Receding Hairline. Is Your Hairline Receding?

Receding Hairline issues are a major concern for many millions of people, mainly men and this has been the case for a very long time. A receding hairline can happen slowly or all of a sudden and unfortunately scientists do not yet have a one size fits all clear solution. Everyone has their own unique set of circumstances when it comes to hair care, so diagnosis and ways forward can be quite explorative and complex.

A hairline that recedes doesn’t always lead to baldness, but there are those who see their 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 replenishment and regrowth of lost hair usually grows back.

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When you notice a lot more hair falling out: clumps, bald patches, excessive thinning then it’s a very worrying time and a visit to your doctor or dermatology department for advice would be your next step to see if it’s all due to an existing health condition.

When the hair doesn’t grow back the prime aim is to find the root cause of the problem through diagnosis so a solution can be found – is it hereditary or is caused by a medical condition?


The forehead can look larger as a result of a hairline which has receded a lot. 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, they can be very complicated and there can be many factors present where some are not so obvious.

Once a hairline recedes it tends to continue either quickly or over a long period of time. But there are many things you can do to try to yourself and with the help of a dermatologist / doctor to halt everything in its tracks or indeed slow things down. There are steps you can take to give yourself an improved chance of achieving optimum hair and scalp health.

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It’s hereditary ‘it’s in the blood’ is a common response. 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 Serious 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.


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Male Pattern Baldness

Male Pattern Baldness 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.


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  • At stage 1 – Hardly any signs at all. A receding hairline that has just started is usual at this early stage.
  • At stage 2 – You may start to see receding hairline on the left and right temples.
  • At stage 3 – Observe the M shape in the diagram below: the receding hairline has moved more towards the middle of the top of the head.
  • At stage 4 – A small spot of balding is now apparent at the top of the head. This will occur for some and not all people.
  • At stage 5 – Excessive hair loss at this point.
  • At stage 6 – The hairline recedes further towards the back of the head.
  • At stage 7 – Complete baldness of the front and crown areas.
  • At stage 8 – At this final stage, hair loss will also affect the sides of the head. All hair is lost.


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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 40% effective (rubbed into the scalp on smaller areas of the scalp) and Propecia (in tablet form) will offer some help in slowing down hair loss. Each of these has side effects so it is important to seek professional medical advice beforehand.

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 detected the sooner you could be on the way to addressing your hairline problem.


  1. Why do I have a receding hairline? Age
  2. What are the symptoms? Starts after puberty. Widows Peak.
  3. Will a change in diet help? A healthier diet has benefits for everyone, but for hair loss you may want to consider more of: Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Zinc, Vitamin B12, foods high in antioxidants and iron.
  4. Different routes to treating a receding hairline: Reduce stress and anxiety, use essential oils. Medication may be prescribed by a medical professional if the loss of hair has been caused by an associated medical condition. Scalp micropigmentation. Herbal remedies. Low level light therapy. Stop using shampoo that contains ketoconazole. PRP therapy. Hair transplant.
  5. Causes of a Receding Hairline? Hereditary, hormones, alopecia, excessive saturated fats in food, smoking, lupus, bleaching and over-styling of hair.
  6. Diagnosing a receding hairline: consult a dermatologist, carry out a pull test and see if your hair pulls out easily, carry out a biopsy of the scalp.



A hairline recedes for a range of reasons and in the case of male pattern baldness, hair loss will unfortunately be expected especially if losing a lot of hair has affected other family members such as your father, great grandfather, great great grandfather.

Here are some hair loss options for you to consider going forward:

Scalp Micropigmentation

Scalp micropigmentation offers an incredible solution with guaranteed 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.

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Herbal Remedies

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

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.

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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.

Hair transplants

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.

Gentle Shampoos

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. .

Light Therapy

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 Healthier 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.

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You can’t physically or medicinally suddenly stop your hairline from receding, but there are ways you can slow everything down, and there are hair loss alternatives to improve your situation.

It is more of a challenge for those with hereditary hair loss, however for others there are positive steps you can take and having a receding hairline doesn’t necessarily mean you will go completely bald (although future thinning and balding can’t be discounted either), and there are cases where the hairline can grow back.

Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) is one proven way to re-establish a receding hairline and both men and women can flourish from the benefits.


Scalp micropigmentation is a popular hair loss solution for those who have to deal with losing their hair. Skalpec provides the following SMP services for men and women:

Are you asking: is there Scalp Micropigmentation Near Me? Yes there is..Skalptec has clinics across the UK and one in the Netherlands. Find out more.

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Have you thought about a career in SMP? You can succeed! Whatever you need, we’ll help you to find your way and we’ll help you to build your business and personal reputation with an already reputable world class well known SMP brand. With the right support and mentorship. Read More About Skalptec Partnerships.

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Skalptec currently has SMP hair loss treatment clinics to help with receding hairlines in Liverpool, London, Newcastle, Shrewsbury, Jersey and Netherlands.

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  • Liverpool – Terence Jones Owner and lead technicianof Skalptec & Winner of Best Scalp Tech MPUK UK National Award (our Head Office is located in Burscough, Merseyside). Click here to discover for more about Terence.
  • Newcastle – Terence Jones Owner and lead technician (MPUK National Award Winner 3 times for Scalp Technician of the year). Click here for more about Terence and his clinic.
  • London – A gifted dedicated SMP lead technician. Click here for more about our service.
  • Shrewsbury – Michelle Watson lead technician (our newset clinic opened in 2019). Click here for more about Michelle and her SMP clinic.

You will also find some of our top dedicated technicians with Skalptec clinics in:


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.

If you need help take your first step and talk to us. We have achieved recognition and awards for SMP over the years and we can provide the best possible experience. You can find Video Reviews, Case Studies and Before and After pictures on our website and on You Tube.

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.