How to Identify and Treat a Receding Hairline

A receding hairline can be a disheartening sight for anyone. It’s one of the first noticeable signs of hair loss for many and is generally a sign of aging. While it most often occurs for men who are getting on in years, young men can also be affected, as can some women.

Hair loss such as a receding hairline can affect a person’s self-esteem. Many people try to find ways to slow or reverse the hair loss associated with a receding hairline. Over the years, this has led to a huge market of “cures” with varying levels of effectiveness at encouraging hair growth, from worthless “snake oil” products to advanced hair restoration surgery. It is estimated that more than $900 million is spent on hair regrowth efforts each year.

If you have a receding hairline, you may be looking for ways to slow, halt, or even reverse its progress. But can such a thing be done?

Here, we’ll take a closer look at what causes a receding hairline in men, how you can tell if you have one, and what your options are to fight against it and other forms of hair loss.

 

What Is a Receding Hairline?

A receding hairline is where hair loss occurs at the front of the scalp. The hair gradually stops growing, creating bald patches that slowly get larger over time. A V-shaped area of hair may remain in the middle of the front of the scalp, but this can also recede over time. Usually, the first signs of a receding hairline can be seen at the temples at the top of the forehead, then it works its way back until the hair has thinned enough to form a bald spot on the top of the scalp. Total baldness can eventually occur, with a little hair remaining at the back of the head and over the ears.

 

When Does a Receding Hairline Start?

A receding hairline in men usually begins to appear in their mid-20s and gets more pronounced with age, with noticeable baldness setting in by their mid-50s.

 

What Causes a Receding Hairline?

It’s normal for everyone to experience a bit of regular hair loss; the average person loses 100 hairs from their scalp every day. Those hairs soon grow back, however, as part of a normal hair growth cycle.

In some cases, losing more than 100 strands a day can indicate a medical condition or happen as a result of aging. Male pattern baldness is one of the leading causes of a receding hairline and is also the most common form of hair loss for men. The condition affects the male hairline and is not a disease but instead considered a normal variation among people. Male pattern baldness causes hairs on the scalp to become finer, shorter and lighter, and then eventually the follicles stop producing hair, although they remain alive and could, theoretically, grow hair again someday.

Genetics play the largest role in whether you will develop a receding hairline, but changes in male sex hormones can also have an effect on hair growth — particularly Dihydrotestosterone (DHT).

DHT is an androgen (male sex hormone). Androgens help give a person male characteristics, such as a deeper voice, more body hair, and more muscle mass. Bodily processes using enzymes like 5-alpha-reductase (5-AR) convert testosterone into DHT, which is more powerful than testosterone and plays a large role in hair production. The higher a person’s 5-AR levels, the more testosterone that can be converted into DHT.

DHT helps hair to grow over most of the body but also can keep hair from growing well on the head. It is believed that DHT causes hair follicles to shrink over time, leading to male pattern hair loss and that blocking DHT may be able to reverse this effect. One way to counteract the effects of DHT is to lower a person’s 5-AR levels, so less DHT will be created from the testosterone already present in the body.

 

How To Hide a Receding Hairline

While there are different forms of receding hairline treatments to reverse the effects of hair loss, there are also some simple, temporary ways to disguise the signs of a receding hairline.

 

  • Style your hair differently. Some cuts tend to advertise, rather than disguise, a receding hairline. Many men try to avoid this by letting their hair grow longer than usual in certain areas so they can comb it over the thinner parts or comb it forward to hide exposed temples. However, these styles can backfire. The long hair can look out of place with the rest of your hair, and a gust of wind can undo even the most careful combover.
  • Apply tinted powder around the hairline. This look isn’t very subtle if you do too much, but adding a little bit of colored powder around the roots at your hairline can make your hair appear darker and fuller.
  • Use hair products that make hair appear thicker. From shampoos to styling gels, look for products that claim to boost volume.
  • Hairpieces and wigs. A quality, tasteful hairpiece such as a toupée can create the appearance of a full head of hair. The downside here is that unless you get a really nice hairpiece that suits you well, it can be obvious to others that it’s not really your hair.

 

Receding Hairline Treatment Options

Unfortunately, there’s no simple, permanent solution when it comes to counteracting a receding hairline. We’ve already shown a few ways you can disguise your hair loss, but if you want a more long-term solution, here are some medical and alternative treatment options:

 

