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.