A receding hairline seems to be a normal hair progression in some people, especially if a receding hairline runs in your family.
Hair losses can begin at a relatively early age, with one study finding that in men under 30, 16% had moderate to extensive hair loss already.
But, there are still things that you can look into that may help slow the receding hairline, or at least make your changing hairline less noticeable.
In this article, we will identify things that you can look into to either help maintain your current hairline or at least hide the receding hairline.
Certain medications have been approved for male pattern hair loss, and the results can range from helping stop additional losses to moderate regrowth over the course of treatment.
With these hair loss medications, the results tend to last only as long as treatment is continued.
Finasteride is a medication that is taken by mouth as a tablet once daily to help reduce the overall DHT in the scalp.
DHT is a known culprit of male pattern hair losses, so its reduction may help maintain your current strands.
Finasteride is prescription-only and is only approved for use in males.
Minoxidil is the active ingredient inside the popular over-the-counter topical hair loss product - Rogaine.
Minoxidil also helps reduce DHT levels in the scalp to help prevent hair loss and potentially increase new hair regrowth.
Minoxidil can be used in both men and women.
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If you are a good candidate for treatment, your medication can be shipped quickly and discreetly to your front door.
Sometimes, not getting enough vitamins and nutrients can wreak havoc on your hair, including prematurely aging it.
Making sure your levels of Vitamin A, Vitamin E, B-12, Iron, and Zinc are optimal may help make your hair healthier - including normalizing hair growth.
However, if you already eat an awesome diet and your levels are perfect, adding in more nutrients will likely not help any further.
Not sure if you are giving your hair everything it needs?
Look into a hair, skin, and nail multivitamin to help cover any nutritional gaps.
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If you are already noticing your hairline receding, it may be time to look into hair products that do their best to strengthen and nurture the hair follicles.
Some shampoos and conditions can be overly stripping on the hair, pulling out too much of the natural protective oils.
These strong shampoos may make your head “feel cleaner” but ultimately your strands are left worse off.
Choose a gentle shampoo that will leave on some of those healthy and protective natural oils.
For an even better shampoo and conditioner choice, look for ones that have stimulating ingredients like certain essential oils.
Products that improve overall scalp blood-flow mean more oxygen and nutrients are able to get to those hair follicles which will ultimately help hide a receding hairline.
Being too stressed out for too long can eventually be bad news for your hair.
And while stress usually is more related to a diffuse thinning of all of your hair rather than the hairline specifically - too much stress is definitely not doing your hairline any favors.
Try to remove yourself from situations or people causing you stress, or integrate healthy stress-relieving activities into your day.
Regular exercise, adequate sleep, spending time with friends and family, or meditation on a regular basis can help keep stress levels manageable.
Regular scalp massages may help increase the thickness of strands and help downregulate some of those hair-loss genes, according to one study.
The study reports that the effects are potentially from the stretching forces on the scalp epidermal cells.
In the study, the men had a daily 4 minutes scalp massage for 24 weeks.
So, grab a personal head massager, or ask your significant other for a little scalp massage to possibly help your hair look better long term.
Next time you head in for a trim, speak with your stylist about ways to subtly disguise a receding hairline.
We aren’t talking about the old techniques of combing the hair over, but something less obvious like opting for a closer cut to help de-emphasize the contrast between your scalp and your hair.
Certain hair techniques like bleaching, excessively heat styling, or tight braids could contribute to aggravate an already receding hairline.
Smoking may also contribute to hair loss by inducing DNA damage to the hair follicle.
In general, treating your hair well will help it look the best it can look.