  • Surgical hair transplantation. A hair transplant treatment can move hair follicles from one part of the scalp to another to fill in areas of baldness. During the treatment, a medical professional removes hair follicles from the sides or back of the scalp — the areas less likely to be affected by hair loss — and relocates them into tiny incisions made along the hairline or wherever there is baldness. The treatment is much more refined today than when it was introduced decades ago; between one and five follicles are removed and transplanted at a time, instead of large patches of hair known as hair plugs, so the results appear much more natural. While a hair transplant can be effective at hiding baldness and can be undetectable to other people, the medical procedure takes several hours and costs several thousands of dollars. What’s more, you’re likely to need multiple procedures to continue restoring hair to areas on the scalp as the baldness progresses.
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP). This medical treatment involves receiving injections of your own body’s plasma to attempt to stimulate hair growth to counteract baldness. The idea is that the growth factors in plasma, which are white blood cells and platelets, will signal the hair follicles to produce more hair. PRP is an expensive form of treatment (from $500 per session and up) that’s not guaranteed to provide results.
  • Medication. As mentioned above, the presence of DHT can lead to a receding hairline and other hair loss in men. Some medications work to fight back against DHT. Finasteride works to block 5-AR from converting testosterone into DHT. Other medications, such as Minoxidil, are designed to increase hair growth by providing hair follicles with more nutrients and oxygen.
  • Lasers. A relatively new hair loss treatment option, specially designed lasers deliver light energy to your hair follicles to promote hair growth. It’s unclear how effective they are at fighting against hair loss.
  • Hair health supplements. You can also try supporting your body’s capacity to grow hair from within by taking a hair health supplement, which provides nutrients that can support healthy hair growth.

 

For a variety of reasons, many men and some women develop a receding hairline, sometimes as early as in their 20s. Because genetics is the leading reason behind a receding hairline, treatment options are limited — but they still exist. From medical treatments such as hair transplants to natural hair health supplements, you have options when it comes to reclaiming your hairline. Be sure to research the different alternatives and check with a medical professional before beginning any kind of treatment program to fight against hair loss.

If you want to learn more about receding hairlines, tune into Nutrafol’s new podcast What’s Your Hair Story? where our founders Giorgos Tsetis and Roland Peralta will be breaking down the topic on our iHeartRadio podcast on June 9.

Hair Transplant: Cost, Recovery, and Results

Whether someone has thinning hair or even male pattern baldness, hair transplants offer a way for people experiencing hair loss — and even those who aren’t — to move hair follicles to desired areas on the scalp to increase the thickness of their hair. In fact, thanks to improved techniques, hair restoration through a hair transplant can now give a more natural-looking result than ever before. Both men and women can be candidates for hair transplants.

However, don’t let the hair transplant before and after photos, you see online fool you. A hair transplant isn’t a miracle procedure that magically thickens your hair without any drawbacks. From the average hair transplant cost to the procedure itself, as well as hair transplant results, here are some reasons to pause and take some time to evaluate if this option is right for you.

 

What is a hair transplant?

A hair transplant is a hair restoration procedure that involves moving hair follicles from one part of the scalp to another to achieve thicker hair in areas where hair loss has caused thinning or balding. Specialized doctors perform hair transplants, usually with the patient under local anesthesia.

Hair transplants don’t involve a separate donor for the hair follicles used during the procedure; each patient is his or her own donor. This is because another person’s hair follicles and tissue would most likely be rejected by a patient’s body and the hair transplant would fail. The areas where the hair is taken from are known as donor sites, and they usually include the sides and back of the head because hair loss is less likely to occur in those areas, leaving the hair to spare.

There are two main types of hair transplants: FUT (follicular unit transplantation) and FUE (follicular unit extraction). To perform a FUT hair transplant, a surgeon extracts hair follicles and surrounding tissue, together known as grafts or follicular units, from a donor site and then transplants the grafts to areas of the scalp that are balding. The grafts are inserted into small slits in the scalp. When the scalp heals, the follicular units are able to continue growing hair in their new location. With an FUE hair transplant, each hair follicle is extracted by itself, making the sites for both extraction and implantation smaller and less conspicuous and less likely to reveal scars even if the hair is cut to a very short length.

Recovery time is a few days for either procedure, but it can take a little longer for FUT procedures because the area where tissue is removed is larger and may require stitches.

 

Do hair transplants really work?

Hair transplants can be effective to repair areas where hair loss has taken a toll, but the procedure does have drawbacks that aren’t always apparent in the hair transplant before and after photos, you may see. Making the hair appear natural in its new location can be difficult, and the results might not be up to the standard a patient hopes for. Additionally, many people experiencing hair loss do so on an ongoing basis, so even if a transplant is performed to restore hair to an area where the hair is thinning or gone, the hair loss may progress to other parts of the scalp and require additional procedures to maintain the desired effect.

How much does a hair transplant cost?

How much is a hair transplant? Because each individual’s hair restoration needs can vary so widely, it’s hard to pin down an exact dollar amount for a hair transplant cost. Some estimates put the cost at between $4,000 and $15,000, depending on how extensive the procedure will be, where you live, who your surgeon is, whether you need to travel to receive the transplant and what type of hair transplant you choose to have. Keep in mind that more than one procedure may be necessary to achieve the desired hair transplantation results.

The best way to determine what your hair transplant cost will be is to reach out to offices offering the procedure to get an estimate. Many places offer free consultations that include cost estimates.

 

What alternatives are there to getting a hair transplant?

Instead of going for a hair transplant procedure to fight the effects of hair loss, you can look for other ways to support healthy hair growth and increase the thickness of your hair without surgery. There are many alternatives to prevent hair thinning early on. Hair-thickening styling products are one way to enhance your hair’s appearance, but you can also try taking a hair health supplement.

