What Can I Do About My Receding Hairline?
You head to the bathroom, bleary-eyed and already thinking about what you’re going to do later on today. The list builds itself in your mind; you’ve got a work shift, followed by some studying for college. Oh, but you’ve got to get in a gym session, you’ve been putting it off for too long and that membership is draining money from your account.
You wash your face and look up in the mirror properly. And there it is. You stare in shock, water dripping down your face, and all you can see is your gull wing shaped hairline, swooping back at the temples. For a few precious moments, there is silence, then the waves of worry comes crashing down.
People are going to notice.
Is that a grey hair?
When will the wrinkles start? Is that one there already?
Perhaps we’re exaggerating a little bit; the understanding that you’re losing your hair tends to creep up on you as slowly as your hair creeps away from you. Regardless of the rapidity with which you come to realize that your hair is receding, it’s never a happy sensation. A full head of thick, voluminous, healthy hair is a beacon of vitality, fertility, youth and attractiveness. And now you’re losing it.
Men or women, receding hair is a fact of life for everyone. Most people are going to come face to face with a receding hairline sooner or later. By the age of forty, around half the population will start to experience hair fall, hair loss or a receding hairline. More men than women will face receding hairlines as they age, but women can develop a receding hairline as well.
What Are the Signs of A Receding Hairline?
For men, a receding hairline can begin with the onset of puberty, Hair will start to retreat at the temples leaving a wide v-shape over the forehead. This is the ‘widow’s peak’ you might have read or heard about in other media. Eventually though, the hair will retreat further across the top of the head. In time, the sufferer will leave a bare head with a ring of hair around the sides.
Women will rarely experience a complete recession/balding like men. Instead, the more likely result is that the hair on the top of the head will greatly thin out, leaving the woman with visible scalp through a layer of finer, thinner hair.
What Causes A Receding Hairline?
First and foremost, the most common cause of a receding hairline is ageing, Testosterone breaks down into DHT which affects one of the receptors in the root of the hair follicle. The DHT ‘attacks’ and miniaturizes the root of the hair follicle leading to hair growing in thinner and thinner over time. On top of that, DHT affects the growth phase of the hair, making them prone to falling out faster.
However, ageing isn’t the sole cause.
The second most common cause of a receding hairline, and the most common one for women. As women go through perimenopause, the menopause and post-menopause, hormones fluctuate wildly causing range of effects on the body up to and including a receding hairline, thinning hair and weight gain or loss.
Thyroid problems such as hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism or Hashimoto’s may also present with a receding hairline as one of the visual symptoms. PCOS may be another possible cause, as it was for one of us at Volugenix.
If you’re a woman or in a woman’s body and you experience a receding hairline or thinning hair in a short period of time, we suggest that you consult your local doctor just in case it’s part of a deeper problem.
This is something that will primarily affect people who enjoy styling their hair. Traction alopecia is a type of hair loss caused by frequently wearing the hair in tight styles such as braids, ponytails and buns where the hair is scraped right back. Specifically, traction alopecia is caused by wearing hair in the same, tight style day after day for a long period of time. Occasional use is fine.
There are several other ways one could suffer from traction alopecia, and we’ll touch on them briefly.
Hair extensions/weaves: extensions or weaves that are glued close to the base of the hair may place tension on the hair root, making them more likely to fall out.
Chemical treatment: relaxers, perms, chemical straighteners and even hair dyes can change the structure of the hair shaft. The shaft weakens under the heat and pressure and becomes more fragile leading to an increased risk of breakage. Several studies mention that people with African hair are more likely to suffer problems such as traction alopecia because the structure of their hair matrix is weaker. Therefore putting it under the repeated stresses of chemical treatments can make hair fall and other scalp problems more common.
Accessories: Whether it’s head-wear like helmets or scarves, or things like hair slides or hair bands, these may put a lot of pressure on the hair if they’re tight enough or worn on the same position for too long.
Traction alopecia can affect adults and children, though adults are more likely to suffer from it because their hair follicles are weaker. However, practitioners of sports such as swimming, football or ballet are another group with a higher chance of suffering from traction alopecia.
If caught in the early stages, traction alopecia is easy to heal. Among other things, it is crucial to stop wearing tight hairstyles and avoid wearing anything that can put tension on your hair.
As we’ve covered in other articles on the website, stress, trauma and shock can have a negative effect on your health. One of the things that can happen if you suffer from chronic stress is excess hair fall. If you can remove yourself from the stressful situation, or find a way to deal with it in a positive way, then it’s possible that your hair may grow back in time.
