If there is anything a man hates more about aging than a beer gut, grey hair and that noise you begin to make when you stand-up, it’s a receding hairline. Receding hair in men is not attractive by any stretch of the imagination. There are people who will find you attractive if you are bald. There are people who will happily ignore bald spots, thinning hair and damaged hair, as well as grey hair. But when it comes to a receding hairline, no one finds it attractive.
To make matters worse, receding hair in men is very common. It’s something that most men will experience at one point in their lives. Most of the time it happens when they are older, but for many men it happens at a young age and it’s hard to take.
It’s not all bad though. There are things you can to to limit the damage done by a receding hairline. The trick is to make sure that you start early enough. When you do that then you can avoid this issue setting in at a later date and branding you as an unattractive, hairless monster.
Receding Hair in Men: What is it?
A receding hairline is where the front of the hairline recedes, often creating an “M” shape. This begins with a simple recession. Before long, the M shape forms and if nothing is done to stop it then all of the hair on top of the head will begin to thin or fall out. At this point, a comb-over is often applied, which is another way of saying, “I give up”, as well as, “I don’t own a mirror” (find some better styles in our Hairstyles for Balding Men article).
This issue can be caused by a number of factors. Bald spots and other hair loss is often caused by alopecia, but with receding hair in men the main culprit is genetics. Simply put, if your father suffered from the condition early on, then there is a good chance you’ll start to see the same issue develop at an equally young age.
Hormones also play a role, as does stress, diet and a number of environmental factors. In some cases, there is very little you can do to stop it completely, but you can slow it down. In most cases, there is something you can do to stop it and there may even be something you can do to reverse it.
Receding Hair in Men: How to Stop it
So, let’s imagine that you are worried about a receding hairline. What can you do to stop it? If you get in early enough, when the signs first begin to show or even before they start to show, then there is a lot you can do. If not, and if it has already started to recede, there is still something that can be done to slow the process down, including:
A vitamin deficiency can cause hair loss. Not only that, but an excess of fat, processed foods and everything else that is bad for you can lead to receding hair in men. It sounds crazy, but it’s true. There are dozens of vitamins and minerals that are involved in the hair growth process, and there are also many substances that can inhibit it.
As an example, Biotin and other B Vitamins are used by your body to trigger the hair growth process. Things like amino acids are essentially the building blocks of your cells, including your hair, while a lack of zinc can cause your hair to fall out. All of this goes someway to explaining how important vitamins and minerals are and how imperative it is to have a healthy diet if you want to have a healthy hairline.
Water is also important. Hydration can work wonders for your scalp and your hair. It can limit dandruff, it can stop your hair from splitting and breaking.
So, drink plenty of water, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, and make sure you avoid all of the things you know you shouldn’t be eating and drinking. That applies to cigarettes and alcohol as well, as these are toxic for your body and your hair.
One of the causes of receding hair in men that may surprise you is your hairstyle. If you wear a tight weave, a tight ponytail or any other tight hairstyle then you are pulling your hair away from the hairline and damaging the follicles. The longer it stays in this position the more damage you are doing.
The same goes for wearing a cap all of the time, especially if that cap is tight around your head. You are pressing it tight to your skin, you’re keeping the air away from your hair and you’re letting all of that sweat build-up.
You’d be much better off just shaving your hair completely than putting your hair in a ponytail. Because while you wouldn’t have any hair to speak of for a short while, it would grow back, while the ponytail would damage the hair follicles, putting the under constantly stress and messing with the hair growth rate cycle.
Stress is also a major cause of receding hair in men. Stress can mess with your hormones, which in turn can damage your hair and your hair line. The angrier you are, the more stressed you are and the less rest you get, the more damage you are going to do.
Of course, it’s not easy to live a stress-free life, especially if you’re the sort of person who gets wound up easily. But there are things you can do to help. Try exercising. Try yoga. Meditate. Create more time for play and spend less time working. A little less stress can go a very long way.
In fact, not only can it help with your hairline, but it may even prolong your life.
A lot of the damage we do to our hair is done almost intentionally via the use of hair dyes and other toxic products. We acknowledge that they are not healthy, but for the sake of beauty and vanity, we ignore them and just hope for the best.
If you want to avoid receding hair in men then you need to try and keep harmful chemicals, including bleach and dyes, away from your hair. There is no need to worry about synthetic shampoos and conditioners, as for the most part these are okay. Just avoid the really harmful stuff.
Receding Hair in Men: How to Cure It
Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do to cure a receding hair line. The follicles have basically stopped growing hair, and because it’s not the result of alopecia and other common conditions, it’s often very difficult to turn it around.
Don’t give up just yet though as there can be some solutions that can help you to grow hair where there was none before.
The first thing you should do is try either Minoxidil or Finasteride. Do not take them both together. Just choose one, try it, and if it doesn’t quite hit the mark then try the other one. With Finasteride you will benefit more if you are older and as a young man it’s not really a medication you should be taking or one that you will be prescribed.
Minoxidil is a different story though. This can be used by many people and it is actually prescribed to help with hair growth. Just make sure that you give it plenty of time to work (up to 6 months) and that you follow the instructions to the letter. The reason this treatment fails, more often than not, is because the instructions are ignored.
We have discussed this radical treatment in our PRP Hair Loss guide. It involves drawing blood from you, processing this blood and then injecting it into your scalp. This has been shown to work and while it sounds a little barbaric, it’s actually very safe.
The problem is, it’s quite expensive and you need a professional to perform the treatment. The fact that it involves injections is off-putting for many, but if you can get over this then it’s a treatment that’s worth considering.
If you can commit to the PRP treatment but don’t think it’s going to be effective, then a hair transplant may be better suited. This is often a little more expensive, but it also worked every time, without fail. They will take hair from the back of your neck (your hair above this will flop down to cover the hair that has been removed) and they will implant this into your hairline.
This is a treatment that has been used by many celebs, as discussed in our Famous Bald Celebrities article. It’s not cheap, it’s not completely safe, it hurts a little and it takes a long time to recover. But all in all, it’s possibly the most effective way to treat receding hair in men.