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Kind of embarrassing. Seems I care more about my appearance than I thought I did.
I searched on the Internet but it seems a lot of sites copy and paste information from each other, and I couldn't find much reliable and detailed information.
I'm 21. While going down the elevator every day, I notice that there's a seam on the back/top of my scalp and upon further inspection, my hair is thinning there. My hairline is also affected, but only slightly.
As you can imagine, this made me go "ohshi-." The reason I'm posting here is that I've always been told that baldness was determined by the mother's side of the family, and my grandfather on her side had a full head of hair, so I wouldn't have to worry about this. But here I am. My dad is bald and I may end up being so too. Is this normal?
What I wanted to ask was: is there any way to predict if this is just partial thinning or if it will go all the way? Also, my beard pretty much sucks and is still not fully developed; is it possible for me to start balding while this is the case?
One thing I read was that the same hormone responsible for body hair development was the one that caused baldness on the scalp. So, how can this be reconciled with my underdeveloped facial hair?
Also of note: I'm told I've had a 'seam' there my whole life, though it was smaller.
Oh and, I really would not like to have to shave it all. People compliment me on my hair a lot. Any experience with treatments?