Guys these days on average bald at a much younger age than they previously used to, many (including myself) starting to go bald at 19 or even earlier. That said, it's often hard for guys to come to terms with the fact that they're losing their hair, especially when they're young and do not happen to have other bald members in their family. No one in my family is bald barring me and it started at the tender of age, so here are some facts I tried my level best to ignore until it was too similar to run away from:
Hair on the pillow
While it's normal for guys to have a few strands of hair on their pillows in the morning (or bed sheet if you're like me and sleep without a pillow) anything upwards of 10 strands is an early warning sign. It's certainly possible that you're not bald if you take a good look at your pillow for the first time and notice a lot of strands but that's just because the strands have collected over days. If you clean your pillow of strands every day and still notice more than 10 strands when you wake up in the mornings, that's sign number 1.
Hair in the shower and on your towels
Relating to number 1, the hair fall in the shower is generally 10 times more than on your pillow if you're balding. If you decide to shampoo your hair and find your hand almost covered with hair, do not give yourself some excuse like “oh that's just because I have not shampooed in a week” that'll keep you in denial. If there's hair on your hand and visible hair on the shower floor without you having to make an effort to find it, you're probably well on your way to becoming a handsome bald guy. Speaking of excuses, here's a great post on 10 reasons guys 'hope' are causing their balding.
Hair awkwardly standing up in the wind
The fact is, you do not become noticeably bald toill you've lost more than 50% of your hair density. This means that you can be in denial for over 2-3 years (on average). Even while you're in denial and no one notices or points out that you're losing your hair though, the wind is going to make it much harder for you to hide the fact. Often when a light wind blows past, it's not all of your hair that's going to stand up but mainly the parts that are less dense. Because the strands are so thinly laid over and have not formed a dense mass like when you have a full head of hair, the slightest win will make these strands stand up and that's not a look you want to have.
Case in point, Donald Trump displays a perfect example of what this would look like. It's something I started noticing when I looked at my reflection when I was outside and saw a few strands awkwardly blowing around on no one's head but mine.
The Grand Strand Total is More than 100-150
At the end of the day, 100-150 strands should be parachuting off a head of healthy hair. If you happen to see hair in the drain, on your pillow, on your girlfriend's face too often, the grand strand total for the day is likely to be well above 150. As obvious as it might be, sometimes it's just hard to accept but rationally think about it and it should be clear that it's time to purchase your brand new razor.
The Blatantly Obvious Signs
To be completely open and honest, I was not able to accept the fact that I was going bald even though I had been through most of the common balding stages . Even when my hairline started receding, I looked at friends and celebrities with slightly higher hairlines than I use to have and convinced myself that I was just 'becoming mature early'. I can say from experience that when bald patches become visible and the hairline starts receding, it's time to buzz or shave our head and accept it like a champion.
It is not easy to accept that you're going bald, especially if you're young and your first instinct is probably to go for medication. The fact is (and you can find out the hard way if you'd like), there's NO COMPLETE CURE for MPB invented yet and whatever exists on the market can have detrimental side-effects and make matters a lot worse. As hard as it is, it's better to gradually accept it and use support forums like SlyBaldGuys (A great support community of proud bald guys, owning at life) to help you make the transition.
Either way, you can only deny it for so long until you need to deal with it like a man and shave it off!
So if you're sure you're balding, do not hide it. At least dare to try and shave it!