Receding hairlines can be troublesome for men who once had a full head of hair, but receding hairlines are quite common in men of all ages, so if you have one, know that you’re not the only one. If you have a receding hairline and you’ve chosen not to get any surgical fixtures or creams to remedy the problem, you can still minimize the appearance of your receding hairline quite easily. The following are some great tips for doing so.
What Are Receding Hairlines and Why Do They Occur?
First, let’s start by explaining what receding hairlines are. Many men have certain hereditary tendencies that make them more susceptible to receding hairlines. Women can also have receding hairlines, but most of the time, it’s a male problem. This means that, for example, if you are a man and your father or grandfather had a receding hairline, you might as well.But there are other reasons for receding hairlines as well.
- Stressing your hair out can cause a receding hairline and thinning hair at the top of the head. For example, if you use harsh chemicals in your hair styling products or lots of heat tools, this could cause serious damage and lead to a receding hairline.
- Finally, some people will develop a severe widow’s peak as they age. This makes it look like they have a receding hairline. Now, let’s look at how you can cover these pesky receding hairlines up for yourself.
1. Get Yourself a Short Haircut or Shave Your Head
Receding hairlines are most noticeable on people who have long hair. But if you cut your hair very short, the hairlines seems more normal and simply blends in with your forehead. You can also go entirely or almost entirely bald by shaving your head. Both of these options can be useful for minimizing the look of your receding hairline.
2. Change Products or Limit Use of Products
There are two reasons why changing the hair products that you use or limiting their use may be be beneficial for hiding and covering up your receding hairline.
- First of all, hair care products—when used in excess in styling—can cause sections of the hair to separate into chunks, and this will make the hair look even thinner than it actually is. Try to avoid using these sticky hair styling products, and just leave your hair natural to increase the volume.
- Next, hair products can be quite damaging to the hair. For example, there are some hairsprays, serums, creams, mousses, shampoos and conditioners that contain parabens and other toxic chemicals. These can negatively influence your hair and cause it too thin and fall out. It’s wise to try switching to natural hair care products to see if that is what is causing the thinning.
3. Try Growing Out Hair
If you have a receding hairline but you have a head of hair that is usually full other than that, growing out your hair can be an advantage. It can help to cover up the thinning and balding spots in the front. For example, if you have two receding bays on either side of your forehead, you can grow the hair long and part in the middle. The long hair will go right over top of these balding, thinning areas to cover them. This is a great idea.
4. Grow Facial Hair
You can try to direct the eye to another part of the face as well by growing out facial hair with a beard, mustache or both. Growing out facial hair can change your look, and it can also help to draw the eye down when people look at you. That way, they may not notice your receding hairline quite as much. In addition, more hair on the face gives the overall allusion that you are a person with a lot of hair—even if you do have a receding hairline.
5. Invest in Hats as an Option
Lastly, hats can go a long way in covering up a receding hairline, plus, hats can be super stylish. You can find fun formal hairs for nice occasions, or you can get casual hats for less formal affairs.
Baseball hats are nice to wear on an every day basis when you’re just running errands, or if you live in the South, you can even try a cowboy hat. For formal occasions, men have been wearing bowler hats and fedoras for a long time. These hats look super stylish and debonair.
Other Options for Receding Hairlines
Some receding hairlines can be stopped with some products or small out-patient surgeries. You can talk to your dermatologist about this if you wish.
- Rogaine is an over the counter product that you can get at your local drugstore or online. You apply Rogaine twice per day to help regrow hair that you have lost on your hairline. Remember, you must use Rogaine all of the time if you want your lost or thinning hair to grow back. When you stop using this product, the hair will go away again.
- You might also be able to get hair plugs or skin grafting surgeries if you find a reputable surgeon. Hair plugs are when the surgeon takes hair follicles from other parts of your head where hair is growing great and relocates them to the receding hairline area. Skin grafting actually takes pieces of skin from hair covered parts of your head and puts them near the receding hairline area. Both of these types of surgeries are quite safe and effective, but they can be rather expensive, so it’s important to plan ahead and make sure these are viable options before proceeding.
We have covered a great deal in this article. There are many suggestions and tactics that you can take to make it look like you don’t have a receding hairline. Try several of these tactics to see which one works best for you. You can even try several of them and make your hair look even better!
Read on to learn more about how to face hair loss.