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Receding Hairline? Here’s the best way to treat it

For many men, receding hairlines around the temples is often one of the first signs of hair loss. There are a lot of reasons why, from poor diet, to be using the wrong hair products, but also stress and hormonal imbalances can cause hair thinning. Receding hairline can greatly affect one's quality of life and self confidence, regardless of the age. Fortunately, there are ways you can prevent hair thinning:

If you have a receding hairline, you’re certainly not alone. Receding hairlines are very common for men. In fact, two-thirds of men will experience some form of hair loss (like receding hair) in their lives. For many men, this is just a sign of maturity (hence why it is sometimes called a mature hairline). But if you’re not happy with your receding hair, there are some steps you can take to regain the appearance of thicker, fuller hair.

Keep reading to learn what causes a receding hairline in men, and how to fix it.


What Are the First Signs of Receding Hair?

A receding hairline is one of the first signs of hair loss. Men tend to gradually lose hair from the temples, which gives their receding hairline a characteristic “V” shape. As they lose more hair, their receding hairline eventually transforms into an “M” shape.

However, it’s possible that you might have receding hair and not even know it! Hair loss is often a slow process. So slow, in fact, that you might not notice any changes in your hairline day-to-day when looking in the mirror.

To see if you do have a receding hairline, compare photographs of your current hair with photographs from several months or several years ago. Just make sure to use photographs in similar lighting, as lighting can have a great effect on the appearance of a hair thinning. If your hairline looks noticeably different in the photos, it’s likely that you have receding hair.

What Causes a Receding Hairline?

Causes of Receding Hairline


Genetics cause the majority of cases of receding hair. Androgenic alopecia, otherwise known as male pattern baldness or hereditary hair loss, is caused by a genetic sensitivity to a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Over time, DHT shrinks the hair follicles until they cease to grow hair. Androgenic alopecia usually shows up as a receding hairline, thinning hair at the crown, or both.

Since it’s genetic, if you have a relative with a receding hairline, you’re more likely to have one as well. This kind of hair loss is progressive, so it’s more apparent in older individuals. However, it’s a misnomer that a receding hairline is sometimes called a mature hairline, since androgenic alopecia can begin as early as one’s teen years.

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Using the Wrong Hair Products

Certain hair products can clog hair follicles, leading to a slowing of your hair growth rate that can eventually lead to a receding hairline.

Additionally, it’s thought that shampoos and conditioners that contain sulfate can destroy hair follicles and inhibit hair growth. Since the follicles of the hairline tend to be smaller in size, they are more susceptible to this kind of damage. So, it’s possible that using hair products with sulfate is contributing to a receding hairline. Learn more about sulfate free shampoo here.

Poor Diet

Nutrition is a major factor in the growth rate and overall health of your hair. Your body views your hair as “non-essential” (however essential it may feel to you!). So if you’re not eating right, your body will reroute the nutrients from the foods you do eat to your vital organs and away from your hair follicles. While this little maneuver keeps you alive, it can also mean receding hair if your diet isn’t what it should be.


It’s thought that other lifestyle factors like daily stress, how much you exercise, and even how much alcohol you drink can affect your hair growth. Suffice to say, leading an unhealthy lifestyle won’t do your receding hairline any favors.

Diseases or Medicine

A receding hairline can also be a symptom of some diseases or a side effect of certain types of medications.

Only a doctor can diagnose the cause of your hair loss. If you’re concerned about receding hair, make an appointment with a dermatologist to discuss treatment options. In many cases, the sooner you speak to a doctor, the better your results will be.

Your hair grows from your scalp, so it makes sense that keeping your scalp in tip top shape can help a receding hairline.

Receding Hairline Treatments: 7 Ways to Fight Back Against Hair Loss

Just because you have a receding hairline doesn’t mean you should throw in the towel and shave your head (though if you do want to do that, you do you!). Using some simple receding hairline tips can make a big difference in the overall appearance of a mature hairline.

1. Eat a Healthy Diet

Eat a Healthy Diet

As we said before, a poor diet can contribute to receding hair by not providing hair follicles with the nutrients they need to grow hair at a regular rate. Delay a receding hairline by eating a diet that’s rich in lean proteins, healthy fats, and plenty of fruits and vegetables.

2. Take a Supplement for Hair Growth

Take a Supplement for Hair Growth

Despite your best intentions, it can be difficult to get all the healthy foods into your diet that your hair needs for regular growth. We get it! That’s why we created Hairlust Hair Formula Gummies for Men. Formulated with a powerful dose of biotin, folic acid, zinc, and selenium as well as other recognized nutrients for maintaining healthy hair, these delicious gummies are an excellent choice for men with receding hairlines. Click here, if you are wondering how hair growth vitamins work?

3. Change Your Shampoo Line-Up

Change Your Shampoo Line-Up

If you have receding hair, it’s time to make the switch to a shampoo that’s specifically formulated for your hair type.

