How to Stop and Regrow Receding Hairline Naturally?

Receding hairline (RH) is more common in men than women. It is commonly caused by inherited genes (it runs in families, though not always). Can it be prevented and treated? The treatment you need to follow to stop and regrow your hairline is closely dependent on the cause of the problem. For example, if it is linked to controllable factors, it may be reversible and medical intervention is not necessary.

What actually is receding hairline?

In men, it is often associated with the early sign of androgenic alopecia or pattern baldness (the most common kind of male hair loss, it affects about 30 to 40 % of men), according to Cleveland-Clinic. It is more common in older men. Nevertheless it also can occur in the age of 20s (in a few cases).

In men with pattern baldness, receding hairline is the common early symptom. The hairline will gradually recede,which may also be followed by thinning hair at the crown of your head. Over time, this can lead to a bold spot at the crown and receding hairline on both front hairlines.

Again, the inherited genes often play a key role! Hairline that recedes is rarely associated with lifestyle factors.

Pattern baldness in men vs. women

Receding hairline is much more common in men. It is rarely found in women, including for those with pattern baldness. Instead, women with pattern baldness are likely to have thinning hair over their entire scalp, not specifically on their hairline.

And while men can notice the symptom as early as their teens, the symptoms of female pattern baldness is more likely to occur (noticeable) at the age of 40 or older.

In many cases, heredity (inherited genes) and hormonal changes are often to blame. That’s why home remedies alone are usually not enough to treat the problem – medical intervention is often needed to stop and regrow the hairline.

In the case when both mother and father don’t have pattern baldness, the answer of which one of mother’s side or father’s side that has more contribution to cause the problem is more difficult to understand. But it’s clear that having a history of pattern baldness on either side of your family can increase your risk, according to Mayo Clinic.

Inherited genes are not the only one to blame. The problem can be attributed by a number of factors such as certain medical conditions & medications (like cancer and its treatments), bad hair treatments, wrong cosmetic procedures, and lack of certain essential nutrients (poor nutrition) – but still, a family history of pattern baldness often plays a key role.

Receding hairline treatments in general

To treat and regrow hairline, there are several conventional treatment options to choose from. Here are some facts you need to know!

See a dermatologist about prescribing finasteride (one of common FDA-approved medicines to treat pattern baldness)! This kind of medicine can help regrow hairline and improve hair growth by reducing the production of substance called dihydrotestosterone ( DHT), a kind of hormone that can affect and shrink the hair follicle.

Hair follicles of men with pattern baldness are more sensitive to DHT. Excess DHT in the scalp can easily ruin and shrink them, leading to hair loss.

Your dermatologist may also need to inject a substance called corticosteroid in the scalp if your RH is triggered by inflammation. It is intended to cure the swelling so hair regrowth can be expected.

Minoxidil is another treatment option for pattern baldness, especially in women. It has been approved by FDA, and practical enough to use. Just apply it once /twice a day on the area of your scalp where hair growth is expected. The result can vary from person to person – but many times, it only takes about 12 weeks to see the result.

However, there are also some side effects you need to concern. Always make sure you follow the guidelines on how to use it properly! Sometime the use of minoxidil can be potential to cause scalp irritation. It may also lead to the hair growth on wrong place such as on the side of forehead /face. If you experience these side effects, discontinue it!

BUT … It doesn’t work for receding hairline of pattern baldness. Because it doesn’t target the main underlying cause of the problem, DHT!

While other treatments fail to work, your dermatologist may suggest surgical treatments such as hair transplantation. In this kind of surgery, a stable done site from elsewhere in the scalp is removed and transplanted to area where hair growth is expected. The good news, most men with male pattern baldness can take this option!

Surgical option is costly, but it may be the fastest option to see the improvement of your hair growth on your hairline more quickly. And since some side effects (such as pain, infection, or scarring) may occur after treatment, consult these to your dermatologist before taking the surgery!

Another challenging issue to discuss is whether the treatment will provide permanent result. Each treatment has pros and cons. Finasteride is relatively more affordable, but the result is not permanent (you need to use it continuously on regular basis to maintain the hair growth). Hair transplantation is more expensive, but the result could be permanent.

How to regrow and reverse receding hairline naturally?

Since the cause of problem is commonly associated with inherited genes, lifestyle approaches alone are not enough. But they can help improve the overall health of your hair follicles!

Natural treatments and home remedies should be used for ‘complementary treatment option’ along with the conventional treatments, particularly true if inherited genes are to blame. But a few studies suggest that some of these natural approaches may help a lot to cope with pattern baldness. These include:


  • davidvankeurena0952.wordpress.com

    It may be genetic or external factors like stress, dandruff, poor diet,
    climate change, etc may be responsible. This is mainly because 10% of the
    hair on your scalp usually lies dormant. Apart from that, biotin, para-aminobenzoic
    acid (PABA), and vitamin B5 are helpful in maintaining good healthy hair.

  • Kate

    Is minoxidil a kind of cream or what?

  • David

    Can Dermatologist tell whether or not its due to poor diet or do I have to see another doctor for that?

    • healthclop

      @David
      Hair loss can be attributed by many factors. But for receding hairline, it is more likely to be caused by genetic factor.

      Diet is only one of many factors. See your dermatologist for more advice and diagnosis!