Losing sleep over losing your hair? There are ways to understand and measure your hair loss and potentially slow down baldness. And there are ways to identify the type of hair loss you are experiencing and promote the appearance of thicker, fuller hair. Learn what the receding hairline stages are, and enjoy the hair you have.
How to Recognize a Receding Hairline
How do you recognize that your hairline has begun receding before you are totally bald? Can anything be done to slow down baldness?
Fortunately, there are things you can do to slow down the rate at which your hair is thinning. Remember that thinning of hair is normal in cycles for males and for women as they age. This is linked to hormone changes. On average, you shed 50-100 hairs a day. Start paying attention to how much shedding you are experiencing. And take note if you don’t notice hair regrowth happening naturally.1
What’s a Mature Hairline?
A mature hairline is the first of the receding hairline stages. A mature hairline does not necessarily lead to total baldness. It begins with hair thinning at the temples, and makes your forehead appear larger or longer. This can happen in both men and women and is sometimes called a hairline recession.2
What is Pattern Hair Loss?
What’s the next stage of hair loss after a mature hairline? Pattern hair loss is more noticeable and often does lead to full baldness. You might notice thinning crown hair in men, as well as changes along the forehead. During this stage of hair loss in women, your hair is thinning everywhere, not just hair thinning at your crown.
For both men and women, pattern hair loss is caused by changes in hormones. This is called telogen effluvium. But, it can also be triggered by stress or poor diet.3
What is Telogen Effluvium?
Telogen effluvium occurs when your hair growth slows down. It’s different from female or male pattern loss. You may notice you may be losing your hair faster than normal. The hairs that fall out are called telogen hairs, and are in the resting phase of growth.
Hair loss that is distributed all over your head is called diffuse thinning. This type of hair loss will sometimes will occur 3 to 4 months after that change.
The good news is… this type of hair loss is the most likely to stop. Reports show that you can regrow your hair after about 6 months.4
Total Baldness – What Happened?
The most defined stage of hair loss is baldness. This is generally seen only in males. Regardless of a man’s hair loss stage, you will almost always maintain your facial hair.
Balding men will have experienced many years of decreasing hair growth. But some men experience signs of hair loss rapidly.5
Treatment Options for Receding Hairlines, Hair Loss, and Baldness
Baldness is often seen as something you can’t prevent. But there are ways to help hair growth depending on your type of hair loss. As always, talk to your dermatologist to decide which treatment is best for your hair loss.
Getting a clean shave can seem like the best way to take on baldness – at first. Instead of opting for the popular men’s hairstyle of a shaved head, try one of these options instead.
Effective when applied to the scalp, topical treatments are a great tool of defense against baldness. They can help restore hair growth, too. This is likely to be the least invasive treatment. And even if your hair does not regrow, topical treatments can help you achieve the appearance of fuller hair by slowing down hair shedding.6
A New Haircut
There are certain haircuts for receding hairlines that are effective to hide thinning hair… for men and women. Talk to your barber or stylist about a hairstyle that will help conceal the changes in your hair.
Hair Restoration Surgery
Hair restoration surgeries are an option to reverse pattern baldness. But they’re often expensive and painful. These surgeries often involve removing follicles from the base of the hairline. Then, your doctor will transplant them to the bald areas.
Stem Cell Therapy
New studies suggest stem cell therapies are effective for baldness. They’re effective for hair loss too. While still new, this is a promising development in research about hair loss.7
Receding Hairline Empowerment
Regardless of your age, both men and women experience receding hairlines. You can slow this process down by paying attention to the signs and identify what stage of hair loss or regrowth you are in.
Receding hairlines aren’t just a men’s health issue. But you can deal with hair thinning in a few ways.
Whether you decide to undergo expensive surgery, try a topical treatment, or simply get a new haircut, you do have a great deal of control over how your hair looks.
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