How to Tell If You Have a Receding Hairline

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If you think your hairline is receding, you’re probably right.

We do have gut instincts which are often correct.

However, you may want to know for sure. Today, we’re going to show you how to spot an early receding hairline. Our tips will help you to figure out if your hairline is moving back.


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Use the Comb Trick

a plastic fine-tooth comb

To determine whether or not you’ve got an early receding hairline, grab a comb with fine teeth. Then, insert the comb into the front portion of the hairline.

Next, comb all of the hair back, towards the crown (top) of your head. Once this step is complete, move forward by holding your hair in place with a single hand.

Then, look into a mirror and see if your hairline has a “horseshoe” shape.

With the horseshoe shape, the hairline recedes behind the temples and dips down in the center.

If you see the distinctive, horseshoe shape, which may also be described as an “M” shape, it’s a clear sign that you do have a receding hairline.

Whether or not it’s an “early receding hairline” will depend on your age. Some guys have receding hairlines as early as right after puberty. Others don’t get hit with receding hairlines until they are thirty-five or a bit older. In general, receding begins right over the temples.

Look at Men in Your Family

son with his dad

Another tip is to look at men in your family. Your father and grandfathers are examples. Are they bald? Do they have receding hairlines? When do you remember them losing their hair? Were they youngish, or much older?

If you feel like your hairline is receding and you remember male relatives having the same issue around your age, it’s probably genetics at play.

In particular, if your hair is a lot like your dad or grandfather (color, texture, etc.), you may find that your hairline is similar as well, and this extends to if and when it will recede.

Genetics does play a pivotal role in how and when men lose their hair. If you have a young son, you’ll probably notice that his hairline is very similar to what yours was when you were his age.

While there are exceptions, men do tend to inherit their hairlines from their dads (or their grandfathers). So, it’s likely that what your hairline looks like right now is what your son’s is going to look like when he’s your age.

If his hairline doesn’t look like yours, it probably looks like the hairline of one of his grandpas (when grandpa was the same age as your son).

Hair Loss May Start Very Early

younger guy with classes and hat

A dermatologist named Gary Hitzig, who wrote a book called Help and Hope for Hair Loss, says that hair loss which starts early tends to become the most severe form of hair loss. He also says that it’s a misconception that hair loss is a signal of old age.

Dr. Hitzig knows from experience that young men in their 20s and 30s deal with it, too, from receding hairlines to bald spots and beyond.

Some young men may try to cover up the problem with hats and caps (older guys do this, too – just look at the Edge from U2).

Younger guys may feel self-conscious because they believe that they are too young to be losing their hair! The truth is that receding hairlines and/or general hair loss make guys of all ages feel worse about themselves. A few don’t mind losing their hair, but most wish it wasn’t happening!

…And Can Be Difficult to Hide

guard at Buckingham Palace

If you look at the Duke of Cambridge (Prince William), who recently shaved his head after years of struggle with hair loss, you’ll see that his pattern of hair loss started young, just like his grandfather’s, Prince Phillip, did. At the relatively young age of twenty-eight, Prince William already had a bald patch which was clearly visible. Prince Phillip had noticeable hair thinning at the same age.

These days, Prince William is 35 and he’s pretty much bald, except for some hair on the sides and back and a little bit on top, which he’s chosen to shave off.

Both Prince William and his grandfather have fair hair which is fine and straight. Prince William’s father, Prince Charles, had much darker hair, which is now white. Although Prince Charles’ hairline has moved back a bit over time, he’s not bald and his hair is actually pretty thick in light of his age.

While the royals may occasionally cover up bald spots and receding hairlines with crowns, they probably don’t like this type of hair loss any more than any other man does. Hair loss does not discriminate based on income and social status.

Genetics are a big deal. Male pattern baldness is known as androgenic alopecia and it may start as early as age twenty.

According to hair loss treatment experts at The Begravia Centre (UK), the first sign of male pattern baldness is a receding hairline with an “M” (horseshoe) shape.

Take Selfies Regularly and Compare Them

Another practical tip is to track your hair loss by taking selfies once a month. Keep the lighting and background for the pictures the same each time if you can. Also, comb your hair back each time. Then, store the photos on your phone or PC. If your hairline is receding, you may notice gradual change. Some hairlines recede faster than others.

If you hang onto your old driver’s licenses or passports, comparing new and old versions of these official documents may allow you to see if your hairline really has changed over time.

How to Hide a Receding Hairline

Cuvva hair fiber bottle

Cuvva. Image via website.

Now, you know how to determine whether or not your hairline is receding. We’ve talked about what to look for. This means that it’s time to talk about solutions.

There are ways to conceal receding hairlines. Quick fixes include new hairstyles and/or hair fiber products.

Hair fiber products feature best-quality cotton or keratin fibers which cling to natural hair and make it look a lot fuller. These hair building products come in a variety of hair shades, so it’s simple to find a perfect match. They really do make hair look remarkably fuller.

To use them, just shake them onto sparse areas, such as the front of your hair, where your hairline is moving back. Hair fiber formulas vary, but most are tinted powders which contain static charges. The static charges bind them to hair for long-lasting results.

Hair fiber products typically work until the next shampoo and they are affordable and easy to apply.

Your other options are topical hair growing formulas (which sting and cause itchiness), toupees (please don’t), hair transplant surgery or Propecia oral medication (which may cause dizziness and impotence). All of these options have downsides, so why not make life easy for yourself by using a hair fiber product?

It’s a quick way to look better fast.

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