A receding hairline is usually the first sign of male pattern baldness, but this doesn’t only occur in men. Although female pattern baldness tends to start with thinning in and around the parting area of the scalp, it is not uncommon for a woman to experience recession at the frontal hairline.
Most women experience hair thinning as they get older, and this is completely normal, but some women suffer from more aggressive thinning, which can lead to a patchy scalp, and even complete baldness. A receding hairline is usually the start of this process.
Here, we look into the symptoms, causes and treatments for receding hairlines in women.
Firstly, what is a receding hairline? Put, quite simply, a receding hairline begins with defuse thinning and recession at the temples. The hairline becomes thinner and the hair stops growing. Although more common in men, women can also be affected by recession at the temples, causing the appearance of an “M” shape hairline.
What causes a receding hairline in women?
There are many factors that can lead to female hair loss. These include things such as genetics, stress, pregnancy and certain health conditions. Seasonal hair loss is also another common hair loss type in women, but fortunately, most hair loss types are temporary.
A receding hairline is most commonly a result of androgenic alopecia (female pattern baldness). This is a permanent, genetic hair loss condition that progresses over time.
It is true that factors such as stress, pregnancy, and menopause can cause the hairline to recede, but this is not very common. Female hair loss usually occurs at the top of the scalp, with defuse thinning at the centre parting area of the scalp. Hairline recession is almost certainly caused by female pattern baldness.
Treatments for receding hairline in women
There is no cure for any type of hair loss in men or women, but thankfully, there are some select treatments that can help reduce thinning, and even promote healthy hair growth.
With the progression of science, preventive measures for hair loss can be easily implemented to stop or slow down the process. Some simple things such as avoiding tight hairstyles, limiting the amount of heat used on the hair (hairdryers and hair straighteners), or brushing the hair with a wide toothed comb to minimise strain, can all help you avoid unnecessary hair fall.
Topical medical treatments (minoxidil 2% solution) or non-medical topical treatments (keratinocyte growth factor serum), coupled with low light laser therapy (LLLP) are viable options that can help combat female hair loss, to a certain extent. As with all treatments, this is more suited to women in the early stages of hair loss. For more advanced cases, you may have to consider surgical procedures or even hair systems (wigs and hair pieces).
Micro needling (derma rolling) has also been shown to help stimulate hair growth. Many men and women use a derma roller on their hairline to help prevent recession, and regrow some lost hair.
Multivitamin extract hair supplements like HR23+® offer a safe and effective solution for hair loss prevention. They also support the function of healthy hair growth. HR23+® has been shown to work well for receding hairlines on both men and women, however, results do vary from person to person.
A receding hairline in women is a lot more common than many people may think. It is a normal process of what is usually early signs of female pattern baldness, and although this seems bad, it can be treated with a good hair care plan.
Be sure to speak to a doctor or a trichologist about your receding hairline. Proper diagnosis is key. The sooner you know what the cause is, the better position you will be in to treat the issue.