A receding hairline is very common among men as they begin to get older. You might start to notice the signs of it at age 25 and above. While it’s normal, it can be a very upsetting experience. However, there are things you can do to slow hair loss and improve the way it looks.
A receding hairline is the gradual loss of hair experienced by men as they get older. It begins around the temples and the edge of the hairline surrounding the forehead, where you’ll notice it gradually waning towards the centre of the scalp in a ‘v’ shape. In time, this eventually results in balding in the middle of the scalp, with a ring of hair surrounding it which may be thinner than it was.
This is very common for men in their late thirties and above but it can happen at any age from early- mid twenties.
Men with a family history of male pattern baldness are much more likely to experience a receding hairline and subsequent hair loss. There are other potential factors that can contribute to causing a receding hairline:
While women can also experience hair loss, it’s less likely to happen in the pattern of a receding hairline which begins at the temples. Instead, female hair loss tends to happen in scattered patches all over the scalp. This is much less common and may also be temporary in many cases.
There are a number of possible causes for hair loss in women:
It’s not possible to prevent your hairline from receding, but once you notice it starting to happen there are steps you can take to slow down thinning hair and stop further hair loss from happening. This involves using treatments which are designed to treat hair loss which come in tablet form and also as topical treatments to stimulate the hair follicles.
There are a few different treatments available to purchase from pharmacies to slow down hair loss and prevent the hairline from receding further.
Hair transplants are a more permanent solution to treating hair loss. This is done at a private clinic and involves new, healthy hair follicles being inserted into areas where hair loss has occurred. This then stimulates new hair growth over a period of 6-12 months.
However normal it is to experience, noticing the onset of a receding hairline can feel distressing. The available treatments take time to work and can be costly, so looking at your hairstyle and how you can change it might help you to deal with it in the meantime.
Some men with long hair might be inclined to cling on to it, but this can actually make a receding hairline more obvious. Others may embrace what’s happening and shave off their hair entirely. Finding a style and cut that you’re happy with can help to deal with this change.