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 treatments 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.
Unfortunately, receding hairline may signal a male pattern baldness, which currently has no cure. The good news, it also could be a consequence of maturing hairline, which is a normal process as you age.
In men, it is often associated with the early sign of androgenic alopecia or pattern baldness (the most common hair loss in men, it may account about 30-40 % of male hair loss problems), according to the Cleveland-Clinic.
It is more common in older men. Nevertheless it also can start to appear in the age of 20s.
In men with pattern baldness, receding hairline is the most common early symptom of the condition. The hairline will gradually recede,which may also be followed by thinning hair at the crown of the head. Over time, this may lead to a bold spot at the crown and a significant recession of hairline on the temples.
Again, the inherited genes often play a key role! Hairline that recedes aggressively is rarely associated with lifestyle factors.
But if you have it before the age of 30, this could also be a part of maturing hairline.
As you age, your body (including face and hairline) changes in time. The hairline may recede and become a bit higher than your highest forehead wrinkle line. The recession of maturing hairline is usually mild (not aggressive) and will stop on its own.
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 20s, the symptoms of female pattern baldness is more likely to occur (noticeable) at the age of 40 or older.
In case of when both mother’s side and father’s side don’t have pattern baldness, the answer of which side that has more contribution to cause the problem is more difficult to understand. But it’s clear that having a family history of pattern baldness (in one side or both sides) increases the risk, according to Mayo Clinic.
Inherited genes are not the only one to blame. The problem may also 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.
To stop and regrow hairline associated with pattern baldness, there are several conventional treatment options to choose from. Here are some of them!
Finasteride (one of common FDA-approved medicines to treat pattern baldness) is usually available with prescription! It can help regrow hairline and improve hair growth by reducing the production of a substance called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a kind of hormone that can affect and shrink the hair follicles.
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, both in men and women. It has been approved by the FDA, and practical enough to use. Just apply it once /twice a day on the treatment area where hair growth is expected. The result can vary from person to person – but many times, it takes a few months to see the result.
However, there are also some side effects you need to concern. Always follow the guidelines on how to use it properly! Sometimes the use of minoxidil may cause scalp irritation. It may also lead to the hair growth on unexpected areas such as the side of forehead or face.
BUT … It usually doesn’t work for receding hairline of pattern baldness. Because it doesn’t target the main underlying cause of the problem, DHT! However a few anecdotal reports show that it might work on hairline.
While other treatments fail to work, your dermatologist may suggest surgical treatments such as hair transplant. In this treatment, 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 are welcome, good candidate for 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 your hair growth). The same goes for minoxidil!
Hair transplantation is more expensive, but the result would last in years.
Since the cause of the problem is commonly associated with inherited genes, lifestyle approaches alone usually 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 mentioned above, particularly true if inherited genes are to blame.
A few studies suggest that some of these natural approaches may be quite helpful to deal with receding hairline of pattern baldness. These include:
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.
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