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Uneven Hairline? 4 Potential Causes and Treatment Options

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Seeing an uneven hairline can be jarring. It is the start of hair loss, a receding hairline, or just how your hair looks?

Below, we will cover the basics of an uneven hairline including what an uneven hairline looks like, 4 potential causes behind a less than symmetrical hairline, and things that you can do to try and even it out.

What does an uneven hairline look like?

An uneven hairline may present as one side of the hairline appearing to be higher than the other, a jagged appearance to the hairline, or even a “V” or “widow’s peak” showing up in the center.

What are the potential causes of an uneven hairline?

Not all cases of an uneven hairline have the same underlying cause. Below, are some of the most common reasons behind seeing an unsymmetrical hairline.

1. Male or female pattern hair loss

Male pattern hair loss or female pattern hair loss is the most common cause of hair loss in both genders. And, this hair loss can lead to the hairline not looking the same, becoming uneven, or looking less “crisp”. 

Male and female pattern hair loss is also sometimes referred to as androgenetic alopecia, and it has a genetic and hormonally based component.

In general, an uneven hairline caused by male or female hair loss may progress slowly and come along with other signs of hair loss like a bald spot forming on the crown or thinning on the temples for men, or an overall diffuse thinning of the hair or widening part for women.

In men experiencing male pattern hair loss, an “M” shaped hairline may develop, and the sides of the hairline may not regress in a uniform way, making the hairline appear uneven.

Women generally retain their hairline with female pattern hair loss, but with excess thinning at the front of the head the hairline may start looking patchy or ragged.

2. Your genetic makeup

If your hairline isn’t quite even and it has always looked that way, there may not be an actual “problem” going on at all.

Not everyone has a perfectly symmetrical hairline, just like not everyone has a perfectly symmetrical face or shoe size. 

Small deviations from the left and right side of your hairline may be perfectly normal and not a signal of impending hair loss. 

If your hairline has always looked uneven, and you aren’t seeing signs of hair loss like thinning or more shedding than usual, you may just naturally have an unsymmetrical hairline.

3. Traction alopecia

Traction alopecia is a type of hair loss that can occur when there is too much tension on the hair. This extra tension can lead to hair being pulled out, or irritation, redness, or swelling where the pressure was mainly applied. 

Traction alopecia can occur from hairstyles that are very tight like buns, braids, dreadlocks, high ponytails, or even when hair gets very long and is too heavy. The hair loss from traction alopecia is commonly seen at the edges of the hair, including the hairline, since these are the areas handing the brunt of the extra strain from these tight styles.

Luckily, if you suspect your hair loss along the edges of your hair is from traction alopecia, simply choosing a looser hairstyle can help stop the hair loss and allow your hair to regrow.

4. Scalp injury

Sometimes an uneven hairline can occur from a previous trauma or injury to the frontal hairline area which caused scarring. Injuries to the hairline area may produce scarring which can damage or remove the hair follicles and lead to no hair growing in that area any longer.

What can you do to help fix an uneven hairline?

1. Fix the underlying problem

Depending on the root cause behind your uneven hairline, you may be able to help reverse the issue by fixing the underlying problem. Situations like traction alopecia may be reverse by choosing less tight hairstyles, and hair loss from thyroid disorders may be able to be fixed by treating the thyroid issue with medications.

2. Try hair loss medications

In the case of an uneven hairline from hair losses due to androgenetic alopecia (male or female pattern hair loss), you may be able to use medications over the counter or from your doctor to help try to preserve your current hairline or, in some cases, encourage a certain amount of regrowth.

The most common hair loss medications include Finasteride for men to try and reduce DHT in the scalp. DHT is a hormone derived from testosterone that can damage the hair follicles. For some men, Finasteride can help slow the progression of male pattern hair loss and may encourage regrowth in some.

Minoxidil is another common treatment for both male and female pattern hair loss. Minoxidil is available over the counter and may help boost hair growth by increasing blood flow and helping to shift the hair into the growth phase for longer.

With most hair loss medications, any hair benefits may be lost if you stop using the treatment, so these are considered long-term medications to maintain the results.

3. Get a hair transplant

If your uneven hairline is just the way that your hair naturally grows in, hair loss treatments will not be effective at growing hair where you never naturally grew it.

For situations like an uneven natural hairline, if you want to look into ways to add more hair to even the hairline out, you may be able to speak to a doctor about hair transplant procedures.

Hair transplants take hair from your scalp, normally the back of your head, and surgically insert the growing follicles where you have sparse or band areas. In the case of a naturally uneven hairline, the hair transplant may be able to insert hair follicles to help make the hairline look more symmetrical.

Strut Health prescription hair loss treatments online

If you have an uneven hairline due to androgenetic alopecia, also known as male and female pattern hair loss, you may be able to treat it with oral or topical medications.

At Strut Health, we carry oral and topical hair loss medications for men containing Finasteride, Dutasteride, Minoxidil, and Tretinoin. For women, we formulated a topical hair loss formula utilizing Spironolactone, Minoxidil, and Tretinoin.

If you are interested in seeing if these prescription hair loss medications are a good fit for you, you can have a free online questionnaire and image-based consultation with our U.S. licensed doctors today.

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