Receding hairline (RH) is more common in men than in women. Like most things in problems of hair loss, it is commonly caused by inherited genes. However, sometime it also can be prevented and treated. The way of treatment you need to follow to stop and regrow your receding hairline is closely associated with the cause of the problem. If it is triggered by controllable factors, you may be able to reverse it naturally without involving any medical intervention.
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 people (men) with pattern baldness, the hair starts to disappear and thin on the sides of the head’s top at the front of the hairline. Overtime, this can lead to a patch of hair in the middle and RH on the head’s sides. The inherited genes often play a key role in triggering and causing male-pattern baldness – let’s explore more this issue on the following section!
So, what are the female and male receding hairline causes?
As mentioned before, androgenic alopecia in men is often related with RH in the early stage of its existence, but most women with androgenic alopecia typically don’t experience it. They tend to have a general thinning over their entire scalp, especially hair loss at their crown. Furthermore while men can notice their RH as early as their teens, women are more likely to find noticeable signs of their pattern baldness in their 40s or older.
In many cases, heredity (inherited genes) and changes of hormones are commonly thought to be the major causes of male and female RH problem. For this case, the home remedies alone are not enough to prevent and treat the problem – medical intervention is often needed to stop and regrow this kind of receding hairline.
In the case if you experience RH but your mother and father don’t have a personal history of RH, the answer of which one of mother’s side or father’s side that have much more contribution in causing RH is not fully understood. But it’s clear that having a history of RH or androgenic alopecia on either side of your family can increase your risk on developing the same condition, according to Mayo Clinic.
Moreover, there may be also other factors that have contribution. These may include certain medical conditions & medications (like cancer and its treatments), wrong hair treatments, wrong cosmetic procedures, lack of certain essential nutrients (poor nutrition), etc.
How to prevent receding hairline for men and women?
Since the cause of RH is commonly associated with inherited genes, there is no clearly answer on how to prevent it. While being gentle with your wet hair during washing and sticking with a healthy diet (especially eating adequate essential nutrients to promote good health for hair) can be helpful enough to prevent and slow hair loss, but again there is still no proven option /way to help prevent hairline from receding. But some experts believe that the ways that can help prevent hair loss may also be helpful enough to help prevent RH.
Conventional receding hairline treatments
There are several conventional treatment options. These may include:
Prescribed medications /medicines
See a dermatologist, and ask to her/him about prescribing finasteride (one of common FDA-approved medicines to treat hair loss)! This kind of medicine can help improve the hair growth by reducing the production of substance called dihydrotestosterone or DHT (a kind of hormone that can affect and shrink the hair follicle).
Your dermatologist may also need to inject a substance called corticosteroid in the scalp if your RH is triggered by a bodily inflammation. The injection of corticosteroid is intended to cure the swelling due to a bodily inflammation and eventually can be helpful to improve and regrow your hairline.
When it comes to non-prescription treatments for RH, the use of a substance called ‘minoxidil’ may be one of the most common choices in these days. It is a topical solution to help prevent and stop the hair from thinning. It also can be useful to help stimulate hair growth!
And fortunately, minoxidil has already been approved by FDA. The use of this kind over-the-counter treatment is practical enough. Just apply it once /twice a day on the area of your scalp where you want to regrow your receding hairline. The result can vary from person to person, but generally it may only take about 12 weeks to give a significant 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 the use of this non-prescription medicine!
While other treatments fail to work, your dermatologist may suggest surgical hair replacement option to restore and regrow your RH. There are some different surgical procedures to help restore RH, such as:
- A surgery to remove hairless scalp and then replace it with hair-covered scalp.
- A hair transplant surgery. In this kind of surgery, plugs of hair from the patient’s scalp are removed and then will be used and transplanted into the sections of scalp with spots of bald.
Surgical option may be the fastest option to see your RH disappear quickly! However, in fact it is also costly. Furthermore, there are also some side effects (such as pain, infection, or scarring) that you should concern as well! Consult more with your dermatologist about these issues before taking any surgery!
How to regrow and reverse receding hairline naturally?
Receding hairline natural treatments and home remedies are often considered as complementary treatments along with the conventional treatments, particularly true if your dermatologist say that the problem is caused by inherited genes. But these home remedies can give a significant result of progression in reversing your receding hairline if the problem is only triggered by controllable factors (such as stress, poor diet, or certain treatable medical conditions).
A few changes of your dietary habits
Some osteopathic physicians believe that excessive consumption of refined grain products & sugar can worsen the symptom of hair loss. Some studies found that men and women with premature pattern baldness may have an increased risk of insulin resistance problems.
This suggests that there may be a link between hair loss and the risk of developing insulin resistance. Though it’s not clear yet whether or not insulin resistance can trigger hair loss, some experts think that diet low in grains & sugar may help slow the pattern baldness – even this inexpensive option may be much more effective than using Rogaine.
In addition, a low-protein diet also should be avoided because protein is essential nutrient for your hair growth, according to WebMD!
Appropriate techniques on your scalp
There are some scalp massage techniques that can help improve the flow of blood to the hair follicles. These can include scalp massage with essential oils of lavender, rosemary, cedar-wood, and thyme – according to the UMMC (the University of Maryland Medical Center)!
The blood that flows to the hair follicles is very crucial for your hair growth. This blood flow is important to make sure that the hair follicles get adequate essential nutrients. When it is affected or doesn’t work properly, the supply of nutrients to hair follicles also will be affected! In other words, if the blood flow to your hair follicles runs optimally, this can help improve the chance of improving the hair growth.
Control your stress as well with a good stress management!
Some researches confirmed that uncontrolled stress (particularly in chronic case) can worsen the hair loss problem. Find in-depth information the link between stress and hair loss in here!
In fact, there is still no any kind of supplement that has been proved can work effective in treating RH – according to Mayo Clinic. Furthermore, taking supplement is commonly only recommended if you are not well nourished.
However, there are a few studies found that some supplements may work effective in restoring RH. One of these supplements is saw palmetto. It may work effective in reducing DHT. When the production of DHT can be controlled, the chance of hair follicles damage can be eliminated.
But the use of saw palmetto cannot work effectively if in patients of RH with low DHT. If you have normal or even low DHT levels but you experience RH, you need to see a dermatologist to explore and find other possible causes of your RH and other appropriated treatments.