For many young men, losing their hair is not only a terrifying sign of ageing, but is also a massive blow to their self-esteem.
Hair loss among young men has many psychological effects, including higher levels of anxiety and depression, decreased confidence and even social withdrawal.
More than 60 per cent of hair-loss patients in Australia are under 35, and of those, 87 per cent seek treatment, according to data from online men’s health platform Mosh.
Father-of-two Daniel told Daily Mail Australia he lost his confidence after shaving off what remained of this thinning hair and would hide his baldness by wearing a hat everywhere he went.
‘It was a self-esteem thing. I was not owning the baldness, like some people do, and I would constantly try and hide it behind caps and hats,’ Daniel said.
‘Walking around in a cap and a suit does not look the best, but I would have it on in the middle of a rainy day in winter.
‘I’m even a big fan of going to the races and would wear a hat even if it looked daft, just to hide my hair loss.’
Father-of-two Daniel (pictured before his hair-loss treatment) lost his confidence after shaving off what remained of this thinning hair, and would hide his baldness by wearing a hat
The 38-year-old described himself as a ‘typical northern English man’ who needs to have his leg chopped off before going to see a doctor – and it was his partner who referred him to hair-loss treatment.
Daniel initially thought treatment would be an arduous process of time-consuming and expensive doctor’s appointments.
However, his partner sent him a link to a 10-minute online survey he did through Mosh from the comfort of his bedroom.
The father-of-two sent through pictures of his hair loss and was given oral and topical treatment, which he started in January last year.
Daniel, who works in recruitment, saw results after four months, and by July he had stopped shaving his head and found a new sense of confidence.
‘I’m no longer hiding behind caps. It has taken me back to when I was in my twenties and I had a full head of hair,’ Daniel said.
‘I feel completely different. It has certainly given me my self-esteem back, both in my personal life and at work.
‘I post quite a lot of videos online for my job and have had people notice the change in my confidence and in my hair. I’ve even had a few people reach out asking about my treatment because they see the results.
Daniel saw results after just four months of treatment and now has newfound self-confidence. His partner loves his regrown hair, but is not a big fan of the topknot he is now sporting (right)
Daniel, who lives in Western Australia, said his partner loves his regrown hair, but is not a big fan of the topknot he is now sporting.
‘She’s very happy with it but she’s not a big fan of the topknot I’m wearing at the moment!’ Daniel laughed.
‘I just don’t want to cut it. Why would I cut it for? I didn’t have any hair for five years, I might as well keep growing it and see what happens.’
Warren August told Daily Mail Australia he started looking into hair-loss treatment after his friends signed him up to an online clinic as a joke.
The 35-year-old said he noticed a change in his thick and full head of hair about four years ago when it started to thin and his bald patch grew ‘bigger and bigger’.
‘I never thought I’d ever go bald, to be honest. I had so much hair,’ Mr August said.
‘It just started to bald out at the top and my mates would joke around while we were at the pub.’
However, the lads’ online clinic prank prompted Mr August to look into cheaper alternatives, and he soon booked an online appointment with a dermatologist through Mosh.
‘I thought I’d have a crack and see how it went. You know, like the last throw the dice – and it worked,’ Mr August said.
Warren August, 35, said his mates initially signed him up to an expensive hair loss treatment as a joke. The 38-year-old was prompted to explore a cheaper alternative and found a treatment that helped grow his hair back (Pictured, left to right, Warren before and after treatment )
Mr August saw results after four months of using an oral and topical treatment. His hair has grown back and he now recommends others to seek treatment.
Dermatologist and Mosh consultant Niyati Sharma told Daily Mail Australia that young men are facing pressure to look a certain way in order to be socially accepted – especially in the dating world.
‘More and more young men are seeking treatment for hair loss and I think part of that is the social pressures that young men have placed on them,’ Dr Sharma said.
‘There’s not a lot of positive messages around being bald or having a receding hairline.
‘And there’s this whole increased demand that women don’t date men that are balding, so I think men feel a lot of anxiety around that.
‘In fact, I had a young 21-year-old seeking hair-loss treatment even though he has very minimal changes to his hair because it’s a source of anxiety for him. And that really stems down to dating and looking a certain way.’
Dr Sharma said the stigma surrounding baldness needs to change, but also urged men who are concerned with their hair loss to seek treatment early.
‘From a medical point of view, if you’ve got milder hair loss you are more likely to reduce that trajectory of hair loss over time compared to if you’ve already had well-advanced hair loss,’ Dr Sharma said.
‘It is always possible to thicken and increase the density of existing hair, but once an area has lost all of its hair, it becomes difficult to grow back.’
Dermatologist Niyati Sharma (pictured) said the stigma around baldness needs to change, but also urged men who are concerned with hair loss to seek treatment early for a better outcome
Dr Sharma explained millennial and Gen-Z men are taking advantage of in-home treatments, which are more effective and more widely available than for generations before them.
‘What we find is that it takes a lot of courage for young men to talk to a doctor,’ Dr Sharma said.
‘From what I’ve seen, the Mosh platform gives men the opportunity for an online appointment, which can be far more effective.
‘Patients are more likely to stick to appointments and speak openly about their situation, and it’s a simpler way to get a diagnosis and treatment.
Dr Sharma explained hair loss in men is often triggered by a variety of factors, including age, grief, trauma, medication changes, sickness and vitamin deficiencies.
Mosh was co-founded in 2018 by Gabriel Baker and David Narunsky with an aim to provide affordable and accessible treatment while removing the stigma around ’embarrassing’ men’s health issues, such as hair loss and sexual performance.
The Aussie-based online health clinic works by connecting men to Australian doctors, dietitians and psychologists to organise home-delivered treatments.
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