosis of male pattern hair loss.  However, with a full history (including family history) and exam and also some regular follow up, the diagnosis will become apparent and a proper treatment plan can be established.  Losing only a few hairs every now and then would be considered normal, but if your crown is thinning and your hairline receding, you may have androgenic hair loss and should begin treatment right away for the best outcome.  

Ryan Welter, MD
Boston Hair Restoration Surgeon

What is normal hair loss?

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It is within the realm of normal to lose 50 to 100 hairs a day.  However, if you see more scalp and feel you are having hair loss you are probably right.  You know yourself better than anyone.  I recommend you see a hair specialist for hair loss evaluation.  One suggestion is to ask the male member of your family for a photo to see how they looked at the age of 18 in terms of their hair.  Another point is that there are other causes of hair loss other than androgenic alopecia hair loss (male pattern baldness).  Again, see a hair specialist as you may need a microscopic hair evaluation (miniaturization study). Lastly, if it is true male pattern baldness, you need to start finasteride soon as it will help to keep the hair you do have or perhaps reverse it to some extent.

Parsa Mohebi, MD
Beverly Hills Hair Restoration Surgeon
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If you believe you are losing hair and nobody believes you, you can see a doctor.

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If you believe you are losing hair and nobody believes you, you can see a doctor.  Losing 3 hairs is normal.

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Hair loss -- PRP, Progesterone, Viviscal, Rogaine, Finesteride, Spironolactone

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Since you're concerned, I suggest seeing a hair loss expert to evaluate and go over your condition and provide you information about your best treatment options. There are great non-invasive options like PRP/progesterone and/or hair transplantation. See an expert. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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18 and losing hair?

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Your biggest enemy is the progressive thinning leading to a balding pattern that is not evident at this point in time. The degree of thinning that you are experiencing would suggest that you should see a doctor who most likely will get Bulk Measurements of your hair to determine the degree of the thinning that you are presently having. If the diagnosis is early genetic hair loss (the most common cause of hair loss in young men), then the best treatment would be the drug finasteride which is highly effective in men of your age and may not only stop the hair loss but possibly reverse it. If you are developing a more advanced balding pattern the best test to get will determine the Bulk Measurements of your hair and this will show, over a one-year time frame, how effective the treatment will be. Once you know this information, then you and your doctor need to develop a MASTER PLAN which will define what you need to do over the years to come.
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William Rassman, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Probable causes for your hair loss

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Hello.There are many things that can contribute to your hair loss. It can be genetic, stress related, medical condition. My advise is to visit a  doctor who specializes in hair loss in order to find out the actual cause of your hair thinning. Once the cause for your hair loss is determined we can decide what is the best treatment to follow to prevent the hair loss to advance and restore it.Treatments like PRP and laser therapy as well as medication are the most common solutions, but it all depends on the reason for your hair thinning.

William Yates, MD
Chicago Hair Restoration Surgeon
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What to do when you think you're thinning?

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When a patient thinks they are thinning, more times than not, the patient is right. But keep in mind there are many causes of thinning. If you are concerned, be sure to see a physician who can guide you.

Jeff Donovan, MD, PhD
Vancouver Dermatologist

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.