A receding hairline can be regarded as a silent killer. You never know when you start experiencing it but all of a sudden, all you spot is baldness. Wondering how you became bald even before you knew it? This is where it is important to monitor your hairline regularly so that you can spot any small changes as soon as they occur. The following article helps you with some basic information about male pattern baldness, when you can expect it, how to get rid of it and other related details.
Also known as the male pattern baldness, thinning hairline is the condition where your hair starts thinning in the areas of your temples and you notice baldness in the crown area of your head. What is surprising about this condition is that the hair at the back and sides of your head remains intact. You will notice changes only in the frontal portion of your forehead and temples.
One of the main reasons for this problem (scientifically known as androgenic alopecia) is the excessive production of a hormone known as DHT (Dihydrotestosterone).
Usually, the production of this male sex hormone starts reducing once men reach puberty. However, in some men, the production of this hormone keeps continuing at an increased pace. In these cases, the hormone starts getting stored in various parts of the body and in the hair follicles as well. When this hormone starts getting accumulated in the hair follicles, it obstructs the blood flow and deprives them of the necessary nutrients.
As a result, they stop growing and your hair begins to thin, resulting in the condition known as male pattern baldness.
Some of the other causes of this problem are:
- Genetics or Inherited Factors
- Age (usually, men over and above 25 years of age begin facing this problem)
- Stressful lifestyle
- Medications for cardiac problems, cholesterol, blood pressure, etc.
- Chemotherapy treatment
- Irregular and unhealthy diet patterns
What does a receding hairline look like?
There is no hard and fast rule that only men who are above 25 years old would experience male pattern baldness. Sometimes due to hormonal problems, stress and genetics, teenage boys could suffer from this condition as well.
So how do you know if your hair is thinning or not? Here are some ways for you to find out:
M-shaped hairline on your forehead – When the hair-loss has resulted in an M shape on your forehead and temples area, it should ring an alarm bell in your mind as it is one of the first symptoms of hair thinning.
Horseshoe shaped – As your hairline starts thinning further, you will notice that you have lost almost all the lateral hairs on your head, resulting in a horseshoe shape on your forehead. The hairs in the middle and back portion of your head would remain intact. Your temples would be in a raised and high position due to the loss of hair on the sides when you suffer from male pattern baldness.
Unusual hair loss – On an average, a person loses 100 strands of hair every day. However, when you see unusual chunks of hair in your bathtub or while combing, it is a sign that you could suffer from hair thinning issues. Ensure that you monitor your hair regularly so that you will notice when you lose more hair than the permissible limit.
Comparison of hair volume – You need to touch the hair between your temples with one hand and with the other hand touch the hair at the sides of your head. Compare the volume of hair in both these areas. If you find that the hair between your temples is thinner, it means you are facing early symptoms of hair thinning or male pattern baldness.
Loss of hair at the crown – Hold a hand-held mirror above your head to investigate the volume of hair in the crown area. Compare this with your hair from earlier photos. Do you notice a change in terms of thinning or baldness? If you answered yes to these questions, you might be prone to a condition known as male pattern baldness.
What age can you get a receding hairline?
Though studies say that men over and above 25 years of age are more prone to experience the condition of normal hairline vs receding, you can sometimes see teenage boys suffer from this condition as well. A lot of factors like hormones, genes, stress, supplements and medications can lead to this condition. Irrespective of their age, men and boys, who fall under the following categories, are more prone to experience hair thinning problems than the others.
- Those who have bald male relatives from their parents’ sides
- Those who have the habit of applying lots of chemical hair supplements on their hair
- Those who subject their hair to a lot of styling, rubbing and other treatments
- Those who have an overproduction of DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) hormone in their body
- Those who suffer from conditions like enlarged prostate, cardiac problems, cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, hypertension and the like
- Those who lead a highly stressful life with irregular eating and sleeping patterns
- Cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy treatment
What to do if your hairline is receding?
You have monitored your hair growth and followed all the checks mentioned above. You have also understood that you are in the high-risk category and that your hairline has begun to thin in and around the areas of your temples.
So what do you do now? How do you stop further thinning? If you lucky enough and haven’t experienced it yet, how do you prevent yourself from this condition? Here are a few tips that will help you:
Healthy eating patterns
Though genetics and hereditary factors contribute to almost 80% of the male pattern baldness, you can prevent further damage by following a regular and healthy eating pattern. When you eat a balanced diet (replete with all nutrients like proteins, vitamins, minerals, iron, fats, carbohydrates and folic acid) on a regular basis, your hair follicles get strengthened and chances of thinning are reduced to a large extent.
Irrespective of the treatments that you undertake for regrowth of your hair, you should follow a healthy diet for the treatments to give results.
Reduce the pressure on your hair
It is always recommended that you leave your hair free and avoid excessive pressure on it. This rule should be followed more diligently if you fall in the high-risk category or are more prone to experience hair thinking issues than others. Never tie your hair too tight, rub it regularly or comb it too often. When you do these, you damage your hair follicles unknowingly and thus stall hair growth.
Reduce the usage of chemicals
If you are prone to experience the condition of male pattern baldness, you should take care to ensure that you don’t use too many chemical substances in your hair. In a bid to look stylish, you may be using lots of wax, cream and gel on your hair. However, you would be surprised to know that these substances are the main culprits of your hair thinning issues.
If you want to protect the health and volume of your hair, it is important that you make a conscious effort to stop using these chemical substances and resort to natural and mild hair oils and treatments.
The best way to correct male pattern baldness is to get a hair transplant process done from a professional cosmetic surgeon. He will assess your condition and suggest you the right treatment procedure so that you start witnessing regrowth of hair follicles in quick time.
This is a solution that has been recommended by many hair experts. It has been proved effective for people who face frontal hair loss issues. You need to apply this solution to the areas where you face hair thinning problems, twice a day. Within a month of usage, you will start noticing regrowth of hair follicles and this has been experienced by many people previously.
From the above article, you must have got a fair idea about hair thinning. Most of the people don’t notice it in the earlier stages and they begin to take note of it only when they become significantly bald. Unlike hair loss, hair thinning is a complicated condition which requires you to monitor your hairline regularly and spot changes instantly so that you take corrective action without delays.
If you in the age group of 25 and above and if you lead a highly stressful lifestyle, it is better to compare the volume of your hair in all the sides of your head on a regular basis to notice if you are beginning to experience receding hairline problems. When you notice a noticeable change in the hairline and when natural changes like diet & lifestyle changes don’t work, you will have to resort to hair transplant or hair weaving treatments, as the case may be, from reputed and experienced surgeons.
Once you have taken the necessary precautions, you need to maintain your hair with great care so that your hair follicles are not damaged in any way.