man worried about his receding hairline

Can I Make A Receding Hairline Grow Back?

There are many men who suffer from a receding hairline. The process can commence after puberty, most typically seen at the temples. Once it starts the hairline continually moves back and when men are in their late 30s they can be seen to have a fully receded hairline.

As the scalp produces different types of hair, the deterioration of these follicles are also different. While with the crown of the head the hair reacts well to treatment, the hairline can prove to be more difficult to grow new hair. Here we will discuss the causes along with solutions to the issue of a receding hairline.


  1. How Do I Know If My Hairline is Receding?
  2. Receding Hairlines Among Women
  3. How to Style a Receding Hairline?
  4. What Are The Treatment Options For a Receding Hairline
  5. How Does Elithair Tackle Receding Hairlines?

How Do I Know If My Hairline is Receding?

Picture of Dr. Balwi inspecting a patient with a receding hairline

During the growth cycle of hair, your follicles will naturally fall out and be replaced with new hairs. On average, your scalp has about 100,000 hairs growing beneath the surface of the skin. When the cycle is disturbed there may be a reason for this that will contribute to a receding hairline.

Your family history plays an important role in determining if you have or will have a receding hairline. If you are predisposed to pattern baldness genetically then it is likely you will lose your hair. Often the time frame of hair loss can be similar from parent to child.

Another factor to consider is hormonal changes. The scalp is affected in different ways by hormones like dihydrotestosterone (DHT). You may have come across this in your research as it is the main hormone that contributes to hair loss. This is due to it causing the hair follicles to become smaller.


It is not only important to understand if you have a receding hairline but also what kind of hair loss is causing this in order to treat it effectively. 

If you visit your doctor for medical advice they will inquire about your personal and family history in order to assess your genetic history. Then they may do a “pull test” whereby they will see how many strands of hair will fall out when gentle force is applied. 

In other cases a biopsy of the scalp tissue may be necessary to see if there is a scalp infection which is causing the receding hairline. Additionally a blood test may be performed to see if there is another cause for the hair loss such as if your thyroid is underperforming.


If you already know you have a receding hairline it’s important to see if there are elements of your lifestyle which may be speeding up the receding of your hairline. There are several environmental factors which may be accelerating your hair loss including stress, anxiety, smoking or an unhealthy diet.

Receding Hairlines Among Women

While men are known to be more likely to experience a receding hairline and women to suffer from thinning hair, it is still possible for women to have a receding hairline


As women get older their hormone levels change, particularly during menopause. This can lead to thinning of the hair along with a receding hairline.

Thinning Hair

When it comes to androgenetic alopecia or female pattern baldness, women experience hair loss differently to men. While men may lose their hair from the top of the scalp, women are more likely to see their parting on the crown widen as the hair begins to thin out.


There are some forms of hair loss amongst women which can result in a receding hairline. These include frontal fibrosing alopecia, which affects hair on the top of the head along with the hairline, and traction alopecia, generally caused by wearing tight hairstyles.

How to Style a Receding Hairline?


Once you know you have a receding hairline you may want to consult with your barber and get advice on ways that it can be styled to appear less noticeable. While you cannot completely hide a receding hairline there are ways to make it not seem obvious. 

Instead of slicking the hair back, you should try a fringe or getting an undercut which can help your hair to appear thicker.


It’s not only important to have the right haircut but you should also pay attention to the type of products you’re using. If you use gels or waxes to style your hair it can appear too thin. Therefore it’s recommended to go with dry styling products to give your hair a fuller appearance.

Treatment Options for a Receding Hairline


When thinking about your diet look for foods that are high in antioxidants which can help your hair to appear thicker. These foods, such as blueberries and spinach, contain ingredients which help in combating oxidative stress and keep your hair from ageing as quickly.


There are also medications which can help with preventing hair loss. A prescription pill called Finasteride (Propecia) is used to block the 5-alpha-reductase enzyme which increases the levels of DHT in the body. While there may be effective results they will revert once you stop taking the medication and there can be side effects such as a loss of sex drive.

You can also try Minoxidil which can be obtained over the counter. The topical solution is most effective at stimulating hair growth on the crown of the head but can be effective if the cause of your receding hairline is androgenic alopecia also known as male pattern baldness.

Medical Procedure

In many cases it may not be possible to completely reverse hair loss without surgical intervention. Receiving a hair transplant using healthy hair follicles from the back of the head allows for expert precision in creating your ideal hairline.

How Does Elithair Tackle Receding Hairlines?

At Elithair we have specialists on hand to advise you on the best course of action for your unique hair loss situation. Using the Elit Skala Scale we can help you to determine what type of hair loss you have and what the perfect treatment is.

In cases of a receding hairline we have seen great success using the DHI technique due to its impeccable accuracy and provision of a natural direction of hair growth. Of course, our experts will assess your individual hair loss case and will determine the best treatment plan for you.

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