Graying and thinning hair at 21, what should I do?

I'm a 21 year old junior, I've never worked in high finance before but I have quite a few gray hairs with thinning hairs on the sides of my face, similar to a receding hairline. So at this point should I start picking the gray hairs out?

My hair is also quite long so I'm not sure what kind of haircut I should get, or what I should do to my hair. Should I be using some kind of product to slow down my hairloss? And what kind of haircut should I get? I feel like anything short will give away my balding patterns.

Also just in general, people say I look older than 21 (I get mistaken for an MBA student at info sessions all the time), is this more likely to help or hurt me when applying for entry level jobs?

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Jun 3, 2012 - 12:44am
BTbanker, what's your opinion? Comment below:
RGE:
Connor:
Like this?

How do you post images big like you did?

That's just how big it was. I didn't change the size or anything.
Jun 2, 2012 - 11:44pm
peepstache, what's your opinion? Comment below:

stop worrying

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Jun 3, 2012 - 12:32am
MagicKarp, what's your opinion? Comment below:

When you get graying hair at 21 you come across as an MBA student during undergrad info sessions.When you come across as an MBA student during undergrad info sessions, you get dirty looks. When you get dirty looks, you miss out on IBD recruiting. When you miss out on IBD recruiting, you kill yourself. Don't kill yourself, shave your head bald.

Jun 8, 2012 - 10:36am
manbearpig, what's your opinion? Comment below:
RGE:
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This is a test and to the OP you have nothing to worry about. When people mistake you for homeless then you have a problem.

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Jun 3, 2012 - 2:30am
The.RealDeal, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Please do not get a hair transplant at the age of 21. It's a viable option for men who STOPPED losing hair and are in their late 30's or 40's because from a medical standpoint there is practically no risk of further loss.

As a 21-year old if you do this, and trust me your hair transplant surgeon/specialist will strongly advise against a transplant right away without trying other options, you will most likely continue losing some hair. Whether or not it stops in your late 20's or early 30's doesn't matter and is always different with people. What will happen though is you'll get a graft and it'll look great for two or three years, but because your hairline will most likely continue to recede you might end up with small bold patches, areas between the graft you got at 21 and the hairline you'll have in 4-6 years.

There is something out there, forgot whether its pills or a cream, that is widely used to regulate this, but from my limited knowledge its not for receding hairlines, but rather bolding spots. Almost non-existent side-effects, it's THE most effective way of stopping further loss and stimulating hair growth and it's recommended by pretty much the entire industry and world-renowened hair transplant surgeons. No, it's not some crazy Chinese bat guano or anything of that kind. Regular pills or cream, forgot the name, but there is a WSO-like website with a forum out there that provides real information and connects people with recommended surgeons as well as a wealth of other reliable and quality knowledge.

www.hairrestorationnetwork.com

Of course, getting an army cut is the most cost-effective way of conquering this, but to each his own.

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Jun 3, 2012 - 11:01am
David Aames, what's your opinion? Comment below:
NewGuy:
Whatever you do, don't go on propecia

Why?

What is the answer to 99 out of 100 questions?
Jun 4, 2012 - 1:49pm
tprb52, what's your opinion? Comment below:
David Aames:
NewGuy:
Whatever you do, don't go on propecia

Why?

I started losing it junior year, as well. Was on Propecia for a good 9 months ('05/'06) and I still don't feel the same. Just a very strange fog over my brain. Its definitely diminished over time, but its still lingering 6 years later. This is just my experience, though;the drug effects everyone differently.

Definitely buzz your head while you still have some good density up there. Wish I would've done this about 3 years earlier.

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Jun 3, 2012 - 1:18pm
NewGuy, what's your opinion? Comment below:
David Aames:
NewGuy:
Whatever you do, don't go on propecia

Why?

dacasale:
NewGuy:
Whatever you do, don't go on propecia

I'm on propecia and seems to be ok for me. No side effects... so far. Been taking it for 4-5 months.

Sure, no side effects yet. Read this thread ... http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=145148191
Jun 3, 2012 - 3:15am
Neighbor, what's your opinion? Comment below:

get off da roids son

I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.
Jun 3, 2012 - 10:45am
fund, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Who fucking cares about physical looks? How come can you rely so much on the way others see you? Are you mad or something?

Jun 3, 2012 - 11:30am
SANCHEZ, what's your opinion? Comment below:

A lot of girls (in their 20s) dig men with bald or thinning hair... srsly. If you walk around like something is wrong though, it will negatively affect you.

