are a lot of questions from young adults asking about thinning frontal
hairline, whether it’s normal. Frontal hairlines can gradually recede higher
with age. This may signal a condition called maturing hairline. It occurs
naturally, which is perfectly normal. However, sometimes androgenic alopecia
(male pattern baldness) is also to blame. Here are pieces of helpful
information to understand the distinction between the two is.
Frontal hairlines recede
naturally as part of ‘maturing’
when we were in early 20s, did you notice frontal hairline that recedes higher
than your juvenile hairline. And then you may get in a flap wondering if something
wrong was going on. The good news, hairline recession at this age range is not
always linked to male pattern baldness. Even many times it is just a maturing
the body changes including hairline. Hairline will become slightly higher. Once
the process is complete, you have a ‘mature’ hairline and the recession will
stop on its own. So again, it’s actually a normal process.
In most boys,
their frontal hairline is usually in line with their highest forehead wrinkle.
Then as they age, they will have a mature hairline in which the hairline becomes
less defined and recedes by about 0.5 to 0.75 inches higher than their juvenile
and length of time for this natural recession vary by individual. Although it
usually occurs in early 20s, it can also begin to occur at the age of 17. Furthermore,
the process for complete maturing hairline may take decades in some men – while
in others, it is only over the course of 5 years.
addition, your hair color and thickness will also change with age. These
changes may occur naturally in years after maturing hairline.
age, hair follicles will make less melanin, our hair pigment. This will make
gray hair more likely. Gray hair can start in the age of 30s, which then eventually
may turn white . Also, hair thickness changes
over time! Hair strands will get smaller, resulting thin and light-colored hair.
Frontal hairlines recede as part
of androgenic alopecia
natural recession from maturing hairline is likely to move back evenly. We
don’t know the goal of this process. But we can say it just creates a more
distinct frontal hairline, slightly higher up. It just gives you the more
rounded edges, which are very common in young adults.
story is different if the problem has to do with something else. Androgenic
alopecia causes hairline recession worse than maturing hairline. The hairline
will move higher on your head (beyond 0.75 inch), which is especially true (more
aggressive) at the temples.
androgenic alopecia can also have early sign of the problem before they achieve
the age of 21, according to the American Hair Loss Association . So it’s not always easy to
distinguish the two in young men.
understand, the hairline that keeps receding when your mature hairline has
taken shape should be considered abnormal. In such case, androgenic alopecia
may be the culprit. This is particularly true if you have distinctive horseshoe
‘U-shaped’ pattern in which the hairline at the temples recedes more quickly.
name implies ‘pattern’, men with the condition will lose their hair gradually
in a consistent way. This may lead to partial or complete baldness if left
‘U’ shape appears, it usually starts with a gradual retreat of hairline away
from your forehead to form an ‘M’ shape. In time, the affected area becomes
thinner and may get worse to create a ‘U-shaped’ pattern of hair left upon the
back and sides of your head.
news, androgenic alopecia is less likely to affect men without a genetic
predisposition. In general, mostly the condition is related to genetic factor
and male hormones.
thought that DHT (an androgen) plays a key role, which is already well
documented in some studies .
In male pattern baldness, some hair follicles are more sensitive to the action
of DHT. This hypersensitive response leads to follicle miniaturization, making
the affected follicles get smaller. This leads to finer and thinner hair.
Eventually, there would be no hair growth at all.
men are sensitive to DHT. That’s why we believe that other factors have a role,
and your genes are to blame. In many men with the condition, it’s caused by genes
they get from their family. Experts believe that genetic factor can affect how
sensitive the follicles to DHT.
general we can say that if you have a relative with the condition, it’s likely
you to develop one as well. But if you don’t have this genetic trait, your hair
recession is likely just a maturing hairline.
things first, it’s important to figure out the exact cause of your hair loss.
For accurate diagnosis of whether it’s androgenic alopecia or something else,
see a dermatologist. Or wait-and-see is probably your best bet (if you’re a
teenager) until your mature hairline has completely taken shape.
is not always necessary since it’s usually nothing more than a cosmetic issue
(harmless). As long as you can enjoy with your new appearance, you may not need
treatment. Some receding hairline hairstyles are available. Also, going bald is
not always bad. Many men with baldness still look attractive and have good
other hand if you choose to treat it, early treatment may help you a lot. Because
sometimes it’s relatively easier to preventing hair loss than growing hair! Also,
certain treatments may not stimulate hair regrowth, but will only help stop or
slow down hair loss. So once you know that it’s more than maturing hairline or
if you do believe that it has to do with androgenic alopecia — see a dermatologist
to get appropriate treatment as early as possible!
of treatment options for androgenic alopecia are available. Surgery (hair transplantation)
is probably the most powerful one, though it is costly.
are also some non-surgical options to choose from, see
more here! You hair care regimen, like shampoo,
may help too.
remember, most non-surgical treatments will not provide a ‘cure’. Typically,
you need to keep using the treatment to maintain your hair growth. Also, the
traditional route like minoxidil or finasteride, is not always effective to
stimulate hair regrowth. That’s why sometimes people resort to surgical
procedure (hair transplantation) instead.
no one treatment which is universally effective for everyone. Many times,
treatments can be hit-and-miss. Even not all patients are good candidate for
why new treatments are always exciting — several studies are continuously
going on. These will give people more alternative ways that may be more