For many people a receding hairline happens all of a sudden, and for others they see the hairline receding further as the months and the years go by. Losing strands of hair every day and hair thinning is normal for most, and usually, that lost hair usually grows back.
But when you notice a lot more hair falling out and you notice clumps, bald patches, excessive thinning then it’s a very worrying time and a visit to your doctor or dermatology department for advice could be your next step to see if it’s all due to a health condition.
It’s quite normal to experience some receding of the hairline, and the forehead area can look larger as a result. Along with this, pattern balding can occur, and eventually, the hair on top of the head can start to fall out.
Reasons for hair loss are not always easy to understand and there can be many factors present where some are not so obvious.
Once a hairline recedes it tends to carry on receding but there are many things you can do to try to halt everything in its tracks or indeed slow things down. It will give you a better chance of achieving hair and scalp which is healthier and well maintained.
What Causes the Hairline to Recede?
Hereditary ‘it’s in the blood’ most would say. Ageing is also a common reason for your locks to start falling out. There are other factors that contribute to a receding hairline which can intensify hair loss.
Perhaps in the past you have put too much strain on the hair when styling, bleaching or colouring? Maybe you smoked cigarettes or you followed an unhealthy diet for a sustained period of time?
Male Pattern Baldness is a Common Cause
Male Pattern Baldness (Pattern Baldness can also occur with women) is a very common cause of hair loss. It is hereditary it’s in the genes, and there can be other contributing factors. For example:
Hormonal Changes and Medical Conditions
Menopause, alopecia areata, scalp infections and thyroid problems can cause hair loss as can pregnancy.
Health Medications for Medical Conditions
Serious health conditions cause hair to fall out such as heart problems, cancer, high blood pressure, arthritis and depression. Regular use of prescription drugs is normally required by someone suffering through a serious illness, and this can carry side effects.
Male Pattern Baldness
This is one of the most common reasons for hair loss. Hormone levels in a man can change, and male pattern baldness can worsen with age where complete baldness is more of a probability than a possibility.
Female Pattern Baldness
More is heard about male pattern baldness, but women can also go through some very difficult times, and hair can also be lost with ageing. Hair loss for women tends to come randomly from any part of the scalp.
Excessive Hair Styling and Hair Treatments
Traction alopecia can be caused by styling the hair too much and when hair follicles become inflamed, or the scalp is scarred using other hair treatments, the hair can fall out.
Is there a Receding Hairline Treatment Out There that Works?
Science hasn’t created a miracle cure yet so there is no guaranteed treatment that will definitely prevent a receding hairline. Medications regularly used such as Rogaine (rubbed into the scalp) and Propecia (in tablet form) will offer some help in slowing down hair loss. Your hair loss might be caused by a scalp infection or a health condition, so a visit to a doctor or dermatologist who will carry out some tests would be very beneficial. Maintaining the health and vitality of the hair is essential, so the earlier the problem is found the better.
How is Hair Loss Currently Treated?
A hairline recedes for different reasons and in the case of male pattern baldness, hair loss will unfortunately be expected especially if becoming losing a lot of hair has affected other family members such as your father, great grandfather, great great grandfather. Hair loss and a receding hairline is a problem for many millions of men and women in the UK and worldwide. Here are some hair loss options for you to consider.
Scalp micropigmentation offers an incredible solution with natural results. SMP (scalp pigmentation) is non invasive there is no surgery involved and downtime recovery time is minimal.
Hair follicles are replicated by inserting custom coloured pigments into certain layers of the scalp skin, and this creates a natural stylish appearance of a full head of hair. SMP carried out in the right way, will mean a remarkable outcome. A skilled scalp technician should carry out the treatment.
A herbal medicine practitioner can provide herbal medicines remedies to benefit the hairline and hair. For example ginseng and aloe vera are used to aid hair loss.
Essential oils have been known to improve hair growth. Mixing a carrier oil with essential oils such as lavender, rosemary and peppermint oil can help.
Rogaine and Propecia
(i) Minidoxil (Rogaine) is usually purchased over the counter. Rogaine (minoxidil) has more impact when it’s used to grow hair on small parts of the scalp. There are side affects associated with Rogaine.
(i) Finasteride (Propecia) is usually prescribed by a doctor. It reduces certain hormones and can improve hair regrowth on the scalp. There are some side effects associated with Propecia.
Stimulate the Scalp with Massage
Scalp massages done regularly for at least a few minutes a day have been known to increased the flow of blood to the area being massaged.
Lower the DHT Hormone Levels
When dihydrotestosterone (DHT) levels increase, the chance of hair loss may be greater and foods rich with zinc and lysine will help to keep DHT levels lower.
A hair transplant requires surgery and a long recovery period where results are not guaranteed. Hair is taken from the back of the head and transplanted into the hairline and there is a long recovery period before the final results are actually visible. This is a costly treatment.
An ideal shampoo to help with hair growth would be one with the active ingredient ketoconazole, however the shampoo should contain less chemicals and should be one which is gentle and stimulating for the follicles. .
Lasers can be used to stimulate hair growth on the scalp. The way this is done is low level light stimulates the anagen hair follicle growth phase. Laser therapy does not work well for everyone but it is a safe procedure and fortunately carries no side effects.
Better Managed Anxiety and Stress
When the hair becomes temporarily thinner a few months after receiving a shock (emotional and physical), the hair usually returns to normal. But anxiety and stress have been linked to hair loss, so it is highly beneficial to include exercise and a healthy diet as part of your day to day routine.
A Healthy Diet
Adding foods to your diet which are rich in antioxidants will help you to achieve healthier hair. Oxidative stress can age your hair so adding antioxidants will really help. Foods such as blueberries and spinach contain antioxidants.
Essential Vitamins & Minerals
These vitamins and minerals when added to the diet will play a key role in maintaining the health of hair and hair growth. Zinc, Vitamin A,
Vitamin E, Iron and Vitamin B12. Adding seeds, nuts and green leafy vegetables will also help with hair maintenance.
SKALPTEC SERVICES FOR HAIR LOSS
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There’s no proven magic formula to stop your hairline from receding once it’s started. But there are a lot more options than there used to be. There’s a chance you can slow things down and a lot will depend on how quickly you’re losing your hair, your genetic makeup and just how much hair loss affects your confidence and your outlook.
If you are looking for another option consider having Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP). Skalptec Ltd is an established UK award winning SMP provider and we can provide the best possible experience for you if you are going through any type of hair loss.
Learn more about Skalptec and the services that we provide. See how we can help you to cover anything from early signs of hair loss to full baldness and alopecia, and contact us to chat with one of our friendly team. You can book a free consultation with a Skalptec clinic near you.
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