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Jun 3, 2012 - 7:07pm
Aimez, what's your opinion? Comment below:
anaxi:
A lot of girls (in their 20s) dig men with bald or thinning hair... srsly. If you walk around like something is wrong though, it will negatively affect you.

Really? Since when? I don't know any young women who could honestly say they prefer balding men. That said, women aren't as caught up on looks as men, so regardless of looks you can still pick up.

anaxi:
If you walk around like something is wrong though, it will negatively affect you.

This is true. Confidence is crucial.

Jun 3, 2012 - 7:32pm
aempirei, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Mr. Clean

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Jun 3, 2012 - 8:44pm
BiotechBanker, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Vitamin A, possibly E, Ginkgo Biloba and massaging your head frequently with shampoo in the shower, will slow down the receding hair line.

L-Arginine, accompanied by the massaging, will accelerate the production of blood flow to the skull and reinforce the nutrients which your hair needs.

I am not sure what you should to about the grey in your hair (maybe use Just For Men)?

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever."
Jun 8, 2012 - 7:58am
NewGuy, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Another one ...

http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=145497391

Jan 17, 2014 - 6:00pm
happygolucky84, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Can I just say...I have grey hairs all over my head (started getting them at 20 and starting plucking them out!). I've learnt to not pluck them out but cut them very very short, so that they are hardly visible. I heard an old wives tale that plucking them only makesmore come about (which I still believe so I stopped).

Second, to stop thinning, dunno if this works but I do this everyday and since 20years old. Each morning apply extra Virgin olive oil to your head, massage for 3 mins so that the oil completely coats all your hair. I would advise you to take your shirt off before doing this as the oil might get on your face/ shirt. Then after applying have breakfast, then shower after. Oil should be in your hair for around 15 -25 mins, then wash twice with shampoo, no conditioner required but you can :)....

I have super glossy hair and thankfully no signs of baldness yet...and everyone always comments on how thick and healthy it looks....give it a try, after 1 day you'll see a difference, hopefully after 1 month you might see more thicker hair :) hope the best for you.

Jan 17, 2014 - 6:01pm
patekphilippe, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Thinning hair (Originally Posted: 03/30/2009)

I have a cough friend who is thinning. Okay, whatever, it's me. Anyone else facing this? It sucks, royally. I'm 25 right now and I have been losing hair since I was about 20. My dad rocks the Lloyd Blankfein/Gary Cohn hair style... and I'll probably be there by the time I'm about 32. I'm considering just shaving it all off and going with the clean bald look within the next year or so. Anyone else have any advice?

On the plus side, it seems like a balding head is nearly a pre-requisite to make the C-level at Goldman. However, that seems like it's more accepted when you're in your 40s. How will this be perceived in my late 20s / 30s?

Jul 17, 2017 - 1:40am
Spankysmith, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hey everyone, I just turned 21 a few weeks ago and noticed something weird in the mirror. Looking at the top of my head it looks like my hair is kind of thinning a bit you can see my scalp more visibly in one area :(. I dunno what's causing it. Could it be the fact that I shampoo every day drying out my head of its natural oils ? Or is it simply hereditary genetics ? Anyone got any ideas about this or how I can fix it ?

Really tensed after seeing the hair texture!!!

Jul 17, 2017 - 1:41am
AnalAnalyst, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Thin Hair - Limited to Style (Originally Posted: 04/17/2013)

I have a horrible hairline and the only way I can really look okay is if I cut my hair really short. I don't really like this style that much because I feel like it doesn't look right on a business workforce.

Anyone else have thin hair and what style do you go with?

Jul 17, 2017 - 1:44am
CRE, what's your opinion? Comment below:

What's this hairline look like? Look up balding celebs and see how they rock it

Commercial Real Estate Developer

Jul 17, 2017 - 1:46am
Teddy Roosevelt, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Buzz it down to a 1 or 2, own it, and move on. The guys that are on the receiving end of jokes are the guys who try to hide it.

Please don't quote Patrick Bateman.

Jul 17, 2017 - 1:53am
Tyger, what's your opinion? Comment below:

At some point you're going to have to embrace the fact that you're going bald -- I'm assuming your hairline is changing, otherwise you probably wouldn't be asking this.

Just gradually cut it shorter until you're shaving your head.

Jul 17, 2017 - 1:56am
Tyger, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Well, again, what people usually make fun of is comb-overs and the like. Once people get used to seeing you shaved completely bald for a while, they'll get used to it.