How Can I Treat A Receding Hairline?
Now that we’ve established that anyone of any age and gender can suffer from a receding hairline for a variety of reasons, let’s look at things that may prevent or reduce the progress of a receding hairline. It’s rare to be able to reverse a receding hairline without taking some drastic action.
Biotin, omega-3 oils, iron, zinc and vitamin A are all important nutrients for hair growth. If you want to try to prevent hair loss, you could take a supplement such as one of these in order to strengthen your hair and keep it healthy.
This may sound a little woo-woo, we know, which is why we also suggest that taking DHT blockers as a supplement would be an even better choice. As you may gather from the name, thesse are intended to prevent the DHT from attaching to certain receptors in your hair follicles’ roots. With a reduction of DHT affecting the hair follicle, your hair is likely to stay thicker and healthier than it otherwise would be.
Related to supplements, there’s a lot of anecdotal evidence showing that certain oils are beneficial to the hair, and recently clinical studies have been finding some basis in fact for this as well. Of interest to us are rosemary oil and clary sage oil, both of which have scientific evidence to support the claims for helping hair growth or the scalp. As with all essential oils, they must be diluted in a carrier oil as the essential oil is so concentrated that it may cause skin irritation if applied directly to the skin.
Changing Hair Products
Most shampoos and conditioners contain harsh chemicals like SLS (sodium lauryl sulphate or sodium laureth sulphate) which can potentially irritate the skin. It’s one of the ingredient used in laundry detergents, so it’s easy to see how such an astringent chemical designed to strip oils from things can be damaging to hair that is already thin and weak.
You should also consider your styling products for the same reason. It might be a formulation so heavy that it weighs down the hair and exacerbates your receding hairline by reducing the amount of volume your hair has. Some pomades or styling creams may contain oils that are too heavy for your hair, and it will not be as effective as it used to be.
Wigs, Pieces or Toupees
If you look around, you’ll be able to find a wig that suits your needs. They will be expensive if you buy a good piece, but over the long-term that wig will be worth the investment. That said, it has to be a good wig otherwise it will be very obvious that you are disguising a receding hairline.
This is a very expensive option, but if you have the income for it, it might be a good option. You will undergo a surgical procedure to remove a strip of scalp from the back of your head. It will then be subdivided into hundreds or thousands of micro-grafts which are stitched into your scalp in a process that will last hours. It does have a high rate of success, but the cost is daunting.
We’ve written an entire article about platelet-rich plasma therapy before, but to sum it up, it’s a series of injections of your own blood intended to directly increase the blood supply to your scalp and the affected hair follicles. The proteins and growth factors in the platelets are theorised to strengthen the hair follicles. PRP may be a viable way to regrow hair, but it hasn’t undergone enough viable testing for us to back it.
Minoxidil, or Rogaine, is an industry standard that has been rigorously tested and proven to increase hair growth in men and women. It will take several months of twice daily use to see notable growth, but it is all but certain to happen in most cases. Minoxidil themselves say that if you don’t see any improvement in your hair’s appearance after twelve to sixteen weeks using their extra strength products, then you should stop using minoxidil, so obviously not every case will be successful. The downside is that it is quite expensive and you will have to use the product indefinitely.
Redensyl is the new product ready to challenge minoxidil’s hold on the market. As we’ve covered in other places, Redensyl has proven itself equal to, or better, than minoxidil in almost all ways. Of interest to ourselves is that it has no known side effects, making it perfect for people with sensitive skin. The downside is that it is still quite expensive and will have to be used indefinitely to maintain results.
Receding hairlines can be treated easily and quickly if you catch it early. The lesson learned here is that you need to act fast once you notice your hair is thinning or receding in order to keep your hair as thick and full as possible for as long as possible.
You should also avoid putting too much stress on your hair, be it through being too long, chemically treating it or accessorizing to much. Make sure to give your hair time to breath and relax no matter if you’re a man or woman.
We think that you should use a product that contains Redensyl because it has none of the side effects of minoxidil and it can be up to twice as effective. Our styling hair pomade is designed specifically for thinning and receding hair, so it is specially formulated with Redensyl, saw palmetto oil and several other ingredients that are proven to improve hair health and hair regrowth. It is lighter than traditional pomades and has a medium hold that can be styled repeatedly throughout the day.
If you pair it with our DHT blocker supplement, you can halt or reverse the hair loss process before its effects become too noticeable. We offer a thirty day money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied with the results of using our products.