Can You Combat a Receding Hairline?

Written by the Manual Team · Medically approved by Dr Earim Chaudry - MD

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A receding hairline can feel like a cause for panic. But if you catch it early, there’s no reason why you can’t stop it in its tracks.

How to stop a receding hairline? There are plenty of options, in which two are most effective: Finasteride and Minoxidil. Both are scientifically proven to reduce the progress of – and even reverse – hair loss. Finasteride is generally taken daily as a pill, whilst Minoxidil is applied locally to the scalp and hairline. They can be taken safely together to give more effective results.

Two-thirds of men experience some degree of hair thinning by the age of thirty-five. But easy tiger, this doesn’t mean you’re doomed. Given so many men experience it, there’s been a lot of research into how to stop a receding hairline. And, luckily enough, all this research has given us some great treatments for hair loss – so, don’t despair just yet.

In this article, we’re going to show you how to stop a receding hairline – how to recognise male pattern baldness (MPB) before it is too late and the best treatments to combat it.


Is My Hairline Receding?

Hairline recession is the most common way that MPB first strikes. It usually makes itself shown above your temples, where the hairline on each side of your forehead will retreat. This gives you that recognisable V-shaped hairline at the front of your head. 

MPB can also occur at the crown and scalp, where you’ll see your hair thinning. Whilst this can happen earlier, it’s more common that you will notice hair loss first at the temples. Noticing it is important, because the best way to stop a receding hairline is recognising early when you have one.


Signs of a Receding Hairline

A receding hairline happens gradually – and the chances are that you will notice its progress. We know that this can be a little heart-breaking, but there are a number of signs of a receding hairline that you can look out for. And the earlier you spot it, the more effective the treatment can be.

The widow’s peak: A ‘widow’s peak’ is that V-shaped hairline that we mentioned above. It is often the temples that go first, and it’ll typically be your first sign of a receding hairline. 

Visible fallout: Watch out for the amount of hair you lose. When you’re combing or styling, you’ll inevitably lose some hair or leave it behind in the comb. But if this starts to appear more than usual, you might be witnessing the early signs of more substantial hair loss.

Thinning and a different feel: MBP doesn’t always start at the hairline. As we said, you may well notice that your hair is thinning around the crown area. And by now, you know how your hair responds to touch and styling. If it doesn’t behave in the way you’re used to, it might suggest that it is thinning.


Can You Combat a Receding Hairline?

Whilst there was once little hope to combat a receding hairline, these days there are a couple of ways that you can prevent further hair loss – and even see hair regrowth.  MBP is no longer irreversible. Thanks to research and accidental discoveries, there are options available to stop your hairline receding – and without using surgery. It’s a shame, honestly, that more men don’t know about them…

In combatting hair loss, remember that it’s the early bird that catches the worm. Studies have found that the younger you are when you start treatment, the better for the future of your fur. And the more hair you have before treatment, the more effective it will be too.


How to Stop a Receding Hairline

Minoxidil and Finasteride are the two most well-known and effective treatments to stop a receding hairline in men. Minoxidil, applied locally, promotes blood flow to the hairline to encourage healthy hair, whilst Finasteride tackles the enzyme that causes MPB. Used together, they battle the two bad guys of baldness. There are other ways to help support your hair health, these include biotin, zinc, and selenium – natural minerals that can be taken as gummies. And finally there is the more radical option of hair transplant surgery.


Finasteride and a Receding Hairline

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Finasteride is the simple way to stop a receding hairline. A pill a day will stop MPB in ninety percent of men. Not a bad rate, really! Finasteride – or Propecia, as it is commonly branded – is the only men’s hair loss treatment that can be taken orally, and it is the treatment which is backed by the most research. 

In men, hair loss most commonly happens because of the way that the male body turns testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This chemical reduces the size of your hair follicles and ultimately leads to their permanent damage. In most men, it is the hair follicles at the hairline that are most vulnerable to DHT, which explains why it’s normally your hairline that recedes first. 

Finasteride reduces the amount of DHT in your blood, by targeting the enzyme that produces it. It tackles the agents of baldness right at their source.


Minoxidil and a Receding Hairline

Minoxidil, alternatively, works by dilating blood vessels and encouraging blood flow to the area of the body on which it’s been applied. The more blood flowing around your scalp the better, as blood brings nutrients and oxygen that keeps your hair and its follicles healthy. And this, in the long term, prevents further follicle damage – putting a brake on a receding hairline. 

Scientists using Minoxidil to treat high blood pressure noticed that a side effect was hair growth. Studying this effect on its own, they found that when applied to the crown and scalp, they saw hair regrowth in the majority of cases (after forty-eight weeks). Whilst the research was conducted primarily on the crown, Minoxidil is effective on the hairline too. 

For those of you who really dislike taking tablets, Minoxidil might be a better option – although you will have to apply it to your scalp twice daily.


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The days of irreversible hair loss are over. We now know how to stop a receding hairline. With drugs that are now proven to be effective in the battle against baldness, there’s no reason to lament the loss of your locks. Finasteride and Minoxidil are the most common and effective treatments available, with Finasteride perhaps having the edge – backed by more scientific research and with easier treatment. 

If you choose one treatment, Finasteride is considered the more effective of the two. However, the best treatment regime for tackling a receding hairline is to use both Finasteride and Minoxidil together.