Just be proud and self-confident. Think of Yul Brynner, Telly Savalis, Bruce Willis, Vin Diesel, etc.

Jul 17, 2017 - 2:02am
Blank999, what's your opinion? Comment below:

You need to figure out how it is receding. Pull a Kudlow or simply buzz it.

Jul 17, 2017 - 2:03am
AnalAnalyst, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I guess the best thing would be to go to a barber who actually knows what he's doing. Will probably have to spend a lot more than I usually do.

Jul 17, 2017 - 2:04am
Cruncharoo, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Get a piece like Costanza did.

This to all my hatin' folks seeing me getting guac right now..
Jul 17, 2017 - 2:06am
yeahright, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Go Breaking Bad Walter White on it.

Frank Sinatra - "Alcohol may be man's worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy."
Jul 17, 2017 - 2:09am
Homunculus, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Jump on in man, the water is fine. Started buzzing mine at 19 cause I didn't like my hairline, never looked back. Wahl 8110 Balding clippers are a real good pair of clippers to transition with. The length would be similar to about 2-3 days after a straight razor shave

Jul 17, 2017 - 2:11am
seventhcereal, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Getting grinded in the biz: Gray hairs, potential hair loss? (Originally Posted: 02/16/2013)

In early thirties, I see gray hairs starting to come up left and right and am constantly worried about hair loss, looking OK for now. I work too hard right now, anyone else in same situation? Lifestyle suggestions?

Jul 17, 2017 - 2:12am
SirTradesaLot, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Not much you can do about getting older.

Jul 17, 2017 - 2:13am
Ravenous, what's your opinion? Comment below:

This industry is worse than most, however, genetics also play a role. I have a few grays starting to show up but most of the men in my family are salt and pepper by mid to late 30s and that's just the way it is. I have friends outside of finance that are the same age as me that look at least 10 years older -- several of them have grey sideburns, etc. Ironically, none of them do anything particularly productive or stressful in life, that's just the way they're made.

Lifestyle stuff has all been said before, exercise, drink lots of water, eat right, don't smoke. Everyone knows that, few people do it. It's up to you.

Most stress is brought on by the individual more so than the environment or the workload. It's all about perspective. Maybe there is something wrong with your thinking process? If it truly is the environment and you work for assholes and you're beyond the first couple of brutal years of breaking into the industry, maybe you should think about moving on. It's not worth it to work for some shithead when there are plenty of other firms that pay similarly and are managed by better people.

The plus side in finance is that there's a really good chance you'll be able to retire by 40 if not before, and you can't say that about many professions. It depends on how much money you want to make of course, but $10 million provides a great lifestyle and it's definitely achievable for many people by 40 even if you're not a superstar.

Jul 17, 2017 - 2:14am
CountryUnderdog, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'm 25 and I'm already starting to see the grey hairs pop up and the dark circles under my eyes. My dad is 50 and has very few grey, and neither do most of the other men in my family.

I attribute it to stress. Whether its purely environment or self-inflicted is arguable.

"They are all former investment bankers that were laid off in the economic collapse that Nancy Pelosi caused. They have no marketable skills, but by God they work hard."
Jul 17, 2017 - 2:15am
cortneyhoman, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Gray hair and hair loss can be caused due to stress and the best way to overcome it is to reduce stress. You can also use the natural haircare products for your hair or you can even use hair extensions to hide the gray hair and hair loss.

Jul 17, 2017 - 2:17am
Sam-Son, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hair loss problem is facing by men commonly in this day. This problem is easily skip by using the medicine and also natural remedies. But now a days many men are following the medicine treatments for good results.

Healthy natural food diet also supports to increase the hair growth. But it takes more time to gives good results.

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Jul 17, 2017 - 2:18am
Pepper, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Recruiting Season Hair Loss? (Originally Posted: 01/09/2014)

Throughout the past couple months, essentially ever since recruiting season started, I've realized that my hairline has crept back a bit. I've seen the same issue with a lot of my other classmates who have been trying to get an internship in IB.

Is this normal? Will it grow back? Did anyone else experience hair loss during recruiting season?

Jul 17, 2017 - 2:20am
baystcheese, what's your opinion? Comment below:

cold showers and green tea

Don't listen to anyone, everybody is scared.
Jul 17, 2017 - 2:21am
Cruncharoo, what's your opinion? Comment below:

You need to get some stank on your hang-low

This to all my hatin' folks seeing me getting guac right now..
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