You look in the mirror, only to find that your hair looks different. It’s less full, less thick, and – worst of all – slowly making its way back on your forehead.
This is known as a receding hairline, and it’s a reality (and horror!) for ⅔ of the male population.
In this article, I’m going to introduce you to hairline recession. What it means, the two types of recession you may notice, and its implications.
You’ll then learn how to tell whether your hairline is receding and, most importantly, what you can do to stop hair loss and regrow your hair.
Side Note: Not all forms of hair loss are reversible. To learn whether the tips in this article will help you, take the 6-part quiz at the end.
You’ll get a score out of 100, and you’ll receive information on the type of hair loss you suffer from and what you can do to stop it.
An Introduction to Hairline Recession
A receding hairline is something which many men suffer from. It starts as young as mid-teens, and it can wreak havoc on your self-confidence and self-esteem.
While we’ll be touching on the more permanent form of hairline recession throughout this article, it’s important to understand the difference between the two types of hairline recession.
The Types of Hairline Recession
When it comes to a receding hairline, there are two main types: maturing and receding.
A maturing hairline is a common – and very normal – experience. It typically occurs from mid-teens to late-20s, and is a direct result of changing facial shape.
A receding hairline, on the other hand, is unnatural and a sign of the beginning stages of male-pattern baldness.
It occurs in 25% of men before the age of 21, though it can occur at any point in mid- to late-adulthood, too.
Not sure how to tell the difference between maturing and receding? Take a look at this post.
What a Receding Hairline Means for You
For the majority of men, a receding hairline is a sign of future hair loss to come. This is because a receding hairline typically indicates male-pattern baldness.
The hairline is a line of hair follicles at the temporofrontal region of your head. This includes your forehead and temples.
For men with Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA), hair loss typically begins at this region first. This is because AGA is caused by sensitivity to DHT, and the hair follicles by the temples and forehead have an abundance of androgen receptors.
DHT attaches to said receptors, triggering the miniaturization and hair follicle damage which occurs as a result.
(DHT triggering your hair loss? Learn how to reduce DHT levels naturally here.)
So, if you notice hairline recession at the temples, it’s very likely that AGA is the cause and DHT is the culprit.
3 Tell-Tale Signs Your Hairline is Receding – The Different Receding Hairline Stages.
With a better understanding of hairline recession, as well as what it can mean for you, here’s a few signs to look for when determining whether your hairline is receding.
1. Your Hairline is Uneven
One of the easiest ways to distinguish between a maturing hairline and a receding one is the manner in which the hairline recedes.
If your hairline has moved back uniformly, then, it’s likely that the hairline has matured in order to match your more mature facial shape.
2. Your Temple Hair is Thinning
Now, perhaps you’ve yet to see any noticeable hair loss. In the beginning stages, it can be difficult to tell whether your hairline really is receding, or if your eyes are playing tricks.
This is when it’s time to focus in on your temples.
To begin, run your fingers through the hair on your temples. Note the texture, thickness, and overall quality. Do the same to the hair near your forehead. Notice a difference?
Additionally, as the temple hair loss continues, you’ll notice a distinct widow’s peak.
The classic “M-shape” will begin to appear, as can be seen in the image to the right. This is known as frontal baldness, and it’s a common trait in men with AGA.
You can refer to the Norwood scale to compare your hairline with the standardised pattern of “male pattern baldness.”
3. You’re Experiencing More Fallout
It’s normal for people – both men and women – to shed anywhere from 50 – 100 strands of hair per day. This is due to constant cycling that the hair follicles undergo, and is nothing which should cause alarm.
However, you may begin to notice more hair is falling out over time. This is commonly seen on your pillow when you awake, or in the shower.
You can also take a look at your comb each day, cleaning it out and taking a visual note of the fallout which occurred.
How to Stop the Recession and Lower Your Hairline
There are a number of options – some natural and some not – which can stop your hairline from receding any further and perhaps even regrow the hair you’ve lost.
Keep in mind, though, that the sooner you start treatment, the better.
So, what options do you have?
Treat Your Scalp With Propecia
Propecia is a popular hair growth treatment that stops the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase from converting testosterone into DHT.
I personally used Propecia in the beginning of my hair loss and for myself, as well as lots of other men who have tried the treatment, the risks and side effects were too much to continue use.
Fortunately, there are more natural ways you can stop hair loss.
Take Control of Your Diet
From hidden sensitivities to highly-acidic foods, your diet can cause a number of unpleasant reactions within the body. One such reaction is inflammation and, as a result, scalp irritation and hair loss.
The four main culprits in diet-related hair loss include: dairy, carbonated drinks, sugary cereals, gluten and greasy foods.
When you remove these foods from your diet, you’ll likely notice a few changes, both in how you feel and how you look.