Nutrafol’s Adopted Rescue Dog: Goose

Giving back can help you grow, which is exactly what happened when our office began fostering Gustav, aka Goose. Nutrafol originally took in Goose, a four-month-old pit bull mix, from a New York City shelter to collectively care for him until he got adopted. But when his adoption fell through at the last minute, our Creative Director was compelled to give him a forever home.

 

“Goose is a classic case of foster fail,” Ariana explains. “I just couldn’t let him go—even though I already have another dog. Simple as it may sound, I never thought I’d be a doggie-mama to two wonderful pups. But here we are!”

 

Part of the reason Ariana felt ready to handle the commitment and responsibility was because she had the support of the entire Nutrafol company, especially CEO Giorgos Tsetis, behind her. In addition to the Nutrafol team pitching in to care for Goose and walk him throughout the workday, Giorgos and the company cover all of his food and medical expenses.

 

“With the support of our amazing office and CEO, I was able to take this beautiful boy into my home and give him the family he deserves,” Ariana shares. “Experiencing this firsthand made me realize how capable I am of grabbing the reins and carving my own unpredictable life path.”

 

With a strong support network, you can take on anything. That’s why we have our own naturopathic doctors in-house and offer unlimited consultations to Nutrafol for our subscribers. We are totally committed to your success. If you’re ready to jumpstart your own journey toward thicker, stronger hair, learn more now.

 

Keratin Treatment: What You Need to Know

If you’ve ever admired Meghan Markle’s sleek, glossy hair, you may want to consider a keratin treatment. The Duchess of Sussex has gotten keratin smoothing treatments in the past to straighten her naturally curly hair. We caught up with Edward Tricomi, master stylist and co-owner of Warren Tricomi salon, and Pancho Soekoro, a keratin expert, to learn all about the treatment.

 

What Is a Keratin Treatment?

Keratin is actually a protein naturally found in your hair that gives it structure. The treatment involves infusing keratin and other ingredients into your strands with heat to create a silky smooth effect. “It’s an anti-frizz treatment that helps reduce frizz people may experience, and it makes blow drying the hair a lot easier,” master stylist Tricomi says. Something that decreases the amount of time we spend with our hairdryer? Sign us up!

So who is a keratin treatment good for? “This treatment is usually recommended for people who tend to have frizzier hair,” he continues. “It keeps it very tamed, reduces so much frizz and keeps it beautifully straight rather than puffy.” Good news: The treatment even works if you’ve colored your hair.

 

How Does the Process Work?

First, the salon will wash your hair to remove any lingering product residue and ensure the keratin is as effective as possible. Unlike most treatments, the product dries into your hair and doesn’t get washed out. “When I’m doing a keratin treatment, instead of blowing out the hair with a round brush, I use a diffuser,” Soekoro explains. “I do this because the round brush ends up scraping a lot of the keratin treatment out of the hair. If you diffuse the hair you end up drying the hair faster and keep all the product in the hair.” Your stylist may also use a flat iron or straightener to press the product into your strands and seal it. The process typically takes at least an hour in the salon.

 

What Happens After a Keratin Treatment?

Be sure to handle your hair with care after a keratin treatment: avoid getting it wet or heat styling for 48 hours. “After one of my clients gets this treatment, I tell them to treat their hair as a new pair of perfect blue jeans,” Soekoro says. “You wouldn’t get the perfect jeans and throw them into really hot water or be extremely rough with them. I tell them to turn the temperature down in the shower and be sure to use sulfate-free shampoos! Using soft products on your hair will keep the treatment lasting longer. I also suggest staying away from saltwater pools and beaches because it does strip the product from the hair.”

 

How Long Does a Keratin Treatment Last?

It all depends on your lifestyle, but ideally, results can last up to a few months. “Some people wash their hair more than others. Again, I recommend sulfate-free shampoos because they are gentler on the hair,” Soekoro shares. “It also depends on the products you’re using. With the right regime, results can last about three months.”

 

How Is a Keratin treatment Different From a Brazilian Blowout?

While most keratin treatments are water-based, Brazilian blowouts are acid-based and not recommended for colored hair. “I usually only recommend a Brazilian blowout if someone has very curly hair and has not dyed it; then it works very well,” Soekoro explains. “If you have dyed your hair and it’s not that curly, what happens is it may ruin the color by lifting it a shade as well as making the hair dryer.”

 

Can a Keratin Smoothing Treatment Damage Your Hair?

Some people wonder if a keratin treatment is safe because most formulas contain formaldehyde, but the stylists assure us that it’s safe as long as it’s done correctly. “The only real risks are for the stylist,” Soekoro says. “You need to have the proper machinery when dealing with keratin treatments because of the formaldehyde. You must be in a well-ventilated room because when the treatment is exposed to heat it turns into toxic gases. At the Flatiron studio, I use fume extraction machines to remove all the smoke from the area.”

 

How Many Keratin Treatments Should I Get a Year?

Most stylists recommend getting keratin hair treatments no more than three times per year. “As long as it’s done correctly, you can get it three times a year,” Soekoro says. The cost of a keratin treatment can depend on the length of your hair and what salon you go to, but the average price is between $250 and $450.

With the humid summer weather coming, investing in a keratin treatment could be worth it. Do you plan to try one?