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How To Stop and Even Reverse A Receding Hairline

By Andrea Douglas

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What is a receding hairline?

The normal persons’ scalp has approximately 100,000 hairs that grow from follicles. We lose on average 20 hairs per day that are then regrown. As we age both men and women tend to lose the ability to grow new hair. Men often notice a receding hairline around age 30, starting around the temples and proceeding towards the back of the health. In women it is less noticeable as it’s more generally located near the top of the head and is more spread out.

What causes a receding hairline?

Research has shown that a receding hairline is often caused by heredity. For men this heredity makes their hair follicles overly sensitive to male hormones, specifically DHT. Hormone changes in women can also cause hair loss. Menopause ( is often triggered hair thinning in women although this usually does not result in a receding hairline.

Androgenetic alopecia, also known as male pattern baldness can actually occur in women as well. In this condition, hair loss begins above both temples and recedes to form an “M” shape while also thinning near the crown of the head. Androgenetic alopecia is often linked heredity but has also been associated with medical conditions such as heart disease, prostate enlargement, diabetes, and obesity.

Damage to hair follicles can be also be caused by medications such as chemotherapy. Stress or other illness can lead to a condition known as telogen effluvium which is sudden hair shedding, this is often only a temporary condition. There is often a link between lifestyle choices such as smoking and diet. Several studies have shown that not getting enough protein may cause hair thinning.

Another condition, Alopecia Areata often shows up as defined bald spots in both men and women. In this condition the body attacks it’s own hair follicles and in some cases can cause the complete loss of hair both on the scalp as well as other areas of the body. There is a strong genetic link and while it’s rumored to be a function of stress there is little evidence to support this. There is no cure for alopecia areta, however treatment with cortisol, steroids or other anti-inflammatory drugs. These will require a prescription from your doctor and can have other side effects.

your doctor and can have other side effects.

How to tell if your hairline is receding?

The best way to know if your hairline is receding is to visit a dermatologist. They can diagnose the root cause of your hair loss and recommend treatment options. There are a number of prescription and FDA approved topical ingredients such as Minoxidil, Finasteride, and Ketoconazole that work in different way to both slow hair loss while stimulating regrowth. If you’re not ready or unable to visit your doctor you can follow the excellent advice on Livestrong

How can you grow your hairline back?

There are a lot of ways you can work to repair damaged hair. What’s important is that you first reverse any damage caused by diet, medication, stress or lifestyle choices. A high-quality biotin shampoo such as Lipogaine 3 or Puritan’s Pride contains essential nutrients to improve hair health and reduce breakage. We always recommend that any shampoo or conditioner you use be paraben free as well as free of other harsh ingredients. Hydrolyzed keratin, as well as collagen both in topical as well as supplement form, can promote healthy hair skin and nails.

Our favorite shampoos contain essential nutrients as well as natural ingredients such as tea tree oil, aloe vera, rosemary oil. Along with a high-quality conditioner can dramatically improve the texture of your hair while making it softer with greater body. By using a high-quality hair growth shampoo you can often repair hair follicles and other scalp related issues.

A more extreme option is to undergo a hair transplant. There are a number of procedures in this category and results are often mixed. However for many people hair transplants are the only viable way to reverse severe hair loss.

What haircuts look best for receding hairlines?

For men with receding hairlines, there is a number of haircuts that can look great. If you notice receding hair then try one of these great hairstyles.

1. The Full Clean Shave

If your losing your hair and don’t want to go through the hassle of fighting it, the best option might be to just shave it all off. If you have a receding front hairline this may be your best option. While this look doesn’t fit everyone most men find that it can be significantly more attractive than they think. The clean shave often looks the best with a well-groomed full beard.

2. High and Tight (Buzz Cut)

A little less extreme option is the buzz cut. It’s easy to take care of and can make your facial features look more defined.

3. The Faux Hawk

The Faux Hawk is a where you leave the top of the hair long while shaving the sides down tightly. This style comes and goes in popularity but if done correctly looks great on most men.

4. The Comb Over

Now we are not talking Trumpian levels of the comb over here. a properly done come over can give an artificial sense of a full head of hair by drawing attention to one side of your head. Anderson Cooper, Leonardo DiCaprio, and other stars have used these hairstyles for years. For me personally, I have found that this is the best of all the receding hairline haircuts.

5. Going Long

If you still have thick hair that’s just receding a bit you can try a longer hair hairstyle. This has the advantage of hiding your temples where most male pattern baldness starts while giving you a real sense of style. It really helps to have a strong widow’s peak to pull this off.

Is a receding hairline normal?

Absolutely, it’s estimated that 70% of men are affected by androgenic alopecia and nearly 40% of women experience a hairline recession during their lifetime. As you age hair follicles become damaged or stop functioning properly. For men with male-pattern baldness or an already receded hairline, you have a number of prescription and natural options. For women diet and other health, improvements can often be an effective treatment for loss of hair. If your experiencing bald spots you may have a serious medical condition and should consult with your doctor.

Can finasteride stop a receding hairline and regrow hair?

Finasteride, also known as Propecia is one of the few medically proven medications to prevent and even reverse hair loss. Finasteride reduces levels of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This hormone caused reduced follicles size and is the leading cause of male pattern baldness. DHT can even permanently damage hair follicles which results in long-term hair and even permanent baldness. As it is a prescription drug you must visit your dermatologist or other medical professionals for a full diagnostic. Propecia is considered the most effective of the receding hairline treatment options but you may want to also look at Minoxidil also known as Rogaine.

Does pulling your hair back make your hairline recede?

One condition known as traction alopecia is caused by sustained stress on your hair follicles. Ponytails and pigtails can place a great deal of strain on hair and can lead to a receding hairline in women. If you notice thinning hair near the edges of your hairline then you may what to consider other hairstyles.