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Signs of a Receding Hairline – Can You Have Them and Not Go Bald?

For many people, a receding hairline feels like something to be afraid of. But watching your hairline recede a little is a natural part of ageing:

Around 95% of men – and some women – will start to notice their hairline edging up their head a little as early as in their late teenage years or early twenties.

But the big question is this:

Can you have a receding hairline and not go bald?

If it’s something you personally fear, don’t worry. A maturing hairline is natural and does not necessarily mean male pattern baldness has struck you.

Here are the details:

Receding hairline signs

Signs that your hairline is becoming more mature include it being up around your temples and slightly less well defined than when you were a juvenile.

If you’ve noticed this and started to worry, there’s probably no need. Almost all men – and some women, do experience this as they get older.

You’re not definitely going bald if you have a receding hairline.

Male pattern baldness signs

Male pattern baldness, on the other hand, affects around 70% of men and 40% of women. It causes your hair growth cycle to weaken and the hair follicles themselves to become smaller. Over time, hair grows back shorter and finer until it’s not there at all.

The major cause is your genetic inheritance. If you have close male relatives who are bald, you are at higher risk of going bald yourself. But there are no guarantees either way.

Signs of male pattern baldness include:

  • More hairline movement – receding hair which is changing naturally to become a mature hairline may move around 1cm upwards. With male pattern baldness, this tends to be much more.
  • Pronounced thinning – a maturing hairline might be less straight than your hair when you were younger, but it might not be noticeably thinner. With male pattern baldness, you will almost certainly be able to see a more pronounced V-shape to your hair and thinning on the crown.

How to prevent a receding hairline

If you want to prevent a receding hairline from developing any further, there are certain things you can do:

  1. Eat healthy – make sure you get plenty of protein, iron and vitamins.
  2. Stop smoking – smoking can lead to hair loss. Quit!
  3. Reduce your stress levels – get some decent exercise, take up meditation… whatever works for you.
  4. Check any medication – if you are taking medication, check with your doctor to be sure hair loss isn’t a predicted side-effect.
  5. Get scalp massages – regular massages can help stimulate hair production.

Can you have a receding hairline and not go bald?

Yes. You can certainly have a receding hairline and not go bald. There are even several simple lifestyle changes which are recommended as a treatment for a receding hairline as we’ve seen above.

Male pattern baldness, though, is generally an inherited condition which you can’t really reverse. Though there are some medications and excellent hair replacement systems out there.

But as most barbers and hair experts will tell you, there are plenty of ways to make your baldness work for you. Frankie Cochrane of London salon and Cochrane & Co – which specialises in hair replacement – says that there are loads of great examples out there of people who’ve made their baldness part of their look with complete success:

Just think of celebrities like Jason Statham or Bruce Willis. Being bald isn’t the end of the world. You’ve got plenty of options.

Plus, just because you’ve got a receding hairline doesn’t mean you’re going bald anyway.

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