Using the wrong types of hair products can lead to build-up, which weighs down hair and makes individual strands cling together, further emphasising a receding hairline. Plus, many shampoos contain (SL/SLS) sulfates, which are thought to cause hair thinning by killing hair follicles and reducing hair growth. No thanks!

Instead, use Hairlust Grow Perfect™ Shampoo. This restorative formula has active ingredients that actually strengthen and rebuild your hair. So each time you wash you’re actually improving the health of your hair, not destroying it! For best results, use it together with Grow Perfect™ Conditioner that strengthens and heals the hair you have, while promoting healthier hair growth.

Want to boost your results even further? After washing your hair apply some Grow Perfect™ Hair Growth Serum powered by multiple clinically proven hair growth actives on your scalp.

4. Make Scalp Health a Priority

Make Scalp Health a Priority

Your hair grows from your scalp, so it makes sense that keeping your scalp in tip top shape can help a receding hairline.

In addition to using a shampoo for thinning hair, you’ll also want to add Scalp Delight™ Detox Scrub to your routine. This refreshing hair treatment gently buffs away residue from oil, dirt, hard water, and hair products that clog your hair follicles and weigh your hair down.

Our other winning receding hairline product is our Grow Perfect™ Thickening Spray. With a refreshing mint-infused formula, this receding hairline treatment boosts circulation to the scalp to support regular hair growth. As an added bonus, it adds volume to your roots for instantly fuller-looking hair.

We recommend that you use Scalp Delight™ Scalp Massage Brush to massage both treatments into your scalp. Scalp massage is known to boost hair growth. Why? Well, remember all those hair-healthy nutrients you’re now consuming with the help of our Hair Formula Gummies for Men? Scalp massage increases circulation to the scalp, delivering those nutrients to the hair follicles. Use both of these treatments weekly to keep your scalp in optimal health.

5. Try a Bamboo Pillowcase

Try a Bamboo Pillowcase

Believe it or not, swapping out your regular cotton pillowcase for a bamboo pillowcase can also make a big difference in the health of your hair.

Cotton fibers are rough and snag against hair, leaving it frizzy in the morning (hence the term “bedhead”!). Plus, cotton fibers are very absorbent, which means they pull the moisture right out of your hair, leaving it brittle and prone to breakage. When you have receding hair, losing more hair through breakage is the last thing you want!

A bamboo pillowcase, on the other hand, has a smoother surface with less absorbency, which means you wake up with smoother, more moisturized hair.

6. Seek Out Help from a Doctor

Seek Out Help from a Doctor

Genetic forms of hair loss like androgenic alopecia can be slowed down with the help of receding hairline treatments, but they don’t have a cure. So if you have receding hair, you might eventually want to seek out medical treatments like medication, hair transplants, or platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP). However, these medical receding hairline treatments are expensive and sometimes invasive.

7. Visit Your Barber

Visit Your Barber

Many men with receding hair try to grow their hair longer or part it differently to cover their mature hairline. But actually, one of the easiest ways to disguise a receding hairline is to visit an experienced barber and get your hair cut shorter.

In general, short haircuts work better for thinning hair or a mature hairline. Longer hair weighs more, which means that it has less volume at the roots. Short hair, on the other hand, is more lightweight, which means it’s easier to create more volume up top with the use of styling products. This volume makes hair look thicker and fuller, and de-emphasizes the appearance of a receding hairline.

Ready to try a better hairstyle for receding hair? These are of our top picks:

  • Buzz Cut - This haircut is super short all over, which makes a receding hairline less noticeable.
  • Crew Cut - This haircut is slightly longer on top than a buzz cut, but still an excellent camouflage for a mature hairline.
  • Faux Hawk - This tried-and-true receding hairline style works by drawing attention to the top of the head and away from a mature hairline.
  • Slicked Back - If have receding hair but still prefer the look of longer hair, try slicked back hair, otherwise known as the “Bro Flow”.
  • Close Shave - If you’re tired of messing with your receding hairline, go with a close shave! It’s low maintenance and definitely conveys confidence.

Curious about how to style these looks? Read more about how to use hair wax here.

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What is the Outlook for a Receding Hairline?

The outlook for receding hair depends on its causes. Androgenic alopecia is progressive and has no cure. So, eventually, the hairline will continue to recede into the classic horseshoe-shaped mature hairline of male pattern baldness. However, following some receding hairline treatments can definitely help delay the inevitable, perhaps indefinitely. But the only way to know the cause of your receding hair for sure is to ask a doctor.

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Best Receding Hairline Products

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Can Women Have Receding Hairlines?

Women with hair loss may also experience a receding hairline. However, thinning hair in women tends to be more diffuse rather than just concentrated in one spot. Thus, women are more likely to notice symptoms of hair loss like a widening part or a smaller ponytail rather than a receding hairline. However, women will also benefit from following the same receding hair treatment tips!

While a receding hairline might feel like the end of the world, it’s actually possible to slow receding hair by incorporating these receding hairline treatments into your daily routine.

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